Do you all ever feel like that about a holiday?
I mean I know exactly what we did that day, but it was just a little underwhelming...for a few different reasons.
1. I was supposed to work Christmas. And while many people had commented "Oh that sucks," I was kind of looking forward to it. You see I work on a pediatric "cancer" floor, and we were going to make it one Merry Christmas for all of our kids that were in there! I felt like if I wanted to really get into the Christmas thing being super far from our family that would have been the way to do it! However, I was put on call (which I loved spending the day with annie and the hubs, getting the last few things packed up for our trek to Texas). This meant that I had no food to prepare for Christmas dinner....except well toast and peanut butter and some eggs. And did you know that only about 2 places are open Christmas day? So we ate a Furrs....which was pretty
2. It was Annie's 1st Christmas and I didn't go all out. She didn't have Christmas pajamas, wrapped presents from her parents, or cookies left out for Santa. Again, I was anticipating her coming to see me at work to be our little family's Christmas celebration.... I also failed to read to her the Christmas story out of Luke, which I am most sad about....because let's face it, that's the real meaning of this season!
3. We drove all Christmas night and half of the day after to get home to Texas....which in theory was an incredibly smart idea. You see, annie is sleeping (or was sleeping until we came to Texas) long stretches at night...somewhere between 6-10 hours. And it made sense to try and drive the distance to our hometown (about 13 hours) while she's doing the majority of sleeping. Well we weren't anticipating the ice/snow storm that we encountered about 4 hours from home. So we spent the early hours of 12/26 trying to stay warm in our car at a gas station in Tucumcari, NM. And then when it started getting light again, we braved the scary roads and got the rest of the way home (even if it took nearly twice as long to get there). Memories right?
BUT, no matter how off I felt about it, I would be wrong to not point out all the blessings from that day. I have a great job, a wonderful family, the opportunity to "come home" for the holidays, safe travels at a time when many cars were not as fortunate, and a husband and baby who were good sports about it all!
And now for the best part of the post...PICTURES!