Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas (or thank God it's over!)

We actually had a very nice Christmas with just the dh, Evan and myself. It was the first Christmas without our families, but honestly, it was nice to have a bit of a break from the insanity (I have a big family, with LOTS of kids running around, plus, Christmas is my neice's birthday, so we do a birthday party on top of everything else.) Santa was VERY good to Evan. He got too many things for me to count, including a train table, and 5 new Thomas trains. The kids is OBSESSED with Thomas.

My in laws were here for thursday-saturday, and did WAY too much for us. They got me a new digital camera, got dh an iPod, and both of us an outfit. They also bought us both a couple of books, and then took me to the grocery store to buy food for Christmas dinner. THEN they wrote us a very generous check. They may drive me nuts, but I do admit, they can also be WAY too good to us.

My parents are supposed to be up at the end of the week for a couple of days. Mom and I will go shopping to pick out some silk flowers to arrange for Caleb's birthday. She will make an arrangement to put at the front of her church in Caleb's memory. I am so greatful I have a mother like her.

My brother got engaged today. His first marriage ended in a nightmare that resulted in him losing his kids (not that he DESERVED to lose his kids) and my mom getting custody of them. I truely want him to be happy, and hope this woman is NOT like the first. I haven't met her though, so I have no idea.

I have thought of Caleb non-stop today. I spent alot of time alone in the kitchen cooking, and I just could not get him out of my mind. God how I wish he was here. I wish I could do more than just light a candle for him.

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday, and made it through with at least SOME of their sanity left.


At 1:33 PM, Blogger delphi said...

I often am bemused with the place of our in-laws in our lives. All of a sudden, we say "I do" and BAMMO we are part of another family. And you think that they will be like your family, since that is the benchmark you know. And then you find out that they are really an alien tribe, with alien ways. And you have to learn those ways.

My in-laws have nothing but good intentions and they try hard to be the best family they can be. They also drive me completely nuts sometimes. And then they do something so unbelievably sweet, like buy flowers for the church in memory of C., that I have to forgive the insanity. Then they drive me nuts again.

I guess I "get" all the in-law jokes now. :)


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