There have been days that I wondered why in the world I thought this extended holiday trip was a good idea. All our Christmas stuff, all the traditions we have created during Christmases overseas, all left behind in Malawi. We are missing lazy weekend days laying by the pool in the mid-summer African sun. Missing board games with friends. Missing the holiday party at the Ambassador's residence and seeing who played Santa this year. Missing throwing our New Year's Day, black-eyed peas for good luck in the New Year party.
This week reminded me why I came home for the holidays. It has been the absolute best. Girl's night in playing Quelf. I must get this game. With three boys still at home I really really need a game that may require you to be a sad weeping willow every time a "4" is rolled or it may require you to give yourself a wedgie, and if you "De-wedgify" yourself at any point during the game you have to pay a 2 space penalty. Take note, only play this game with people you are totally comfortable seeing you making an idiot of yourself. These particular girlfriends have known me forever. We saw each other through pregnancy, morning sickness, potty training, and the first day of kindergarten. They are sisters of my heart, so giving myself a wedgie in front of them was no problem, but there will be no wedgie pictures posted here. Sorry.
I took Grayson to his first live theater experience with bunches of other kids from the 'hood. We saw Junie B. Jones, Jingle Bells Batman Smells. He loved it and now can't wait to read the books. We even got to meet the whole cast and take pictures afterward.
We went to the tree farm and cut our own little tree. We used to do this every year. The boys have seen pictures of Dakota cutting the tree, but the younger boys are too young to really remember those annual trips. They only remember the fake tree we ship from post to post. This morning we went out to Mom's house to decorate the little tree. And if a live tree weren't enough we set up a white Christmas tree at my brother-in-law Paul's house. Due to his tree hating cats it is outside on the porch, but that is OK, it does double duty as yard decor. That's it at the top of this blog post. I love it.
There has been so much more this past week than I can even write about. Zoo trip, shopping and not on Amazon, River walk boat cruise to see the lights, hiking at Lost Maples State Park, attending a surprise party that was actually a surprise, cruising for Christmas lights, fire pit and s'mores at two different friend's houses on two different nights, basketball in the park, Christmas Eve dinner at Danny's (another brother-in-law) followed by tamales, dessert, and fire pit at at Ms. A Day In the Life's house while the kids zoomed around the cul-de-sac on rip sticks, scooters and skateboards. It really is a Wonderful Life.
Merry Christmas Y'all!! Wherever you may be!!