Relief is setting in and I was even able to reminisce about years gone by in reply to my favorite blogger, Jen's latest post on peopleiwanttopunchinthethroat.blogspot.com/2011/12/holiday-gifts.html, where I sighed recalling "the good old days," and wished her:
"Merry Christmas, Jen. From mom of 19, 17, & 15 y/o's who cannot yet part with their Knex, Bitty Babies (or accesories) and still use DS as alarm clocks.
Grateful, this "jobless year without wages," they decided together to pool monetary gifts from relatives to use for Christmas Eve dinner out to favorite steakhouse in lieu of opening presents."
Gotta say, I was touched that my kids elected keeping family tradition of Christmas Eve dinner at Saltgrass Steakhouse using monetary gifts from Rick's sisters over buying themselves presents to open on Christmas day. They did the same thing last year using Christmas money from Grandma Carmy. My mom also footed the bill last time we went to Saltgrass, when RJ offered his high school graduation gift from her to be used to celebrate his special day. It's our favorite restaurant and I'm thankful we again will be able to enjoy a delicious meal there together.
My reply to a couple tweets posted by one of my favorite organization today: