Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas is Coming!

On Monday another Christmas Eve will be upon us. This year we did our traditional advent calendar bags for each boy and yesterday the season really kicked into high gear with the arrival of their beloved "Nana" from South Carolina. We'll put up the tree tomorrow and do fun things like see a train show and lights display--the only thing I'd wish for differently is that this rain would become a gentle snow. But all in all I can't complain.

This year the month of December was marked by a terrible tragedy of a school shooting in a place called Newtown, CT.  Twenty 6 and 7 year olds mowed down by a man with an assault rifle. I can't imagine what those families must be going through. Danny's 5 and we've kept info about what happened to a minimum. When he has questions, he'll ask. But seeing him and his classmates at times over the past few days has been a bit bittersweet as they are about the same age as those kids who died. Heartbreaking.

On the brighter side, our beautiful Benji turned 3 this month. On the not so bright side, the poor guy was sick with probably two different gastrointestinal illnesses from about Dec. 3-18. Thank goodness he's finally better. Lots of laundry. It's kind of sad when your two year old starts coughing and then asks you to "get the bowl". At least he's very aware of his own body. Speaking of awarness, he's making fantastic strides in potty training. Wears underpants to pre-school now! Yet another milestone we are happy to reach!

December also for me brings up sad memories of my mom dying on Christmas Day just two years ago. She is so missed and every once in a while I still forget she's gone. I want to pick up the phone and tell her something. Always loved and never to be forgotten that Mommy of mine.

I'll end this post with a picture taken last night at Susanne's annual Bread for the City Holiday Party. The kids got to break open a pinata, and here are our two with their hauls. (And we still have Halloween candy that we're doling out!) I guess we could have worse problems ;-)

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours. -Monica

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