Again, we plan a stress-free, easygoing holiday. Jumper slept at the dog's house last night...haha, not a boyfriend. She is dogsitting for a family who went out of town and left their dog behind with Jumper caring for it. I can't imagine leaving a pet home alone, so we have supported her time with the dog, poor thing. So she isn't here. Not yet. By 10, she will be back with Sonic and after a little settling in and teasing Sonic about what his present could be (he is so good-natured, everyone just loves to tease him), we will pass out presents. Jumper and I will be cooking throughout the day. Other than that, we will enjoy our new toys and each other. I would love to go to church and maybe I will. Although I am not a Christian in the normal sense, I believe there is so much positive energy and wisdom in Christianity, I'd love to celebrate with others. My husband won't go with. Jumper may. And, then again, it is my prerogative to change my mind and not go too. I have learned that plans are good, but you can change your plans and it's ok. We plan to SKype with Julie today to say Merry Christmas. That should be fun. Sunday Jumper and I are leaving for Chicago to spend some time with Julie and her family. Car is loaded with presents for the baby! Why isn't everyone coming? Well, my husband has to work and watch the dogs (we won't leave our dogs alone and can not afford a hotel this time around). Sonic can't sleep if he's not at home. I told him if he came for Thanksgiving, Julie would understand if he didn't come on Christmas and she does. Also, he has run out of paid days off so Sonic has to work. See? This is not conventional, with some of us going and some of us not, and both Jumper and I not going until AFTER Christmas, but it works for us. I have learned to take control of our holidays. We come back Tuesday. The holidays are then pretty much over for us as hubby and I have never been fans of New Years. I can never stay awake until midnight...lol. We'll probably watch movies. Jumper is home a lot since she broke up with her boyfriend so she'll probably be there too. She does not do parties or drinking, per herself and her friends and I believe it. So New Years will be another cozy night at home. Then life returns to normal MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!