Christmas

So this Christmas was not at all the Christmas I was expecting.  The Tuesday before Christmas I woke up with a little bit of  a cramp in my stomach.  By the time I left work the cramp was accompanied by nausea and occasional hot and cold flashes.  I needed to stop at Costco to pick up a few last minute Christmas items, and as I made my way to the store the nausea increased, the pain in my stomach became nearly intolerable, and I started to break out in a sweat.  I tore my way into the Costco parking lot, parked in the first spot I saw, jumped out of the car and puked all over the parking lot.  After nearly passing out inside Costco I managed to make my way home.

The next day (Christmas Eve) was my family’s annual Christmas party.  I was still not feeling well so we ended up spending the day at home.  Natalie was determined to still have a good Christmas, so she went out and got all the fixings to make our own Christmas Eve dinner.  She prepared an impressive feast:  a ham with a homemade orange-honey glaze, yummy potatoes, green bean casserole, and even a Jell-O mold.  Thankfully by evening I was feeling better so we were able to enjoy the meal together, then have a fun night together watching our favorite Christmas classic:  National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.  We then eagerly went to bed wondering what Santa might bring.

Christmas morning was a lot of fun!  Tateym didn’t really seem to know what was going on, but she really liked all the excitement and presents.  Santa hooked her up with new toys, books, and clothes (although the wrapping paper is what really seemed to capture her attention).  She also got her fair share of spoiling from Mommy and Daddy.  We all took turns opening presents until we’d cleared out the tree.  Once that was done, we discovered one more surpise Santa had left for Natalie:  a mystery present hidden behind the chair.  When she opened it up she was excited and surprised to find a Red Ryder carbine-action, two hundred shot Range Model air rifle with a compass in the stock and a thing which tells time.  OK, OK, it was really a .357 Magnum Lady Smith revolver.  Now she can watch her shows about serial killers on A&E in peace. 😉

After opening our presents Natalie made some delicious sticky buns.  Once we’d eaten our fill, we got ready and headed over to Natalie’s parents’ house for more festivities, including Christmas dinner.  Unfortunately on the drive over I began to feel sick again.  I spent the rest of the day lying on the couch.  Natalie and Tateym though were able to have a fun time with her family eating Christmas dinner, opening presents, and visiting.  That night Natalie had to brave the stormy weather and drive us all home.

Two days later I was finally feeling well enough to leave the house again, so we headed over to my parents’ house.  Since we weren’t able to make it there on Christmas day, we had a faux Christmas dinner with my parents, my sister Melanie, and my sister Kimberly and her family.  After that we exchanged gifts and visited.

I spent a lot more of the break being sick than I expected, and poor Natalie had to work herself to death taking care of two babies.  It was still a lot of fun being able to spend so much time together as a family, and it was definitely a Christmas I’ll never forget!

Christmas Morning:

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Unwrapping a Present:

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Tateym’s Favorite Toy on Christmas Morning:

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