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Later on we'll conspire...
as we dream by the fire...



Another wonderful evening around the fireplace...oh how I'm loving this!


To re-cap my day, I got up this morning and had a writing project to do for church and thought it best that I work from home to get it done. I get much less interruption there and can bust through work faster. I am trying to get several big things done in preparation to take a little time off during Christmas week with my family. This afternoon after sipping on strong coffee all morning and working on the newsletter amongst other things, my eldest son comes in and says, "Momma, get ready and shut your computer off. You're coming with me." I said, "Son, I do have some more work to do..." and he wouldn't take no for an answer and said, "finish it tonight. You're coming with me...and I'm taking you to lunch."

I went with him to the new shopping mall in New Tampa. We went to Moe's for lunch and did some Christmas shopping for Casey and Larry. It was a nice time together as we always have. I love that boy so much if no one has figured that out yet. He's just the apple of his Momma's eye that's for sure.

I came home and did some housecleaning and prepared to have Val over for dinner tonight. She is a piano student, an absolutely wonderful young woman, and someone who has become a friend. I'm just crazy about her. Last night she had her work party and couldn't make her regular lesson time and we rescheduled for tonight and I said, "why don't you just come for dinner first, then we'll have your lesson..." Perfect excuse to have her to our house! (I've been wanting to anyway.) When Val walked in our house she said, "oh how cozy! And it's the perfect scent of Christmas candles and garlic bread!" :-) I know her favorite food is spaghetti. Well you know, we just love my husband's spaghetti in our household and I asked him to make some for tonight. We had my ceasar salad recipe, garlic bread and spaghetti, and then went on the patio to make smores. I took our teapot and cups out on the patio coffee table and we sat around the fire. It was a lot of fun talking out there and sharing. Everyone in the fam was here but Dustin -- he went to Casey's for dinner tonight.

We had Val's lesson and then after she left Larry put another log on the fire and I came back outside for a while with my computer by the fire to finish my work I had left undone this afternoon. (The beauty of laptops and wireless internet!) I'm caught up for the moment and will be able to enjoy Fun Friday tomorrow...I think. I really would like to finish our Christmas shopping and have that put to rest.

Savanna and I are also dreaming a bit about a little overnight trip we might be able to take as a fam on Christmas week. I'm really hoping...it would be so much fun. I'm ready for a break before the new year takes off.


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