3 days ago
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
I didn't get a family picture taken, send out Christmas cards, or make pretty cookies. I burned the caramels I was making this morning. My house is a mess, and I'm keeping my kids entertained in front of the tv. My Christmas tree is all dried out, and the popcorn garland is crumbling. Yet, despite it all, I'm feeling very merry! I have presents to give to the people I love (and they're even wrapped!). I am surrounded by good friends and family. I am warm and well fed. The snow is beautiful. Best of all, I get to celebrate the birth of a baby, who has made my life worth living. Merry Christmas everyone!!!!!
Posted by Tara McLean Derricott at 12:41 PM
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
I have such mixed feelings!!! I'm excited about this new opportunity for Tony, and the benefits it will provide to our family. I'm really struggling with leaving the town I grew up in, and all the people I love here. The hardest part will be moving away from my parents. I'm worried about the challenges a move will make for my kids... especially Jacob. I'm excited about the new possibilities that lie ahead for the kids.
I apologize if anyone feels like we have been "sneaky" or anything... but we really didn't know anything until today. Now we need to concentrate on sorting and packing and selling our house. I also apologize for being emotional... I just can't help it!!!! Everything makes me cry, even happy things!!!!! I'm just a mess!!!
Posted by Tara McLean Derricott at 8:47 PM
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Our family has a fun tradition of going up in the woods on the day after Thanksgiving, and cutting down our Christmas tree. Usually there are sleds and hot cocoa involved. Due to a number of circumstances, we did not have this fun (?) experience this year. Emily and I went down to Albertsons and shoved a tree into the back of the van and hauled it home. A few days ago, we put the lights on it, but didn't have time for any decorations. Finally, this afternoon we were all home, and we put the ornaments on. This is one of my favorite parts of Christmas. Every year, since we have been married, each family member gets a "special" ornament for the tree. It usually represents something that they accomplished, learned, or experienced. I love to get out these ornaments and remember the times that each one represents. I'm having a hard time coming up with ornaments for this year, though. It seems that we are so busy just getting from day to day, that we haven't been taking time for the "good stuff". Or, maybe I just need to find more "good stuff" in the everyday experiences.
Posted by Tara McLean Derricott at 4:42 PM