So how was your Christmas? Was Santa good to you? Did you have a great time visiting with friends and family?
Well, my Christmas was awesome aside from some unfortunate real-life side effects.
We traveled to DC to visit with our families which was awesome. It’s so amazing to see my daughter play with her cousin (they are six weeks apart) and watch them learn how to open gifts. We had a nice time visiting with both my family and my husband’s family.
On Christmas Eve my husband and his brothers-in-law spent the afternoon at a Redskins football game. I was looking forward to a fun time with my sisters, my daughter, and my niece but unfortunately my daughter pulled a nap strike, had a major diaper blowout requiring a mid-day bath, refused a second nap, and finally fell asleep on the ten minute drive to church that evening. I managed to ninja her out of the car seat asleep and she stayed asleep through the first ten minutes of the church service until my father accidentally woke her. A very cranky baby makes for a very cranky mother on Christmas Eve. Yay for teething and weaning, amirite?
Christmas Day was great and we had a wonderful time, hubs was there to get the baby off to naptime dreamland, and we all enjoyed presents and food. Unfortunately, we got some terribly sad news the day after Christmas as my husband’s uncle succumbed to pancreatic cancer. He had been valiantly been trying to slay that cancer dragon since his diagnosis in January and while he put up a good fight he was unsuccessful. He was an amazing man, so exuberant and full of life and he will be sorely missed.
As soon as we returned from DC we went to my husband’s Aunt’s house to see how she and her adult kids were doing. We hosted Josh’s brother and his wife at our home and we all went to the funeral that weekend. Baby’s first funeral, unfortunately. Luckily I had just bought a long sleeved black dress, the baby had a black and red dress, and hubs had a navy suit so we didn’t have to run out and buy clothes for the funeral. The last thing we need while grieving is more credit card debt, and I refuse to buy a black funeral dress for a baby. That’s so freaking depressing. I would rather celebrate my uncle’s life and be present with family rather than worry about if we are dressed appropriately and make unwise financial choices.
On the presents front, I got some things that I had asked for that I am looking forward to featuring in upcoming posts. We finally got the rug that we wanted for the living room (thanks Mom and Dad!) and that awesome mustard yellow sweater that I had wanted (thanks sis!). I got several other awesome things that were not on my list, some books, DVDs, makeup, etc but no robot vacuum. Meh, maybe its not meant to be and I can’t justify spending $200 on anything non-essential right now, even if it is a stellar deal. My folks and my in-laws gave us some money that really made a HUUGE difference for our budget. Honestly, we went on our trip and realized we didn’t have enough money to pay for the dogs’ boarding when we returned which was super unnerving. So that was a great gift, not specifically because of the money but because of what it really gave us, some breathing room and less stress. And less stress is the best gift of all.