One of my early ceramic efforts, a bowl decorated to look like a pond.
In the midst of some family issues, I feel like I'm just treading water, just holding my place until the storm subsides a bit. This isn't my favorite place to be; in fact, I've been wrestling with the Lord about our family difficulties, awake at all hours and having trouble concentrating. It's slowly getting better, but I still feel like my internal gyroscope got knocked sideways but good and isn't recovering very quickly.
I've started squirreling things away for Christmas for the kids. I'm not a last-minute shopper. I love the holidays, and really enjoy planning and choosing just the right gift for each person on my list. Sometimes I hit a home run; usually I've made a good guess. It's like a sport, but for a good cause. I found a hot pink Zhu Zhu pet for our daughter, and a couple Breyer horses for her as well. I'm not sure what to do for our son - he wants a Nintendo DS, so I'll have to watch the budget and see if that works out. At least I have his birthday stuff done. I'm not sure what to do for my husband, but I've got a few good ideas. I always buy books for the kids for Christmas (they both love to read), and our daughter has yet to get a Webkinz she didn't love, so I'll probably find one to put in her stocking. I always buy melty mints for the kids' stockings, and dark chocolate espresso beans and a Terry's dark chocolate orange for my husband. I always stick a treat in my own stocking, lol - usually dark chocolate of some sort. After surviving through Christmas morning, Mrs. Santa deserves some chocolate, don't you think?