I'm not sure how they missed it, but our cows must not have seen the calendar yesterday. They expected to be fed and milked just like any other day...
We rolled out of bed a little early; there was much to be accomplished as quickly as possible. We wanted to be sure that we were finished with the milking long before the milk truck arrived...it wouldn't have been a good morning to make him wait! Christmas day for milk truck drivers can be a real hassle.
We had decided to give the kids the morning off to spend time with their cousins who had arrived from out of town on Christmas eve, so Jim and I headed out to the barn and got busy. Thankfully, "everyone" and "everything" cooperated, and we were finished with the morning work by about 11:00. Then it was time to head to our first "family feast".
We had a delicious lunch and spent a fun afternoon with Jim's family. All too soon, 4:00 rolled around, and Jim and I headed home to take care of the ladies. The kids stayed behind to spend time with their cousins. I made the mistake of getting comfortable on the sofa "for just a few minutes" and had a hard time getting out to the barn! That's how it is for me...getting out there can be a slow process, but once I'm there, I'm always surprised at how quickly things go.
After milking, when the kids came home, we spent a quiet evening watching old "Get Smart" episodes on dvd. Ahh...mindless entertainment!
The celebrating isn't over yet...more cousins arrived from out of town today, and we'll spend tomorrow with my family! We'll fit in the fun between the chores for the next few days, and then it'll be back to the regular routine.
We are thankful for the few hours we have off between milkings, but I'll be honest with you...we long for the day when we can have a real day off! But until the cows learn how to "hold it", Christmas will be just like any other day!