Monday, December 19, 2016

Hey 19

So how are your to-do's looking on this 19th day of December? Mine are mostly done, or at least I think they're done, Christmas wise anyway. House wise is a whole 'nother story.

Who moves in the middle of November? Ka-razy!

Every day I do a little wrapping, a little baking, and a little rearranging of our household goods. Still trying to decide on where to place a few miscellaneous tables, lamps, and assorted keepsakes. Still need to buy a few things and still need to hang more pictures, but Rome wasn't built in a day and neither was this house. I figure if it took fourteen months to get here I can give myself two or three to organize.

Painters come tomorrow and I will be so happy to say goodbye to all the blue tape. For those not in the know, when you move into a brand new house you slap a piece of blue tape everywhere there's a ding-scuff-oops-mark of any kind and then the painter knows right where to go with his brush. Let's just say hubs has a super keen eye and there is mucho blue tape round here.

Somebody will also be here tomorrow to replace my laundry room counter top because they originally cut the counter out of the material meant for my garage counter and put my laundry room material in the garage. Bother.

Note to self-clear off laundry counter. Also-do laundry.

Somebody is also supposed to come jiggle something or other in the icemaker downstairs so it doesn't sound like a jackhammer running. We've never had a stand alone ice maker before, but I'm pretty sure that's not how they're supposed to sound.

And somebody is supposed to come replace a thing-y in our indoor fireplace and that's all I know about that. Except not to turn it on until they've been here. That's important.

While all the nonsense is happening on the home front I'll be getting a hair cut. I could not have timed the appointment any better if I'd tried. Hubs will be here managing things and I will be catching up with my stylist while she works her magic on my hair.

This girl gets here tomorrow too-

Okay so she's really more this girl now-

But in my mind she's always that girl.

Last night hubs and I watched The Sound of Music. It was playing on TV and kind of made my heart ache for little girls in the house.

Little girls who grab clothes from the dress up box and act out the 'So-long, farewell' routine with their parents as audience.

Little girls who giggle and snuggle and burrow their way into one another's hearts as only sisters can.

Little girls who haven't spent a Christmas apart in twenty six years, but who will adult like the bosses they are from either side of the country come December 25th.

Miles apart, but close in heart we'll ponder that long ago silent night. We'll welcome the day that love came down...

...and give thanks for the ties that bind.


  1. Aww! I watched Sound of Music last night too... my favorite movie of all time. My daughters and I got to go to Salzburg together on an orchestra trip and it was a wonderful experience together. This will be the first year oldest daughter will not be home on Dec. 24 and 25. They are spending it with hubby's side of the family in Maine. She's not happy about it, but we told her it was the right thing to do, that marriage is give and take, and new traditions, etc. But, it will be quiet here! Just 3 of us. (We are all meeting in Charlotte on the 28th for a Tim McGraw concert and the Belk Bowl - and we are ALL looking forward to that time together!) Merry Christmas Joyce!

  2. I just want to post a string of hearts here. Emojis that say love, love, love.

  3. Beautiful family, Joyce. Have a very Merry Christmas.

  4. Haven't seen that movie in a long time...but how I love it. Now I've got that music in my head, lol. Don't have much to do but for some reason have been forcing myself. I do better with LOTS to do and pressure, lol.

  5. Your girls are such cuties, both then and now. We won't have either girl on Christmas this year and it will be their first year apart too.

  6. Oh, yes, we do have to "adult" at times and it's not always easy. We'll have our Oklahoma family with us this year for the first time in 4 years. We are soooo excited! Wishing you a most blessed Christmas celebration!

  7. I still remember making my list of all the things the builder needed to fix after we moved in - 44 years ago. You have a lovely family. Have a very Merry Christmas.

  8. Love the photos of your daughters. So cute! Yes I remember that blue tape and sorry about those counter tops. You have been busy and glad that your hubby is handling things while you get your haircut.