We were so excited that it was CHRISTMAS!!! We started opening our stockings at 8:30 and were done with all the gifts by 9:30. In my stocking, I received candy, a candle, and EOS lip balm. As far as gifts, I received money from my grandpa; two books and candy from a family friend; and an Alaska photo book Joshua made me. From my parents, I received handmade soap; a gift card to a local boutique; Romanov by Nadine Brandes (pre-order); When Chronic Pain & Illness Take Everything Away by Esther Smith; the print copy of Worlds Beneath by K.A. Emmons; and a jar of freezer raspberry jam (it’s the same jam that we had in Alaska and LOVED).
I also did a little online shopping this morning and pre-ordered To Best the Boys by Mary Weber and The Deceivers by Kristen Simmons, plus purchasing a DVD of Spiderman Homecoming and a used copy of More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer (I don’t buy books the library has… unless they’re AMAZING books that I just want to own, like this one).
I gave my mom a book by Mike and Peggy Rowe that she wanted, and I gave my dad a coaster I brought from Alaska (although unfortunately it broke in my checked bag coming home). I gave Joshua a trilogy of books by Daniel Blackaby (I bought them at Write2Ignite and had Daniel sign them to Joshua), plus a glow-in-the-dark Frisbee from one of my clients, Eastern Mountain Sports. I told Joshua it’d be his favorite gift of this Christmas, and he said it is! We gave my grandpa an Alaska photo book. I helped Joshua make a video, titled Things You Can’t Do In Real Life If You’re Not Sophie, for our mom. And for my parents, I gave them a book called Hey, I Should Dust That (and other heartfelt poems and essays by Sophie). I started writing the book in July and procrastinated up until two weeks ago, when I finally had someone format it so I could order it. It arrived yesterday.
In the middle of opening gifts, we heard a knock on the door and found a gift–some chocolate covered cherries–from our next door neighbors. I guess that by now, they’ve figured out I was the one leaving gifts on their porch for the last three years! Sophie opened her stocking this morning to find treats and a new antler, and that occupied her for a while, but eventually she started getting into stuff and had to go in her crate.
My aunt, uncle, and two adult cousins came over for lunch and to visit for a few hours which was so fun. For lunch we had ham, baked pineapple, rolls, sweet potato souffle, chocolate pie, fruit, squash casserole, chicken and dumplings, etc. I had to go to our friends’ house mid-afternoon to pet sit. When I got back it was 3:30 and my aunt and uncle were leaving. I was in pain and dead tired so I went to bed. Later I got up, read Esther Smith’s book (so good), messed around with some songwriting stuff, and my dad took me to our friends’ house to petsit again. And Christmas 2018 was over!