|Grandma loved having all 8 grandkids at her house|
|My son (right) loved spending time with his same-age cousin|
|On the day she flew back to DC, my niece wore "crazy braids"|
|The littlest girls modeled their new princess dresses|
|Even a 14-year-old boy loves a good hug from Grandma|
My kids loved seeing their cousins and I enjoyed the family visit, as well. Turns out I processed all that anxiety before they came, so I was able to calmly go with the flow. The final set left today and I celebrated with a nap. In a couple of hours, I'm taking daughter to see Wreck It Ralph, the first movie she ever sat through. It is, of course, her new favorite and I thought it was cute enough that I can tolerate it again.
I don't go back to work until Monday, but thankfully the rest of family goes back Thursday. Tomorrow I have to write 3 lectures that I'm delivering in two weeks. Thursday my mom is coming over so we can try to find the house again. After a week of nine extra humans coming and going, it's at its worst state ever. I'm a bit overwhelmed and welcome my mom's offer to help. Friday I want to go to in to the office to get it ready for next week. I realize that my mood is affected by my surroundings, and I long for order and serenity.
Happy New Year to anyone who stumbles across this post. I no longer make resolutions, but I will continue to pray daily that I live my life in a way that makes my creator proud.