After he left, my Mom stopped by for the evening and enjoyed spending some time with Ava and watching Christmas movies. While Nana was holding her I was able to get a few things done that I'd been trying to get to. I wrapped a few gifts, organized and recycled a few messy corners, dusted some dustiness, reorganized the DVD's alphabetically (ok, I went a little overboard) and set up the Nativity set.
(Mary & Joseph are awaiting Jesus' coming)
Because I'm a "Stay at home Mom" now and can't get "monetary" gifts, I've had to become more creative with my ways of showing my love to Shaun and surprising him. So I've been doing little things like painting the basement, decorating the house and surprising him in little ways. I've also been saving my spare change (you can save quite a bit when you save your change) and am still working on a surprise for Christmas/Our Anniversary. As for the Nativity set that I've been trying to get to for a while now, it's nice to see it set up as it's a great help in meditating on Christ's coming. I hope Shaun's surprised when he comes home!