Post Christmas_Pre New Years

This Christmas was really different for me. In so many ways, some big and others small. I definitely miss some of my previous years traditions such as putting up the tree, opening gifts first thing in the morning, and taking pictures of the new Christmas ornament that was purchased to reflect the past year. This year was different in that I did none of these things however, I did make some new memories from this year and may have even started some new traditions.

This year I spent Christmas eve with my Dad, like many years before, except this year was spent with him, his new wife, and her son. They officially tied the knot this year so we had a true family Christmas on that side. It was fabulous to just share food and talk until the wee hours of the morning. I drove home at 2am but every moment of the heart to heart conversations we were able to have were worth it!

It was Christmas that was definitely the most different this year. I slept in, which never happens on Christmas- I blame this abnormality on the exceptionally late Christmas eve festivities! This year too, unlike others, my sister called me at 8am to see when I would be heading to Mom's. My sister doesn't have social boundaries when it comes extremely late or early phone calls especially when I am the one she is calling- and I love her for this! This year was also the first time where I didn't open any gifts until Christmas night. I can't believe we were able to wait that long! We had a lot of fun though playing games, laughing and eating together as a family.

This year too was the first that I think I have really stopped to reflect on the importance of my family in my life. I don't think I have fully appreciated the family moments before this year, however I plan to never let another Christmas pass without stopping to reflect on the importance of my family and the incredible way in which all the little things we do with each other mean so much.

So here's to both sides of my family: Mom, Dad, step-Mom and Dad, brother, and sister, step brother, and brother-in-law. Merry Christmas and here is to many more family Christmas' with all the small family moments that add up to an incredible season!

Christmas Cheer

I just got back from spending the day with my Dad and his family. Our day was filled to the brim with food, presents, laughs, and even some close to crying moments. And although this was all really great I was struck by the cold hard reality that my Grandparents are getting older.....Several things have happened over the last year that has changed my relationship with them. They have moved to a smaller house to be closer to my Dad so they can receive help when needed, my Grandpa's eyesight is not what it used to be and most recently my Grandma broke her arm (this is just to name a few). As we were sitting around today visiting it hit me that their days on this earth are getting to be fewer and fewer. It is sad to know that at some point I will have to morn their passing and will look back and the photos and memories that are held in my head and heart.

I don't really want to think about it but how can I not? It is coming quicker than I would wish and it won't be easy. I grew up with my Grandparents, they were there to nuture me and love me. They would come to all my school and church plays, invite us over for suppers, and I even ended living with them for awhile after highschool. They have been a rock and fortress in my life that will forever impact the way I relate to others and how I view myself. My Grandpa has always had incredible work ethic and believes in a job well done more so than just a job that is done. My Grandma is the most organized and prepared person I know. She has spent her life giving to so many around her and has really had a positive impact on my life.

I guess I just wanted to pay tribute to my Grandparents and let them know that I am a better person, not only for having their jeans, but because I actually got to hang out with them and experience life with them! I love you Grandma and Grandpa and I thank you for everything you've given, time, money, love, friendship, guidance, and wisdom!

And now off to write them a letter as they don't have internet!

Christmas is Coming

So it's been awhile but now with Christmas coming I decided that maybe it was time to post again. Everytime I look out the window I am reminded that winter is definitely here. There is snow on the trees and layers of the white stuff all over the ground. I love the snow! Winter is my absolutely favorite season! I have fantastic memories of winter.......skating, romantic walks through the falling snow, ski trips in the mountains and fabulous family Christmases. I couldn't imagine life without snow and without this wonderful season. Well, off to find my slippers and cozy up with a good book for the weekend! Happy Winter everyone!

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