After the hub-bub of getting my first batch of decorated cookies done for my family, I was DONE! Over-reaching with intentions to bake up a storm, and hand out cookies to nearly everyone, just didn't happen. My excitement for a new baking/decorating outlet definitely created a "bit off more than I can chew" scenario.
The rest of the holiday season was VERY low-key in our house. It was a nice change of pace. I'm usually unpacking the storage unit of all my Christmas regalia the day after Thanksgiving. 6 trees of various sizes, linens, chargers, and other table adornments, a DOZEN boxes from U-haul, filled to bursting with Old World Christmas ornaments....well, you get the picture! I'm OBSESSED with decorating for the holidays!
Perhaps next year, I'll offer a little peek into that crazy world as the holidays grow near. Do I dare? Do you care?
Back to the hub-bub...the absolute rush to make and ship gifts to my family in AZ in time. Also, my sister-in-law's birthday is the day after Christmas, so I can't mess up a timely delivery!
So things are going well, and on time, and I get word from my SIL that my 10-year-old niece, Megan, has been ill for days, and was admitted to hospital. Fever that comes and goes, rashes, pneumonia. All making for one scary time for our family. Megan was stoic, being strong, and though you could tell she was scared, didn't talk about it. My brother and SIL taking shifts sleeping at the hospital, while the other along with my parents, at home with my youngest niece. It was hellish! Being 1500 miles away, all I could do was wait for a daily update. Things got better, things got worse, things got better, things got worse. 8 long days....
Megan finally comes home from hospital, to much fanfare in the neighborhood. Signs, balloons, and enough smiles and hugs to even scare the Care Bears! It was a sight to see on video that a family friend shot and posted on Facebook.
I figure the least I can do is send my niece some cookies to hopefully brighten her day. And these are going out in the mail today.
I have a LOT of learning still to do, but these came together quite well, and quickly too!
With all the craptastic (my favorite word, by the way) events and mostly-off timing, things have turned out to have a pretty good start to the New Year. Health and happiness have returned, and I for one, have a great deal of hope for what 2011 will bring to us all.
May you all be blessed with a marvelous year!
Up next week....it's time for new designs! Valentine's Day and Mardi Gras are just around the corner!