When one of my friends from college moved away, I wrote a card for her that said all the normal goodbye stuff, but also said that we should always be ok with picking up the phone or opening up an email to give each other a hello, no matter how long it has been. I wanted there to be no awkwardness in our long distance friendship even if "life happened" and it had been a long time since we had seen one another, spoked to one another, or even acknowledged the other one's presence. We made a standing agreement that when we thought about each other, if life allowed it, we would talk. I am so overdue for giving her a call or sending her an email. As she lived in Philly, England, Canada, and now Florida we have been able to see each other in two of those places and in visits to her family in Dallas. She just welcomed a new little boy and I have been thinking about her often. This standing agreement for any contact and no awkwardness has been so beneficial in our friendship.
I am so grateful for adult friendships like mine with her and with other women. Pure friendships that can just pick up where they left off. It's wonderful when you don't see someone for quite some time and then when you do, conversation is easy, smiles are abundant, and you can just be comfortable in one another's presence again. Crystal has been here with her family, visiting from SLC. We keep up fairly consistently (text messaging helps with that, at all hours of the night) and being able to visit with her in person has been fantastic. The kids have gotten along well and it doesn't seem like, normally, there are several states, many miles, and quite a bit of elevation between us! I will miss her again when she leaves, but I am so glad that I live in the same city where her family does so that we see each other face to face more frequently than we would otherwise.
I also have a little "approval" if you will to go see Crystal, on my own (!), sometime this spring. Very much looking forward to that. Too bad Florida isn't on the way!
Tonight the girls were watching a Mickey Mouse Christmas special while I played with Johnny. The special comprised of three different stories and the last one was a Mickey and Minnie retelling of the classic "The Gift of the Magi" story. In their version, Minnie sells her watch to buy Mickey a harmonica case and unbeknownst to her, he has sold his harmonica to buy her a chain for her watch. I've always found this story to be supremely bittersweet and feel so bad for both people involved. Yes, their intentions were pure and good, but in the end it was all for naught. It's sad in how giving they are to one another.
How do you tell the difference between a minor cold and perpetual seasonal allergies? Is it because we all have it around the same time? Is it because the kids are all linked genetically to two people with fairly rampant seasonal allergies? Is it worthy of going in for (never)? Is it stay at home worthy? Plug through things and hope nobody notices you opening your mouth a thousand times an. Hour to try and relieve the pressure on your ears? Whatever it is, it's diet coke worthy, the coca cola counterpart to my usual diet dp offers a nice bite and extra effervescence to cut through the drips and scratches in my nose and throat. Some nice rest and a bit of downtime this evening was also appreciated. Of course my blood pressure was a bit elevated by the aggie game...I love my boys even when they lose...but a comfortable evening in should deliver just the ticket to having a great Sunday.
The last time Matt and I participated in Black Friday was 2008. I had gone with my mom several times as a kid and teenager, but those were the days when you could wake up around 6 or 7, be home a few short hours later, and head up to College Station or down to Pearland to watch the aggie game live or on TV as tradition rotated. In 2008, our neighbor was waking up at the crack of dawn, Matt had off, and we thought it would be fun to see what all the hub was about. I think we got to Walmart around 4 or 5 and watched the chaos. It was nuts. People were in fights over power wheels, toys, pajamas, and electronics. I think we bought a strand of Christmas lights, a few ornaments, and some duct tape. We went to kohls before heading back home to relax in bed. We went on to make it a fantastic Friday, our last Black Friday pre kids, with leisurely strolls around the mall and target, lunch at BJs, and seeing Four Christmases at the theater. We stood firm against going out on thanksgiving and after mulling back and forth over whether I wanted to stay up to go out around 12:30 or 1 or sleeping and going early this morning, I decided to wake up around 5 this morning. It was amazing. It was the deadest I have ever seen Walmart. I was able to stroll around, picked up a few good deals, and smiled at every worker I saw. I went on to kohls where I was able to pick out several items for loved ones (and got $30 kohls cash!). I moved from their to target where I got a screaming deal on something we had been looking for and didn't think we would get, picked up two skirts for Keegan on clearance that I had been plotting to buy her anyways, and was able to thoroughly enjoy my diet dp while doing all of these things. It was fantastic! Did I miss out on some great sales? I'm sure. But the time with my family and resting was more important. With the exception of the skirts, everything else would be available at a pretty good price in the coming weeks. In fact, the only reason I'm feeling any pressure to get stuff done today is due to some scheduling things that may take shopping time off my hands. We did go out later to try and use a coupon I forgot I had and to get groceries. The stores were crazy again. It seems that 5-9 was the sweet spot and if people want to cut into their turkey/turkey coma time every year, I will gladly take the second shift of shopping for years to come. And maybe I will add a chicken biscuit to that diet dp next year too!
We have so much to be thankful for. Thankful for one another, our friends and our family. Thankful for our resources, financial, shelter, and consumables that both sustain us and entertain us. Thankful for our church, it's work, it's people, and it's presence in our lives. Thankful for my husband who works so hard to provide for us, that reads to the kids, that makes me laugh, that works with me to get where we want to be. Thankful for Mac, who is entertainingly brilliant, learning how to be sweet and kind, and who is so discerning to others but can be the silliest goofball around us. Thankful for Keegan who is passionate about many things, who lives her life fully, and nurtures and loves in such an intrinsic way because it sustains her little heart. Thankful for Johnny who loves fully and completely in the purest of ways, who can't help but smile at others, and who works hard to accomplish everything in his life. I'm thankful for our extended family and the impact they have made on us and the support given to us. I'm thankful for our friends who are invested in us and where we are going. I'm thankful for our jobs that help provide for more than we could ever need. I'm thankful for God and the life He has granted us, we hope to always live it to the fullest and to glorify and praise Him throughout this life we face.