I really haven't deserted by blog, though by my lack of consistent posting you would have you think so! Seems I have been taking my holiday preparation seriously this season, my class at Simplify 101 has kept me on point getting my tasks organized for the season. I am actually ahead of schedule personally! We have the tree up, the house decorated, the Christmas card photo taken and 3 kinds of cookies already made! I have been online shopping and shopping at the mall and the kids have made some great lists for me and Mike to work from. I still have lots of work for my job to take care of before the end of the year so it is good that I have a jump on the holiday fun stuff! ALyssa came home from NAU for a nice long holiday weekend and it was wonderful! we had her from Tuesday-Sunday, I didn't want her to leave! She has 10 more days of school, then she has to stay on campus another 10 days past the end of school to practice with the dance team for her January National's competition, she won't be home for Christmas til 12/20! I am going to try and sneak a few more holiday posts in probably brief ones! I have been posting via twitter and facebook since I can do that quickly!