Christmas Countdown #4 = Christmas guests

The elegant Westin Hotel Dublin, Ireland, in the heart of the capital city, on the crossroads between the north and the south, wonderfully presented, urban, chic, memorable, enjoy!:)
Photo by UggBoy♥UggGirl
Absolutely in no way a photo of any room in my home.

We are so lucky this year.  My mom and stepdad (Zumu and Zufu) are here from California for Christmas, and David’s mom (Grammelie Groo) will be arriving tomorrow.  It is such a treat to get to visit and play games and just be together.  I love the fact that Quinland gets to have special time with all of her grandparents over the course of the year, even though she might not see them all at once!

I struggle with my shortcomings as a hostess.  All the things that normally drive me crazy about myself – a cluttered house, no consistent meal plan, a hectic schedule – seem to be magnified a thousandfold when I really want to provide the people I care about with nuturing surroundings, good – and timely! – meals, and time to relax together.

I rip articles out of magazines about how to make your guest room feel like a bed-and-breakfast, how to make your guests feel welcomed, how to take a trial run in the room yourself and see the experience from their eyes.  I’m guessing that selling the guest bed, emptying the guest room of furniture so Greg can move into it (giving them the choice of our room, an air bed or the sofas to sleep on) and leaving them to fend for themselves for meals while I go to work each day and race from health appointment to health appointment each evening isn’t exactly what Better Homes and Gardens had in mind.

So I guess I am not just lucky to have them here. I’m lucky that they love me so much that they understand my difficulties, realize that I am improving all the time, and still love me – and want to visit me! – despite it all.

Daily Check-In:

  • I’m grateful! for the fun time we had playing games last night.  I actually forgot to blog, and I’m unapologetic about it, because I was spending important time with my family.  Zufu is a ringer at Tumblin’ Dice.
  •  I’m lighter!  My fabulous husband (yes, that’s David) worked his tail off on our upstairs yesterday.  Our bedroom is absolutely beautiful… and also filled with stuff we are selling on eBay, but nice, neat stuff.  I joined in when I finally got home at 8:30 pm by doing laundry (3 loads!), playing games and putting stuff away.

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