Thursday, December 25, 2008

Wonderful Christmas

Surprisingly Christmas went really well today. Not a meltdown or even the hint of one. We don't do a lot of gifts for Christmas and try to keep things really simple. This year she got a toy horse, a coloring book and a music box. Since they were all really small I put them way under the tree behind the wrapped presents. This morning she didn't even ask if Santa had been here. She was too excited to give G & I our presents. She gave me mine first (she even kept it a secret!) and it was a Paula Deen cookbook and a beautiful Christmas ornament. I was so proud of her for finding something that she knew "I" would like instead of what "she" would like! She did just as well with gifts for Daddy G, Papa, Monya & Big Mama.

J does chores daily all year long. Some are considered family chores (chores that are necessary to live as a family such as cleaning her room) then she has chores for which she is paid such as taking out the trash, washing dishes, cleaning, etc. As soon as she is paid for each chore she dumps the money into a Christmas cookie tin. Every weekend she'll count all the money she made and divide it up into 4 bags. Then she puts part of her money in one labeled Tithes, another one for Saving, one for Christmas gifts and one for Spending. All the gifts were purchased with money that she earned doing chores. Today she was extra proud of that fact. Not to mention that she separated her money out and deduced how much to budget on each person, went to the store and picked out just the right present for each person with the amount of allotted money for that person. When she went with Daddy G she went over budget by one cent so Daddy G charged her one cent interest.

This is her third year of budgeting and she's really getting the hang of it. It's really neat to watch the growth in her management skills with each passing year. Lots of life lessons, planning for a year, delayed gratification, joy in giving without expecting, budgeting, shopping within a budget and interest.

We received a wonderful Christmas surprise today. Chrissi called from Germany!!!! It was so great to hear from her! I don't know who's face lit up more when we heard her voice. Life is improving for Chrissi and I think she's started to get settled back into her home life. We still miss her terribly. She has to come back to America soon because her English is slipping. ;-) We'll be waiting on her....

This afternoon J remarked that this was the best Christmas ever!!!

I haven't forgotten about the post on rubbing...more on that later.

Hoping all of you had a peaceful Christmas!

10 comments:

Torina said...

Woo hoo! Yeah for a good Christmases all around!

Kristina P. said...

This sounds like a great Chrismtas!

Holly said...

So happy you had a wonderful Christmas and it went so well.

Anne said...

Glad you had a great Christmas!

FaerieMama said...

Yay! It sounds like a wonderful Day! Merry Christmas Lisa & J!

Our Family said...

Lisa,
Thanks for the words of encouragement. Overall yesterday, the boys did about 70% well! YEAH!
God Bless you as you are surely an encouragement to others...

The Leijte's in Vegas said...

I am so glad you had a wonderful Christmas! I love giving and it sounds as though your daughter does as well. Yes i did get that off the pioneer woman site. You really need to try them, I have never been much of a baker, but darn they are easy and good. I will also keep up the good work at the casino, until I start to lose. Wish me luck. I am in a drawing tomorrow for 10,000 dollars. I won 188 tickets for this and my dad has 2050 tickets for it. We hope one of us walk a way with something! That would be a HAPPY NEW YEAR..

marythemom said...

Merry Christmas my dear friend Lisa!

I'm so glad your Christmas went well. I'm hoping you are catching up on your sleep now.

Love,
Mary in Texas

Essie said...

Sometimes it all comes together! Ahhh, happy and content sigh ahhhhhh.

motherissues said...

That's an awesome story. Go J for being a great giver & budgeter! Those are huge, amazing steps.