Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The pretzel king

Christmas Eve, Eve. When my youngest son was little, we would do the eve...eve...eve thing for days. On the 18th of December, he knew just how many eves to tack on.

I would give everything I own to go back to those days of Christmas wonder and hope. When the kids were little and Santa was on his way...when the house was full of love and wonder and great smells from the kitchen. When I, as mommy, could make all the hurts better and see the joy on those beautiful faces. Everything...in a heartbeat. That's what this time of year is all about.

I am about prepared for the big day, other than the cleaning and cooking. We braved the cold and crowds to go to the grocery store last night, it wasn't as bad as I had expected, we were in and out in under an hour. $165 later, we were finished. Today, I have to bake and cook - as our family celebration will be here on Christmas Eve night. On Christmas day, each of the kids has elsewhere to be and Mark and I are driving to the Quad Cities to spend the day with my youngest sister, Shell and of course her girls - Carli and Alex (and Rob too). I certainly hope this time we can actually get there, as we were supposed to go this past Saturday and we had to turn around, the weather was just too awful.

My youngest is actually supposed to help me today, he is the king of the chocolate-dipped pretzel...and not too bad at decorating a sugar cookie. He is my Christmas kid. The other two like it okay, but he is Christmas through and through. He will be a great father someday.

I hope this day is wonderful for each of you. Hugs.


fiwa said...

Yum, chocolate dipped pretzles! Enjoy the day with your son.

Merry Christmas,

fiwa said...

You sneaky girl, you had me stumped for a few minutes. :)

SOUL: said...

it's so good to come over here and see the door opened again.
i can almost picture your three as little ones -- buggin the crap outta ya -- :))

i hope you have a wonderful christmas (eve) with your family.

and i hope you make it to sises safe and sound , and have a great time there too.
be careful !


Cheryl said...

My days of cooking for a crowd are done for a little bit. No Christmas Eve here. Em will be with her dad and I'll be home, alone and it will be quiet and relaxing. I hope you have help, and that the eve is drama-free.

Raine said...

Its good to see you back. Merry X-mas

Summer said...

Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Wow Jamie, or is it Liza, I'm so happy that you came back in time for me to wish you a very Happy Christmas. I'm sorry to hear that things are not going well my love but a new year is fast approaching full of new possibilities.

I hope with all my heart that life gets a lot better in the New year. Love and best wishes to you and your family and be safe on those treacherous roads.