On Wednesday, I was frantically running around town doing errands and frantically running around the house trying to clean it and make Kory's bed for his arrival home from his first semester at Baylor. Somehow I got it in my head that his plane arrived in Boston at 5:30pm. This was perfect, since we had tickets to a really special version of A Christmas Carol at 7:30pm in Concord, MA. We got on the road at about 3:45 after having to make two trips to the bank, since the teller forgot to give Robert back his driver's license. Kory texted about 30 minutes later: "On the ground in Boston!"
Boston is 80 miles from my house, and we had traveled only about 10 of those.
Robert had thought Kory's pick up time was 3:45pm, and indeed it was ~ with a 30 minute delay due to snow in Boston. I pulled up his itinerary, and 5:30 was not a time anywhere on the thing. So, Kory was right on time and I am crazy. The poor kid had to wait in Boston for TWO AND A HALF HOURS before we arrived. How's that for a warm welcome home?
And I'm not even going to describe the traffic going out of Boston to Concord and how we missed the opening scene of the musical and how I was in tears over missing this long-planned-event and how everyone's bladder was going to burst in the process and how we ate dinner at Denny's at 11pm and got home at 1:30am.
|Hordes and hordes of these|
This morning I realized that while we were out having fun and accomplishing tasks we also missed Kayla's final gymnastics class before the holidays, which she also missed last week due to being sick, which we also paid quite a lot of money for this semester.
I am losing my mind.
|Gingerbread house-making supplies|
There was a tea party ~ or "cupcake and cappuccino" party as we called it this year ~ for Kayla and friends, complete with a French theme. (And yes, I know that cappuccino is not really French.) And it was complete with all the usual gingerbread-house-making, treat-eating, and craft-for-mom-creating.
|Ready to be decorated by Kayla's guests!|
|Madeline HAD to make an appearance at our France-inspired Christmas Tea Party|
|One of my favorite Susan Brach Cookbooks ~ opens to this page automatically!|
|Did I mention it was an intense snowstorm and snow day for most while Cooper and I were shopping?|
This is the front of Whole Foods right as the snow started.
It's delicious, and I look forward to a cup every afternoon if I am home and can spare a few moments to prepare it. I haven't had coffee since the beginning of October when I read about its cross-reactant properties with gluten, and I can tell a huge difference with digestion/tummy issues. Here's the recipe:
Coconut Milk "Coffee"
1 1/2 cup coconut milk/almond milk
1/2 tsp tumeric 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp cardamom (I LOVE cardamom!) 1/4 tsp ginger 1/2 tsp vanilla 1 tsp grass fed butter
1 tsp coconut oil
1 Tbsp honey
In a small saucepan heat milk and add spices, butter, coconut oil, vanilla and honey. After about 5 minutes of heating make sure butter and oil are melted and then blend in a blender for 15-20 seconds until frothy. (Be very careful blending this hot mixture, though. Hold on to the lid of the blender!)
It's sort of like drinking chai minus the tea, but you could certainly steep some tea in this if you desire. I think it is delicious, and a delightful coffee replacement.
Here's a photo of the homecoming. This was taken at about 10:30pm on Wednesday night AFTER the musical and BEFORE a late night Denny's meal. Aren't they cute? It's so nice to have everyone home together for Christmas!
Here's what I'm trying to keep in my heart and mind as I go about the dizzying list of tasks. It's what Scrooge said, or actually what he prayed, down on his knees, in Wednesday night's beautiful performance, (based on Charles Dickens' own spiritual transformation) when he finally understood what God was trying to reveal to Him all along...
How silently, how silently, the wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts the blessing of His heaven.
No ear may hear His coming, but in this world of sin,
where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in.
O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray.
Cast out our sin and enter in, be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels, the great glad tidings tell
O come to us, abide with us, our Lord, Emmanuel.
Yes, descend to me, abide with me, enter in to my world of sin and chaos, keeping my heart meek, soft, and open to You being WITH me, as I forge ahead in my own strength all too often to "do" Christmas.
I pray you are also able to experience His nearness despite the frantic pace, and will have a very merry weekend-before Christmas!