Today was a TOTAL success. A total of 26 people were at my house today to bake cookies and visit. I started making cookie dough last night and baking some. A total of 17 batches of cookies were baked last night and today. 5 dozen were decorated by the kiddos. I sent out 6 large containers of cookies with families to take home.
My feet are killing me, my back aches, and I have never been more pleased with a family gathering at my house. It was so good. We talked, we laughed, we baked, we decorated, the children had their own decorating table and I simply put the icing, sprinkles, sugar crystals, candies and supplies and let them have at it. No need to be upset, no need to not make a mess. That was their table. Everyone got along, and shared, and it was so awesome. There were 8 children total.
It was a wonderful day. I made a huge 6 quart crock pot of chili, and provided sandwiches and chips. The chili is gone and many compliments were given. I am so grateful that The Man has provided a home for me that fits that many people comfortably. The children even got to watch Christmas shows for a bit.
You know the most awesome thing? My family and friends cleaned my kitchen. I was not left with cleaning up a mess. Dishes were washed, counters wiped down, and pans and cookie sheets were put away. Everyone was so thrilled and we were a happy family today. We laughed and shared and smiled and were able to mention the Little Lady with joy and only a tinge of sorrow that she is not with us anymore.
The Man sent me this text after I told him how well everything went.
The Man: I am proud of you too. I know your Aunt would have been.
It is quiet in my house now as I sit and write this. I can feel her in my heart and that is a good thing. As long as she is in my heart, she will live on as long as I share her. And now in some small way, she lives on here, because I have shared her with you.