This has been a different Christmas than we anticipated. The snow kept us home from our trip.
L was sick. In fact, she didn't get to feeling better until yesterday. To top it off, on the day after Christmas she got the news that a colleague had died unexpectedly from unknown causes. He was a year younger than L, fairly recently married, and taught 2nd grade. L was in shock and so sad for his wife, his parents, and his students. I can't imagine going back to school after break and having to help the kids and staff deal with the death of a beloved teacher.
In spite of everything, our family had a good time just being together. The kids did most of the cooking: breakfast pizza, sloppy joes, shrimp, and chicken fried steak. (Sometimes it felt like all I did was eat!) We played a lot of games, watched movies, and walked the dog. The Mr. and I had a chance to get to know the boys better. Unfortunately, the boys had to put up with this crazy crowd, too.
When L was so sick, I was glad we couldn't make it to our vacation destination. She would have been miserable. Sometimes things just work out the way they are supposed to. I need to remember that.
What will I remember about this Christmas?
*not getting to take our trip
*the phone call saying they'd refund our deposit
*being so glad when the kids arrived safely on Christmas Day
*Skipbo games- and the girls finally beating the guys-twice!
*the dog's penchant for a little stuffed bear from under the tree
*Rum slush and breakfast pizza- not necessarily together!
*being walked by the dog
*using the hand paraffin spa
*CT snoring and CG using the dog to poke him
*call for your partner pitch--when L was too sick to play
*habanero hot sauce--CG and CT put it on everything--even pringles!
*Bejeweled and Cube Crusher games on 3 laptops at the same time
I could do Christmas this way every year!