Let’s Get Back to Normal Shall We?

As I write this post it’s only 9 pm and I’ve already got my pjs on and am in the bed. This past week has been so exhausting, I definitely don’t remember Christmas being like this. No wonder my mom spent the days before Christmas in a terrible mood, it’s so stressful! Between the shopping, wrapping, cleaning, working, hosting and work I didn’t really have time for anything!

Part of why I’ve been so busy is because I’m being promoted from Admin. Assistant to Office Manager at my job. Things wont be too different, I’m just starting to get a lot more┬áresponsibility. I’ve been re-writing our operations manual and employee handbook, plus putting one together for my boss’ business partner (I work for both companies technically), then there’s the usual management of accounts and managing my coworkers, trying to cut back on the Nerf Wars ­čśë I’ll be doing a lot more of domain and email management though, which just learning that stuff takes up a ton of time. Oh and we’re adding about 1,600 sq. ft. to the existing office by knocking out walls in the suite next to us.┬á

I’ve also been heading up our Christmas Family Drive the past 2 months. The drive is basically us collecting names and information about families with children in need in the area around our office. We then ask our clients to sponsor a child or donate to them. This year we sponsored 3 families and a total of 15 children. The week before Christmas the sponsors dropped their gifts off unwrapped at the office, but most people waited until Thursday or Friday to drop off their gifts. There was a total of about 75 gifts that needed to be sorted and wrapped, plus some people just donated money so I had to buy gifts for the children who weren’t directly sponsored. I ended up being at work for over 12 hours wrapping and sorting on Friday night. Jesse came and helped me and took me to dinner afterwards but it was still a long day.┬á

My boss delivered the gifts on Christmas Eve, I wish I could have gone with him but I had to cook half of Christmas Eve dinner to make to my mother-in-laws as soon as I got off work. These beautiful pictures of happy children made it worth it though ­čÖé┬á

Despite the hustle and bustle and stress of the season this reminded me to slow down and be thankful for what I have. I’ve got a beautiful house, the most incredible husband, a family that loves me, great friends and I don’t know what it’s like to actually be hungry. I know I stress out and am OCD about the little things, but I’m so glad I had a reminder to just stop and be thankful. I’m also glad that the stressful part of Christmas is over and now I can just enjoy having family still in town, my Christmas lights and the impending New Year’s celebration with friends. And sleep, lots and lots of sleep…

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas! Any exciting/fun stories to tell or traditions to share?

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