While we were in New Castle, we decided it would be fun to make a special project. Actually, Micki did. The project master. So, we brought with us a complete Gingerbread House-making kit. And boy did we have fun. Grace was working on her own, Mercedes tried to finish in about 30 seconds, Allie and I had fun working together, and all of us did our best to try to keep Kassie from licking her fingers CONSTANTLY! Clean up was even more fun in the bathroom. I’m sure you can imagine. But it was fun, and they all have a little memory they made this year at Christmas.
I’ve been trying to get to one of Brian’s productions for over a year now, and was really excited to finally go. Even though it was incredibly busy, we broke from the chaos to drive up to Lansing to see the Mt. Hope Church’s production of Scrooge. Brian was Marley and all of his kids were in the production too. It was fun to see B’Ellana and Daniel dancing and singing, especially B’Ellana’s huge smile as she sang. And fun to see Davey peek his head through in a scene with the ghost of Christmas Present. Fun time, fun Christmas memory, and even more exciting to see many people make decisions for Christ that night. Plus, true to form, Brian was the funniest character of the night.
Yesterday sucked. Micki and Grace were both having less than stellar days. We were all feeling the push of Christmas. Tyranny of the urgent. Tons of tasks and not time to get them done. All that stuff. It took me around 4 hours to do the bills, doing some end of the year stuff [and setting up electronic payments], and we needed to get more Christmas presents, clean the house, etc. The anxiety set in on my ladies and I was out-flanked. Drowning in the estrogen ocean, baby!
Grace had asked me if we could do a special project in her 365 different projects book. Making a custom tissue paper holder. I told her I would if I could finish the bills first. After that there was laundry to do, dinner stuff, etc. Needless to say, we didn’t get to it. Especially after her final meltdown which I had zero toleration for. Smack-down central.
Today after church, Micki had to hang with her cell group to help needy families and junk like that. Grace and I got to spend the afternoon together. We had lunch with Strods at Cottage Inn and then got some supplies for our project.
It was fun working together with her. We really enjoy slowing down to do things together. She articulated several times how much she enjoyed it and how much she likes doing these kind of projects with me. It was really fun. We then wrapped some Christmaas presents for Micki and played some video games. Not a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon. The only thing better would be her strong desire to watch the NFL for five hours…