A late “Merry Christmas!” to everyone! Christmas day at our house was loads of fun, and definitely noisy. My family drove down from Massachusetts to spend almost a week with us, so my home was full to the brim! I like it that way!
On Christmas morning, Cboy woke up at 6:00am and got sent back to bed with me. As exciting as it sounds, I am not a fan of 6:00am present opening! Maybe in the future, if my kids can have a pot of coffee ready and all I have to do is sit on the couch in a still-sleepy stupor.
We finally opened presents around 10:ooam, after pancakes made by Dee, a few pots of coffee, and a few showers too. So much FUN! My kids were happy with all their presents, but loved the snap bracelets and pop-up thingys they found in their stockings.
My husband bought me a grain mill for Christmas. Surprise for sure! He’d just bought me that expensive vacuum, plus we’d told each other, “Now, you’re not buying me anything this year, right?” (You know how it goes!) We lied. Now I feel very spoiled, and have no more excuse for not keeping fresh, homemade bread in the house.
Our new Wii was a big hit! If my siblings weren’t beating each other up on Smash Brothers, we were watching movies, playing cards, or SHOPPING! We actually did a lot of that, me and my sisters. Sweet deals around Christmastime! My kids loved walking in the woods with Bompa and the dogs, and I loved the ever-present pot of coffee. Esther got a lot of ribbing about her and Ben’s texting habits, but that’s okay. Every engaged couple deserves some hazing!
My sisters and I had a nice Starbucks chat on Monday night, before they left again, Esther for good this time. Of course she and Ben will come visit us — a lot I hope! — but she’s getting married and everything changes when you get married. Good changes, yes! Oh my, yes! But changes take adjustment, and it’s easy to fear change.
My house is half quiet again, with my family gone. It’s never all quiet! (How dull that would be.) I always miss my family when they leave. But now it’s just a normal, “I love them so much and can’t wait to see them again” missing. When I first got married and moved eight hours away, I would get SO sad and depressed when my family drove away after a visit. I would curl up on the couch and wonder, “What in the world was I thinking getting married?!”
Now, me and Dee, we enjoy being alone again after my family leaves. We tuck the kids in bed and change into jammies, without worrying if it’s acceptable around-family attire. We watch another “24” episode, without sitting on edge wondering if there’s a scene that makes family viewing uncomfortable. And we leave our bedroom door open, without being in full view of anyone sitting at our diningroom table.
Having said all that, I CAN’T WAIT to go make my family’s house crazy in just three weeks! My Montana brother and his family are spending a whole week in Massachusetts too, in the same house, so we are going to have some wild times! I think it’s nice to go back and forth between chaos and quiet.