Tuesday, December 26, 2006

The Day After

Red Door, 2006, Oil on Panel, 8x10

So we had a lovely Christmas. But I am glad it's over (not so much into holidays, though I do like to give gifts) and I can forget about all the things I had to do or didn't get to. I get a clean slate until next December. We did manage to bake and decorate many, many sugar cookies, make a gingerbread house and Doug and I got the presents wrapped within an hour of the beginning of Christmas day. Pretty good for us. We didn't have time to make handmade gifts for the relatives, which is something we normally do and we also didn't have time to make a few new ornaments for the tree. However, I am finding as the years go by, that the things we didn't do, don't matter as much as the things we do accomplish and the time that we spend together. Well, except to my youngest daughter, who seems to retain every bit of that information and is ready to remind me of it all in a moments notice. heh. But she is young and will probably come around, as I have.

The cats spent a lot of time doing this:

Our dog Penny, was treated to many extravagant table scraps and I totally went off of my no sugar thing thing, thanks to Godiva chocolates and the aforementioned sugar cookies. The bright side is that I ate so many of both, I am actually looking forward to going back to not eating sugar again.

Everyone around here has new gifts to keep them occupied, we are relaxing the amount of screen time for the kids this week, and so I will have to take advantage of their distraction this week in order to finish up the last few paintings for the show. Posts may be light this week, but I will get back to my usual schedule in January.

Not sure what I will have to be chatting about cause I don't have anything going on until May! Whatever will I do with myself?


Anonymous said...

Since no one else made a comment on todays post, I guess good ol' mom will have to! I LIKE that painting and I LOVE the pic of the cat! .......(ummm which one is it?)

Tracy Helgeson said...

Thanks Mom, for saving me from the complete embarrassment of having ZERO comments! Though I have to wonder about the cat rating a "love" and the painting a "like':-)

It's Madeline. I think. She and Jones look a lot alike.

amber said...

love your family card your kids are very cute(the cat too)
It's good you get abreak in the new year you've earned it :)

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year to you, Tracy... Mom, Doug and the kids too! I feel that I've met them all .....

Preparing for Christmas is an exhausting and harassing time for parents .... but much nicer when you are a grandma (although I still do all the cooking)!

Looking forward to hearing about your shows in 2007. I may be having one myself ... it seems a long way off (July/August) but as I only have one painting ready so far I'd better get a move on!

I will use you as my shining example of how to do it ......

Tracy Helgeson said...

Thanks Amber! We enjoyed doing the card! And I am totally looking forward to a break. Mostly so I can do some other things, drawings and pastel would be a fun change of pace.

Thanks so much Lesly! I am flattered that my crazy schedule may help you:-) That's exciting that you have a show! Congratulations!