Wow, what a ride. Sitting in the quiet house I can almost recount what happened between December 23rd and January 19th. That’s today, right? I’m not certain, but I’m pretty sure. I guess the fact that I am writing about our Christmas during the third week of January says a lot. This all began with an out-of-town visitor…
Wife’s aunt (and God Mother) flew in from Mexico for the holidays late on December 23rd. She arrived just in time for the mild temperatures to plummet towards zero and the snow to roll in. Winter fell onto Chicago with nightfall. And our marathon of family visits began.
Somehow I remember last year’s holidays being a bit more manageable. Maybe Sweetie was not as engaging; I know she was not as engaged. Not that she followed the Christmas stories this year, but she enjoyed the family time much more. And she gets the gift thing now. Boxes wrapped in pretty paper are no longer safe! Our travels took us from our house to the south side of the city and all the way to the south suburbs.
Sweetie did well with her cousins and the gifts. There is enough of an age difference between her and her cousins so they did not get jealous of each other. In one of those moments just made for a commercial, Sweetie opened a gift from her cousin, stared at it with wide eyes and yelled, “wwoooww!”
I don’t know about you all, but the holiday weeks really messed with our schedule. We would pack up and go for a visit, then come home, pack up and go, then come home. With all of the start-ups it felt like we had a week of Mondays. But we kept visiting family through the New Year. The night itself was quiet; thankfully, Sweetie slept right through the ball drop.
Before any dust settled we rolled right into a family wedding – Tio Long-Arm’s wedding was set for January 11. Wife and I spent multiple nights preparing decorations, including a late night before getting the flower arrangements ready. It was Sweetie’s first wedding and she was great…as long as she was in Wife’s arms. So what if all of the pictures have her eating some snack! Oh, and Abuela made the dress, just adorable.
And we rolled into our week. Of course a bunch of our time is spent cleaning up and getting the house back together. Most of the decorations are finally put away. Most of the dust has now settled and we have swept most of it up. Regardless, Sweetie let me know she was done straightening up and it was time to play.
So we’re getting back on track. Happy New Year to all of you. We’re looking forward to 2014 and we’ll let you know how it happens.