This is the first time in awhile that I am giddy with holiday cheer! My cottage is decorated with a miniature Christmas tree, pink sparkling lights, and a wintery centerpiece. I spent 30 minutes putting up white lights outside on the balcony, only to find out they didn't work, so today I bought some new blue lights, and now everyone will know just how festive the cottage is! I've done a little bit of Christmas shopping, mostly ordering things online. I am having a fun time this year trying to figure out just what to get those special people in my life. I actually have a little extra cash (I got a raise!!!!), so finally my heart can beat with some gift-giving generosity.
I am more than excited to visit Steve's family this year because he tells me I am going to be "royalty" there. Wahoo! He has also told me so much about the place where he grew up, and I am anxious to see it all! It's amazing how it worked out so well, that we have enough time to visit his family, AND my family. We will be going to Tahoe after Christmas to visit with my dad and brother for a couple of days, and stopping to say hi to my Aunt. I get to show Steve around Gardnerville, where I grew up too. We'll also be able to see my mom and Philip on our drive back down south. She will be staying at my aunts in Danville, so we're going to spend one night there as well. It's going to be so much fun I can hardly contain myself!!
I'll be going to the work Christmas party solo this year - only because not everyone knows about us yet...but he promised me next year he'll take me :) He did say he will take me out for a nice holiday dinner sometime this month to make up for it! He is THE BEST.