I had such wonderful intentions for my blog. I envisioned updating daily - maybe twice daily! - and the updates would be so witty and ful of engaging photos
that it would take on a life of its own and demand to be updated and read.
You know what John Lennon said, "Life is what happens when you're off making other plans". Lots of life has happened since my last post, and honestly, I don't know where this blog is going. I do plan to resuscitate it to - at bare minimum - its previous level of activity and then see what happens.
Someday, maybe I'll go back and fill in the gaps between the last post and this one, but not today. It's water long past the bridge, and perhaps not all that relevant anyway.
Christmas is in full swing here. The house is as decorated as it's going to be with two live trees - one in the living room, and one in the family room, - two artificial trees - one in the dining room and one in Carey's room, and an aluminum feather tree in the kitchen window. If that sounds like overkill, so be it. Maybe I'll be a minimalist in my next life, but for now 'if a little is good, then a lot is way better.'
I love the whole process of decorating for Christmas, the planning, the execution, the excitement when the boxes are opened and ornaments are greeted like old friends. We've moved since our last Christmas, and there's always a brief moment of trepidation as the lid comes off the box. Did the ornaments survive the move? Are they intact? Were they treated with care?
Fortunately, this move was very good to our collection of ornaments, and the process of reacquainting ourselves went very well. I had already decided that the family room upstairs would be the home of the tree with our family memento ornaments. This is for me, the tree that is full of memories. We hang teeny Baby Gap high tops on this tree, as well as the beaded wooden pacifier leash that once held Cullen's precious binky, and the construction paper ornaments adorned with glitter and glue and preschool photos. The pine cones dusted with glitter and wrapped with a pipe cleaner stem are on this tree, and the Popsicle stick reindeer with the red pompom nose - the kids' names written in shaky and unsure printing. This tree holds the ornaments made by my grandmothers - early ones are fine examples of nimble fingers, intricate beading and tiny stitches. Later pieces are more elementary - a product of arts and crafts time at the nursing home - simpler, but loved every bit as much as the more complicated ones. Souvenir ornaments of every place we've been - first as a couple, then as a family, remind me of vacations past, and cities that were once our home.
Christmas may be one of the biggest reminders to me of the old saying that 'Home is where the heart is'. I think about the idea of the Gypsy Wagon, and realize that as we move from house to house, we move our HOME with us. In 15 years of marriage, we've never spent more than two consecutive Christmas' in the same house, and have often not two consecutive Christmas' in the same state! Yet, each year, we unpack the same funny ornaments, the same Nativity scenes, the same stockings and, no matter where we are, as long as we're together - we're home.