2. In the midst of all the craziness, I had to say goodbye to this little munchkin. I took her shopping and out for dinner. I let her pick where we ate. She chose Moe's Southwest Grill. That was a totally different experience seeing it through a child's eyes. Her mama said she cried the first day at her new school, which made her mama cry when she got in the car and made me cry when she told me about it. As of today, I hear she's doing much better. I miss her so much already!
3. Also in the midst of the craziness, I have managed to get my Christmas shopping done, mostly because Mr. Helen and I are not exchanging gifts this year as we're saving money for a big trip in the spring. I did more online shopping than I've ever done in the past though. Last night I had one uninterrupted hour and managed to wrap about 4 things that we'd bought for nieces and nephews. It makes me tired just trying to figure out how I'm going to fit in the rest of it.
4. Also in the midst of the craziness, we found time to go get our tree and get it decorated. I had exactly one day to get it done and of course, it poured rain and was 60 degrees. Nutty weather. But it came out beautiful, I think.
5. Another thing that has made it busier than usual is that on Tuesday, I went to a reception at the White House! Once in a while it pays off in a major way that Little Helen is such a mover and shaker and this was one of those times. Eventually, I promise to blog about it but I need to get her photos first because we collaborated. Preview of coming attractions: the one photo taken with my iPhone. I'm in the China Room.