Happy New Year
I hope all of you are off to a happy, safe and productive 2013
This is my first blog post in quite a while. December, was a month chock-full of mixed emotions. My sisters and I rotate hosting our family and friends Christmas party and yup, this year it was my turn to host the festivities. Ordinarily, this would be a good thing, but we were slap-dab in the middle of renovating our kitchen. Long story short, we pulled it all together, within minutes of the first guest arriving.
Christmas is always a joyous event for our family. A unique group of us gather together to celebrate. Guest include, ex wives, ex husbands, ex-in-laws and a large variety of those we will always be connected to, as family, through our children. My husband has three grown kids from his first marriage and his oldest son, Mark and his wife and children live out of town, so we usually travel to see them after the holidays. Mark's wife Aimee, just finished her last (hopefully) round of aggressive chemo and radiation, so it is difficult for them to travel with their two young kids, ages four and five.
This year, we planned to surprise my husband. We held our annual Christmas Eve Party on the Eve of Christmas Eve and his son, wife and kids were going to surprise my husband. My hubbie, Daryl, had not been feeling well, coughing a lot, so the day before the party he went to one of those quick care places where you see a doctor without an appointment. He was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia and was in the hospital the night of the party, Christmas, New Years and just now came home. So, needless to say, it was an odd Christmas. It wasn't the same without my husband at home to share it with us. Thankfully, he is well and is home now.
So, the one time we were going to have his entire family along with my entire family, in town for our Christmas party, we had everyone, except my husband. He stayed on the phone with one of us during the dirty Santa game (that game where you steal gifts from others). It was a fun night, but with a touch of sadness. My mom, dad, all my sisters, their spouses and kids; my kids, neighbors, friends, my husband's kids and grand kids and my husband's ex-wife all celebrated. My ex husband's parents, even made the trip from Chicago.
I love when grown ups and ex's and formers can put their differences aside for the good of the children. I cannot think of a better gift for me or for my kids, than to see their faces light up when they spend the holiday with the majority of their family. No fighting or bickering. The kids win, every time, when grown ups remember that we do it for the kids and that the children are the ones who matter most.
Are any of you attending a conference this year? I am so excited about the 10th Anniversary San Francisco Writer's Conference. Are any of you going to be there? If so, I can't wait to see you.
And my blog is under construction again. I am trying to finally get the stand alone pages to link to the pages they are supposed to. Please be patient.