How nice, I know. Since I'm sure you ALL have been dieing to know about the inner workings of my life. I promise you now...it's not that great. But it might be nice to have something for you guys out there, since I do have another blog on another site, but it's only viewable to other members of that site.
So...it's the holiday season! I'm so excited for everything that is happening, and that has happened. On Friday we all went over to my Aunt Jan's house and everyone either made gingerbread houses, and me and my sister Natalie made these super cute gingerbread mobiles.
I also love the holidays for everyone's birthdays during this season. In December alone I have two of my best friend's birthdays (Elliot's is the 19th, Mary's the 14th...both 18!), my Mom's (December 9th), and my brother-in-law Matt's (December 22nd). They all have had fun events to go along with them, which have kept me busy on the weekends. For Mary's we trekked down to The Gateway Mall and saw I Am Legend...creepy! For Elliot's we spent a fun night at Laserquest playing laser tag (Natalie, you should have had his party there!) And the other night, for Matt's birthday, we just had a fun night at the Robinson Household talking, eating cake, and playing with their kitties. I gave Matt a neat carved box from India with a dragon on it, and it's a puzzle to open it. When I saw it in the market in Delhi I just knew I had to buy it for him.
Tonight is the Bernhisel side of the family's annual Eve of the Eve party..and I'm so excited. It's one of my favorite holiday parties, and I'm excited to see everyone there whom I don't get to see always. I'm loving all the new little babies in the family: Carter, Jack, and Colter, with Felix on the way, but Natalie's pregnant belly is a reminder of he who is to come! I'm so excited for Matt and Natalie. I like being an aunt...because I can hold the baby for as long as I can until they get fussy: then I can just hand them off! It's great!
And as excited as I normally am for Christmas eve, I of COURSE have to work at my hostessing job at Rino's Fine Italian Restaurant! I'm so bummed! I was getting so excited to sit and eat fondue with all my family, and of course, Hoss, the manager, scheduled me to work. Oh well, hopefully I'll be able to spend some time with my family. I'm not really looking forward to working, especially since the restaurant is completely booked. Ugh!
I can't wait for Christmas, though. I've bought some great gifts and can't wait to give them all out. This is the first year that I haven't wanted anything, really, so it's kind of a nice change, compared to me always wanting everything. The only thing I really wanted this year/need is a computer thumb drive, since our CD burner is broken, which is mighty inconvenient if say, the printer is broken, or I need to bring something to school which is too large to send as an email attachment. Haha!
Anyway, I attribute my realization of me not needing anything to India: it absolutely changed my life in every way. Getting hugged simultaneously by 37 boys who utterly love you was one the the highlights of my life, and leaving them that last morning was one of the saddest. Those boys became my best friends, I loved every one of them with every fiber of my being; and it completely broke my heart to see the conditions they had been in, to see how grateful they were for everything we gave them, and to give them all their hugs goodbye. I don't think I had cried harder in my entire life than when I saw each one of those boys bawling (mind you, these boys are from ages 6 to 17 in my Ashram alone, they are different for each of the other orphanages) when they knew we couldn't come the next day. I miss them so much: and if I could, I would give them absolutely everything that I own.
If there is one thing I do know, it's that I want to go back more than anything in this entire world! I miss everyone I went with, and I miss those little Indian boys and girls so much. Their little faces are ingrained into me forever, and I will never forget what they have done for me.
Happy Holidays, and Merry Christmas!