Tired Mommy, but Merry Christmas

     Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays everyone!  It is Christmas night over here in Italy and we are patiently waiting for our roasted chicken, vegetables, and rice.  The kids are winding down- a little, so I decided to sneak a post in before it gets hectic in here again.  I am so exhausted, but it's that type of exhaustion that is rewarding.  Does that even make sense?  I mean, I am super tired from running around preparing for Christmas, but my reward was seeing the joy on my son's face when he woke up!  It was definitely worth every tight muscle in my back.   
     It all started when I decided it would be a good idea to make sugar cookies AND icing from scratch.  Next time, I will make half of the recipe.  I ended up with about 90 cookies!  Then I definitely made too much frosting.  But, surprisingly, CJ wanted to decorate almost every single cookie.

     After the baking bonanza, I had to wrap a few more gifts, arrange them around the tree (yes, this takes time...it had to look like Santa dropped them off), and clean up my awful mess in the kitchen.  Around 2:30 AM, my work was done.  I finished with a letter, a few bites out of some cookies, and an empty coke can.  8:30 AM rolled around too fast, but I was pleasantly surprised with a brand spanking new camera (Thanks Babe).  We woke up the kids and the unwrapping began.  I loved every moment of it.  They were so happy that Santa enjoyed their cookies and left them with an abundance of gifts.  Now that our day is almost complete, I want crawl under my nice ikea blanket on the couch and watch the television until I fall asleep.  I am blessed that I can do so, because my parents are visiting and offered to watch the kids while we go out tonight!  So, the hubby and I are going to have a romantic date on the couch in the living room (we have doors to separate us from the rest of the house) and indulge in NBA games and cocktails.  Damn, I feel old.  Have a wonderful day in America!  We miss our home on the holidays, but are blessed to have family visiting and an wonderful place to spend Christmas overseas.


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