we woke up Christmas morning to the sound of my dad calling otis to go “potty” he must have stood in the door for five minutes trying to lure otis out of the bed. otis never moved (i will be honest i never opened my eyes either; i just laughed to myself that otis was so tired). it seemed like a few minutes later my mom was in there trying to get otis to come out of the room. once again he never moved. so we decided to get up since we had a ton of things to finish before the family got there for lunch. we got up, got showers, me and andy went through our stockings and packed the car. we cleaned (dusted, wiped down the bathroom, and vacuumed the floors). we were almost done with everything when the first load of people got there. that car load was 3 short and we learned the my great aunt martha passed out the day before and was in the hospital. my two cousins stayed at the hospital with her and 3 of my cousins come (party to bring boiled custard because aunt martha told them they had to bring it). (update: aunt martha is home and is doing well). people came in droves. we had 21 (and a baby) people there eating lots of yummy food. we had a great time catching up with people. Christmas is usually the only time i get to see most of my family so i really enjoy being with them. once everyone left we cleaned up the house and put everything away and jumped in the car and came home. we made great time and had the car unpacked before 10. it was wonderful. we got in and relaxed a few minutes before bed. the next morning we got up made a pot of coffee and some bacon, eggs, and toast. it was so great. (i will have to do a cooking post soon). we opened our gifts and relaxed for a while until we had to go to andy’s parents house for our Christmas with them. we got to their house around 3 and hung out and talked until we ate dinner around 530. we ate dinner and opened gifts and talked until about 9.
one of the best things about Christmas this year was the gift that my parents (and i – they are giving me more credit than i deserve for it) gave him. he got a guitar and he looked really surprised and happy when he got it. he played and played the rest of the night (Christmas eve) and some on Christmas morning (when he wasn’t needed helping out). the day after he took it to his parents and played and sang. there is something about hearing him sing and playing that moves me in a way that i can’t explain. i was sitting on the couch watching his fingers glide over the strings and the power behind his voice and a tear slide down my cheek. watching him do something he loves doing makes me the happiest person in the world. i’m so lucky to have him in my life.
as much as i enjoyed Christmas 2011, seeing family, playing with my little cousin and little niece, watching andy play, eating some of my favorite foods, laughing (lots of laughing) i am glad to see it go. i am glad that we are moving on to a new year with hopefully a new exciting chapter of our lives. now i get to go to bed and dream about going to work tomorrow and how much i wish i had the rest of the year off. i am envious of teachers right about now.