Ive missed yall! I took a little time off for Christmas break to visit with family and friends. The kids got ridiculously spoiled with tv, late bed times, sweets, and unlimited attention. I admit I enjoyed the unlimited babysitters! And I might have also indulged a bit on christmas treats. But seeing as how tomorrow is Weigh in Wednesday, Ill save those details for then.
Christmas is always a special time for us. Remembering the people weve lost and how we all use to spend our Christmas’ together. In particular … remembering the traditions we had with my brother and his wife, who both died from cancer some 16 years apart from each other. My sister in law would make this delish pumpkin roll for a dessert. You can buy it in grocery stores but theres nothing like homemade pumpkin rolls! And my brother who always brought my parents a huge real Christmas tree. We havent had a live tree since the last one he brought us.
I dont know, I think going through loss at a young age shapes the way you look at things, or at least, it did me. My brother was this huge teddy bear of a guy that lost his fight with melanoma Super Bowl Sunday when I was in the 6th grade. I watched cancer destroy my brother, until he was too weak to even move .. and my mom had to crush up his pain pills & add water in order to feed it to him using a baby’s medicine dropper. Seeing this strong, healthy guy brought low by cancer .. although I kick myself for wasting so much time in my 20’s from unhealthy habits, at least Ive finally come to a point where I refuse to live like that anymore. Why waste such a gift!
This year the kids’ gifts from us were bikes! My toddler got her first (Frozen) bike and the big kid got a super cool mountain bike. Watching their reactions to their surprise was priceless! My husband had to take a little time teaching the toddler how to ride it but when she finally got it, she really got it: “See you slow pokes later!” as she rode off to try and catch up with her big brother. It was so sweet. And now! Now I will be able to keep up with my kids as we all go outside to play. I wont be that mom sitting on the couch, too out of shape to join my kids. Note: you will not catch my butt on a bike! Rather, Ill be running with them. And that is the best gift I could have!
And for a little happiness, showing off their new rides..