Hi folks. Hope you had a great holiday.
We had a lot of sickness around here. In the end all colds and aches proceeded to stomach viruses and everyone went down but me.
The little girls and I were really the only ones who were on deck on the day so I made the dinner (with my spouse emerging from his sickbed to do the turkey which he would have to be more than dead before he would let me do it) and we ate it.
Their dad lay on my couch and cracked jokes and everyone else was pretty out of it.
I got a big meal made anyway including driving some of the dishes over to use my daughter's oven and picking them up just before and generally enjoying being useful.
One of the great pleasures of being a mature mother is that as long as everyone is together you are thrilled and think it is all just wonderful.
Now I am counting down the last of my 50s I finally understand my grandmother at these events.
You know when you give them some department store slippers and the grandmother talks all day about how they are the best slippers she has ever had?
Well they really are.
Or the part where she watches everyone fill up their plates and says that the neck is her favourite part of the turkey?
Well it is.
So the really nice part of having a few Christmases under your belt is you know it's marvelous you are all there.
So what would a Christmas story be without illustrations?
Here is my son who flew in at great expense for the holiday (and has taken 3 days to get out - please join our family in a permanent ban of United Airlines who are getting the international "We couldn't care less award") and was hit with every bug we could throw at him.
Here he is on the floor after announcing his back was so sore from lying in bed he needed a back walker (apparently the Korean folks in his neighbourhood in East Village do a great job with this).
His niece and sister were happy to oblige:
As you can see he had an excellent Christmas and I am sure has already booked his trip back for next year.
Miss Heidi took advantage of all the activity in the living room to get into the Stuff Under the Kitchen Sink so her day was pretty complete too:
So a great holiday all around.
If you are the person who now eats turkey necks.
And I have started Barbara's Useful SWAP.
More on that tomorrow.