Thursday, December 10, 2009

I'm Back!

I just wanted to let everyone know I'm back from our Spokane trip.  I've had several comments and e-mails asking where I've been.  I really appreciate being missed.  We had a great time seeing and visiting my son, DIL and beautiful granddaughter in Spokane.  It was cold but gorgeous out there.  Now we're back in beautiful Pennsylvania and winter has arrived here.  In the last two days we've had snow, ice, sleet, rain, thunder and lightning.  Needless to say, I go outside as little as possible.  But I love looking out the windows.  There really is something very warm and cozy about being inside and looking out at this kind of weather and scenery.  Ask me about this again in February, though.
I have pictures that I'll get up as soon as I'm a little more caught up and organized.  I plan on getting my Christmas shopping done this weekend.  Then next Thursday again we leave for Cincinnati for a long weekend to celebrate Christmas with all our family there.  For those of you that know me by now, I must continue with my lists and staying organized.  That's the only way I can get everything done without getting too overwhelmed.
My mission for this Holiday Season is to appreciate and enjoy the season for what it should be.  I'm letting my whole family know that I am limiting the gifts and the stress.  The gifts that I do give are going to be useful and/or needed and not just something to fill a pretty box so the skirt under the tree is covered in piles.  Not happening this year and I have such a good feeling about it.  Christmas is about celebration and love of family, life and appreciation of what we have.  Not about things!  This is my mission statement for this wonderful Christmas and Holiday Season!

7 comments:

DJan said...

Welcome back, Nina! And I was just going to say, before you explained, that you are the most organized person I know. Glad to hear we'll get pictures soon. It's that time of year when we can get overwhelmed with tasks, so I'm glad you are cutting back, for your sake.

Theresa said...

I missed hearing from you, Nina! I am happy you are back and sounds like you have beautiful winter weather! Stay warm and be safe on all your journeys!

Lily Robinson said...

I haven't yet started my Christmas shopping. But, now that the cold and snow are arriving, I'm getting 'in the mood' for it! Maybe I'll even put up the tree this week...

Lily Robinson said...

Oops, forgot to say 'welcome back', but I guess I did that already on FB. Still waiting for those 'grand' pics!

Annette said...

Hi Nina and welcome back. I sure missed you!! I'm doing the same thing this Christmas. It's so easy to lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas and instead get caught up in the materialism and commercialism of the holiday.

Annette said...

Hi Nina and welcome back! I'm doing the same thing this Christmas. It's so easy to get caught up in the materialism and commercialism of the holiday and forget the true meaning of Christmas. I'm so glad to not be working retail this year so I can really focus on enjoying my family!
Really glad you're back!

Cottage Rose said...

Hi Nina; Happy to hear you had a great time,,, can't wait to see some photos.... My shopping is just like yours,,, I feel the same as you do,,, it is less about the gift, and more about the reason,,,,, have a great weekend....

Hugs;
Alaura

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