I should so be packing right now. My laundry is going to be dry in a few minutes and then I have to get busy. The Jones family has had a great weekend so far. My parents came up for a quick visit yesterday so we could exchange gifts and just be together for about 24 hours. A couple of years ago Curt and I decided that since our families live 11 hours apart, it is just too much to try to see both during the holidays. So we do Thanksgiving with one and Christmas with the other, switching every year. The parents we won't see at Christmas come to us a few days before. It has worked very well.
The only crummy thing this year is that my mom, Jackson and I have all been under the weather and now my dad is coming down with it. Jackson had a 101 degree fever again last night, so he had to go to the doctor this morning. Bummer. The Mister has his first ear infection, complete with blisters on his ear drums. I felt so bad for him, I nearly cried. I felt like a terrible mother and I figured he'd probably had it for days and I didn't know. The doctor said the blisters could have only been there 12 hours at most. That helped me a little. I say this a lot, but Mommy guilt is a powerful thing.
Jackson got lots of fun clothes from Baby Gap (Mommy's favorite) and a play cell phone from his grandparents. His Aunt Melissa gave him a set of four rubber balls and of course they were the big hit of the day. My parents gave me some clothes and money toward a new couch. Yay! This one's on my wish list. It's three chaises put together.
I can just see me, my man, and my babies (all boys I bet) snuggled up on it together watching the new American Gladiators. (Y'all know the Moores were huge fans of that show back in the day.) Or maybe Ninja Warrior, which is Curt's favorite show. His other favorite show, oddly enough, is now Jon and Kate Plus 8. I guess he's well rounded.
Tonight we did our annual drive through Highland Park to see all the beautiful homes decked out with lights. You can ride through it in a horse drawn carriage. I desperately wanted to, but it was very cold and we had a sick boy, so it was not to be. Jackson kept saying, "Neigh! Neigh!" every time we saw one. That's my boy! He loves horses. His Nana just got one, so he's all set.
We will make the trek up to Missouri tomorrow after church. Curt has a new route mapped out for us this time. Get excited. If the Lord brings us to mind, we would love prayers for safe travel, good conversation, and a happy/healthy boy. We won't have Internet access at all next week, which will be painful, but I'm in need of a good detox.
Alright, my suitcase needs fillin'. Merry Christmas, bloggy peeps! May your hearts and homes be filled to overflowing with the joy of Christ.
Many blessings to you,