(No, that's not me in the picture. You can tell by the manicured nails and the lipstick. Do you know when the last time I had either of those things on me was? Try never! But that is a frighteningly accurate depiction of what's happening to me today!)
I ran myself pretty ragged leading up to Christmas, trying to make everything perfect of course. I traded sleep for things like wrapping, cleaning, baking, planning, crafting, etc. Combine that with the darkness this time of year, a side of stress and anxiety, and I am just wiped out.
We had either 20 or 21 people in our little house for Christmas. I lost count. It was very cramped, but as far as I know, everyone had a good time and there was lots of laughter and joy. That made all the work worth it! My uncle supplied a big old hunk of prime rib which turned out amazing in my oven. It was just the reward I needed after all the work I put into getting ready for the day. Nothing got burnt (including my hands or arms!), nothing was dropped or ruined, dinner was relatively on time, gifts were enjoyed, children squealed with delight. It was all I could have asked for and more.
After the last guest departed on Christmas evening, I plopped down on the couch, completely spent. I was asleep by 8:45. I woke up at 9:30 long enough to trudge up the stairs to bed, where I stayed until 7:45 the next morning. Truthfully, I could've slept until noon, but I have a two year old who had other plans! It seems like I haven't been able to get really rested anytime since. I'm sure it's coming - I just have to get there!
Santa was good to us this year. He brought me a new lens for my camera, which I have only been able to play with a little bit, but which I am enjoying immensely anyway. He brought hubby a beautiful framed print with a whole lot of sentimental meaning, and he brought the kidlet a whole bunch of new toys! We actually only bought him a few small things this year, knowing that he would be spoiled from every direction anyway. And he was! We still haven't opened up all the new toys he got, just because he hasn't had time to play with all of them. I'm hoping for some down time this weekend to change that.
Speaking of down time, it's going to be above zero here for New Year's Eve and that is a rare treat! The university here does a great fireworks show, which I've never been to, because it's usually too cold or we have other plans. This year though, I plan to keep the kid up late (I think it starts at 8:00?) and go enjoy it! I can't wait!