Tuesday, December 02, 2008

My children are great!

Yesterday afternoon I had to run errands for several hours. I left the children finishing up school work and tidying the house so we could decorate when I got home.

When I arrived home, This is what I saw:


Inside, Joan, Marley and Sam were busy:


All the boxes of Christmas decorations had been brought in from the garage and the entire house was decorated and presents were wrapped!

Decorating is my least favorite chore, so I felt like I'd just been given the best gift. What will I do when they're all grown up and gone?

Years ago we lived in California and Steve was deployed to Okinawa for six months. Glenn and Aric were little and were in Florida with their mother for Christmas. I had no other children. All of my extended family was in Alabama and Steve's extended family was in Florida. I worked, and did not have the money to fly to Alabama or Florida, so I was staying in our house on base alone for Christmas. A friend at work told me I really should get a tree and decorate for the holiday. We had two little boxes of tree decorations and Christmas do-dads, so I pulled out a string of colored lights and hammered a few tacks on the wall in the living room in the outline of a Christmas tree and strung that one string of lights on it. It worked for me, but my friend said it was the most pitiful thing she'd ever seen. My parents surprised me with an airplane ticket to fly to Alabama for a few days over Christmas, so I was able to enjoy their decorations.

Maybe Steve will take over the decorating when the children are gone.

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6 Comments:

Blogger Donna Boucher said...

Wow!!! This would be a marvelous treat for me too!!!

They did a wonderful job!!! How pretty everything looks!

Your house is beautiful!

1:43 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thanks, Donna! If not for the kids I'd be looking for a good excuse (like yours with new flooring going in) not to decorate!

2:12 PM  
Blogger Wool Winder said...

I used to like to decorate when the kids were little, but now it just seems like work. I might put out a few things that are easy to get to, but we're skipping the tree this year since it's just going to be me and John.

2:31 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I applaud your good sense, Tracy!

Now I understand why my grandmother left her Christmas decorations up year-round. Why bother taking them down once they're up and you know you'll just have to do it all over again?

2:52 PM  
Blogger Dana said...

You are one fortunate mother!

Now....

what did they *want* (in return)?

Cynical in GA

7:27 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Nothing, Dana! Those particular children *like* to decorate.

No, if they'd been angling for something, they'd have raked the yard and cooked supper, too!

10:24 AM  

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