This year the whole Christmas season has been crazy. My father, who was diagnosed with cancer back in July decided to take a turn for the worse around Thanksgiving. He has been in pain, not eating, and driving everyone around him nuts. For the last couple of weeks it has been a waiting game. He finally passed this morning at 4am. We made the last minute decision to go to Grand lake. Today I had planned to go get the last two things on my list that should have been really easy to pick up. Instead I have been running around like crazy woman. My wonderful husband had out patient surgery yesterday afternoon and can't lift anything so I have been doing laundry, getting packed, wrapping last minute presents, and I still haven't gotten one of the last items I wanted to get for my oldest son. Everything fell to me to get done last minute. At 33 weeks pregnant this was not what I needed. Everything is finally packed we are just waiting for my brother now. We will be loading up in the car in a little bit to go relax and enjoy without any stress. The kids can run and play and there won't be any responsibilities.
In the craziness I almost forgot one of the most important thing we have to take with us. I almost forgot 'Twas The Night Before Christmas. This will be the ninth year we will be reading it on Christmas eve. Being at different relatives over the years for Christmas has made having any sort of tradition very hard, but I make sure I take my book with me every year.
This year we will again read the story and share with family and remember my father in peace. Maybe we will even conference call with our other brother and include his family in the reading of the story. We have done it before.
I hope that everyone has a very merry day tomorrow whether they be celebrating Christmas or some other holiday. May the day be happy and family be close.