We had a super Johnson family Christmas party last night! Lots of family members attended.....I think I counted 46. The girls crafted Christmas ornaments, the boys played legos and blocks, the adults visited and passed around Millie Janalee (Russ and Megan's 5 month old baby), and everyone ate delicious food and enjoyed one another's company. Jimmy and I took numerous pictures, including a group photo, but they are on Jimmy's camera, and I can't download them right now (I think the battery in the camera is being recharged). Anyway, I will share pictures from the fun night later on!
I got to bed around 12:45 AM, and my alarm went off at 5:30 AM. I was NOT ready to get up! But my running shoes were calling me, and Lynn and Esther were planning to meet me. 22 miles. It was freezing out there--32 degrees when we began, and the wind was so strong. There were times that we were almost blown off the street! Esther stopped around mile 9 (she ran 20 yesterday), and Lynn and I struggled to finish out the 22. We stopped three times at our friends the Claytons' house, and every time I wanted to just curl up on their couch with a cup of coffee! But we pressed on. And on. And on. We had to walk a lot at the end--my knee started hurting, and we were just both tired. But we finally finished! 4 hours, 20 minutes. I am really hoping that the magic of Disney will carry us through this marathon!
I am so tired and sore that I cannot get off of my couch. I have already taken a short nap, and now I am making my final to-do lists. I have a grocery list, a gift wrapping list, a cooking list, and a general to-do list made. I assigned tasks to each day, today through Monday. I hope that I can make homemade cinnamon rolls tonight. That is part of our Christmas Day menu, and I would like to make them today and put them into the freezer.
While Lynn and I were running today, I lamented the fact that this holiday season has not flowed the way I wanted it to. This whole year has thrown me for a small loop, and I am already planning on how next year I will be more organized, and I will work on Christmas projects all year long--beginning this January! I have forgotten several things this December, including gifts and crafts, and I have not had the time I like to have for just enjoying the season. We haven't put together any puzzles or played any games this month. I have just been too busy! And I don't like that. I am looking forward to visiting with my parents and my brothers and their families this weekend and later visiting with Jimmy's family too, but I am really looking forward to Christmas Day--a day when I will enjoy a long leisurely day with my family. Watching the children and Jimmy open their gifts, playing with them with their new toys, drinking mocha punch and coffee all day, and preparing a special meal for my family--all in my pajamas.
I'm going to work on my list now if I can get up!