The holidays are a special time of year for several reasons, but to me, the best part is coming together as a family.
[Yes, Santa is holding a beer can. We’re a classy family.]
This year we were able to travel out to Denver to spend Christmas with my family. Somehow this family from Michigan has pretty much all migrated west, and now my mom and both of my brothers call Colorado home. This isn’t too much of a problem for Craig and me since we love it out there.
We had a wonderful time and enjoyed nice weather, plenty of food and drink, games, gifts, and lots of laughs. I practically knit an entire scarf, we spent time at each house in the family (Christmas Eve dinner at David and Chelsea’s, Christmas breakfast at Matt and Shelley’s, and Christmas dinner at my mom’s), and we got to check out the house David and Chelsea are hoping to purchase. We also toured a bit of Boulder and visited a brewery (hence Santa’s beer can ornament). It was a fun visit.
One thing that I found especially nice this year was the way other family members were incorporated into the events. My dad and stepmom were in town on Wednesday afternoon and evening on their way to spend Christmas in Steamboat Springs with one of Judy’s daughters and her family (and Judy’s ex-husband and his wife – why yes, we are one big happy family!). On Wednesday night, Craig’s cousin Joe joined us for dinner. He recently moved to Denver and was leaving for Christmas in Oklahoma the next day. On Christmas Eve, Shelley’s parents arrived from Atlanta. This was our first time meeting Shelley’s parents (she and Matt were engaged this fall) and it was great to get to know them over the next few days. And Chelsea’s aunt and uncle, who live in the Denver area, joined us all for Christmas dinner, which Craig prepared.
Craig and I had a couple of moments of sadness, remembering his mom and the Christmas we spent with her last year. We are so grateful that we made the decision to change our travel plans and spend the holiday with her, since it was our last opportunity before she passed away.
I admit to having some struggles this holiday season, as I have the past few years, with our ongoing family-building struggles and The Wait. However, for the most part, I was able to enjoy the Christmas holiday with my wonderful family. Next Christmas could be tricky, timing-wise, but I’m really hoping we spend it with our new little one in our arms!