I intended to start this year off good, and I have done that already! I'm sorry for my recent absence, the Christmas season was incredibly busy for us and full of family, and lots of fun.
Christmas turned out quite well, albeit very busy for us. We left here early Christmas eve and got to my dad's house shortly before noon, so it really only took me a few hours driving. That day was insane! We were at my dads for a few hours, then went to my mom's house for Christmas eve with my mom, step dad, brother, sister, step brother, and myself and all the kids. Then much to my surprise, two old family friends showed up that I hadn't seen since 99 probably!! They were best friends with my brother and sister, and I used to babysit them, plus we were all neighbors years ago. It was a great day, and we had a ton of fun.
Christmas day was fun, but with normal family drama, and a turkey that just took forever and a day to cook. My oldest Uncle was there, and I hadn't seen him since July of 97, so that was just a real treat to spend time with him again. The kids took to him like glue, and we got a lot of great family photos with him and my dad, step mom and all of us kids plus my kids. It was a really long day though, and we were exhausted by the time it was over.
Boxing day (the day after Christmas for you non-Canadians), my brother, sister and I went to my Oma's house for lunch, and spent the morning with her. She made us a pot of delicious homemade pea soup, which we all just loved. Then it was time for my brother and I to bring my sister home, so we did so, but then got caught at the border for an hour, and didn't get home till 6PM that day. It was just go-go-go the whole time, but we had a great time, and it was nice to reconnect with family again. We hadn't seen my brother in a year either, because he lives so far away, so he stayed to visit with us for a couple days too. So really, we were non-stop from Christmas eve till the 28th, a busy 5 days it was.
And then yesterday was New Years Eve!! I remember last year I was dreading New Years Eve, it was a horrible day for me. I didn't want to leave Barry behind in 2009, so passing into 2010 was quite hard for me. But I really think I did OK this past year, I had a lot of ups and downs, my life completely turned around and went in so many directions I never ever imagined possible.
I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a wonderful new years!!