Saturday, December 3, 2011
All week long, I was planning – in my head – all kinds of witty and entertaining stuff to share after my “hiatus” from blogging. It would be the best post ever. Now that I sit down to post … I get nothing. Big fat zilch. So I’ll just do a wrap-up of the week that kept me too busy to blog.
Wednesday was my last day of work … now I’m officially re-retired! My co-workers had a “snack day” in my honor … yummy! I enjoyed the opportunity to go back to work … I enjoyed reconnecting with my former co-workers and making some new friends with those hired after I retired 3 years ago … I enjoyed the work and being able to set my own hours … and adding to our retirement nest egg in this uncertain economy was a huge blessing. But I’m really glad that I’m done. I’m so looking forward to being able to help out DD without worrying about trying to schedule work around it … being able to do more quilting and reading and working out in the yard … being able to get out on the bike trails whenever the weather’s nice … being able to do what I’d like whenever I’d like to.
As soon as I finished up at work Wednesday, we ran over to DD’s to pick up the Ts. It was wonderful to have a nice big block of time with them. Our time together also included swim lessons for the 3 oldest and some school time (thankfully DD sent their workbooks so Nana didn’t have to actually teach any lessons - ha!) ... and plenty of cuddling and playing. And T#2 and I got to have a nice block of time in the sewing room. She wanted to make what we call a blankie (some yardage of flannel or fleece that we turn under the edges – easy peasy). I had visions of piecing together a small quilt top (just some squares sewn together) for her first project, but she wanted to make a blankie for her mama … and in hindsight, that was probably the best first project for a 7 year old. It was a little hands-on for Nana, too as T#2 had trouble sewing straight … but she did all the sewing herself (and I didn’t once get impatient at how slowly she was going or how wobbly her seams were – I surprised myself ha!). She was so proud of her completed project.
It was a bittersweet moment when we took them back home last night. While I know how much they missed their mama and daddy and while I was glad that mama was feeling better, it’s just not the same here without the Ts.
We normally decorate for Christmas on the weekend after Thanksgiving, but with the Ts here the last couple of days, we thought we’d wait … leave more open space in the living room for playing. I had planned that we’d go get our tree today, now that the Ts are back home … but I think we’re going to wait until Monday. Shopping on the weekends leading up to Christmas is just crazy … we decided not to risk having to fight the crowds to buy a tree. And it’ll be nice to have a quiet weekend to rest up from a busy week.