Friday, December 26, 2008

A New Tradition

Yesterday was Christmas. Usually we spend it with my family. We get up in the morning, open presents then do this mad dash to get ready and get to the Christmas celebration. It usually involves travelling crowded highways and trying to make it to places at appointed times which translates into stressful events. Well yesterday I told my family that I was taking the Christmas holiday at home with my family. They were a little puzzled. Why would I do that? Christmas is a time to be with family! I explained that I wanted to stay home and enjoy my family and just relax with them on Christmas. I wanted to step back from the hustle and bustles of having to be here and be obliged to visit because its Christmas.
It was a great decision. We had the most stress free and relaxing holiday we have ever had. The kids thoroughly enjoyed themselves right through to the evening. They play with their gifts, enjoyed a Christmas dinner served on fine china and just a relaxing special time together. We didn't have to be anywhere, or go anywhere, or have to do this or was our time. It was special and it was great. It is a new tradition.

Making Good Progress

We are finally making progress on the building project. The December of 2008 will go down as the wettest in the last decade. It made building next to impossible. There wasn't clear weather for more than a day and a half the whole moth. The the snows began to fly. What a mess. But some how they manage to get the family room framed adn today they are roofing. Monday I am told that the garage and mudroom are to be started. We are making good progress and should be framed and weather tight at least by the end of January I hope.