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Christmas from the Other Side

Can you hear the deep sighing?

We made it!

All in all, it was a very enjoyable Christmas. We spent Saturday and Sunday in Paris with Michael’s family, got home at 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, went to Rockwall on Monday afternoon, came home at 11:30 p.m., then spent Christmas Day in our pajamas (seriously – all day!) at home.

We had a great time seeing our families, and we really enjoyed our time at home on Christmas Day. We made a rule a few years ago that Christmas morning will always be at our house – for the sake of tradition and sanity – and we really like that rule. The biggest, best thing from this Christmas was the arrival of the Wii! Santa had to think ahead and find one in October from an independent dealer in New Jersey, and Mrs. Claus was very thankful that she did not have to pay twice the retail price or go to WalMart at 3 a.m. to get one! It is by far the coolest game on the planet. We all played pretty much all day! Love it love it love it.

We also continued the tradition of Christmas pajamas, and I found the cutest little things ever at PajamaGram! Unfortunately, Meghan was horrified at having her name written across her butt and has vowed to never wear them again.

One picture on here is of Michael reading a book called “Draw Near.” His mom gave it to us, and it is probably my favorite gift this year. It is written by Sherry Blankenship, who is the wife of a former pastor in Paris. They have triplets, who I met when Michael and I were dating, two boys (Jonathan and Joshua) and a girl (Anna). I need to collect my thoughts and write an entire blog entry about them and this book, but to sum it up quickly – Anna was the sweetest, godliest 12 year old I have ever known, and she and I really clicked. Right after Michael and I got married, Anna was diagnosed with leukemia and died the next year. (Meghan’s middle name is Lianna – a merging of Anna’s name and my maiden name.) Sherry writes about their journey through Anna’s disease and death, and it is heartbreaking, inspiring, riveting…I need more time to digest it before I write about it. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, enjoy these pictures! Happy almost New Year!


5 thoughts on “Christmas from the Other Side

  1. TONS of great pics but I’ll have to say my favorite is the picture of them all turned around, arms around each other, with their names across their boo-tay’s THAT is priceless! 🙂 I’m thinking – Christmas cards for 2008… already in the bag!

  2. I am SO jealous of the wii- I want it to be my excuse for working out- I played wii, right? :)How fun! I love names across boodies!! :)Glad it was great– and glad grinch did not make an apperance at all this year. I think you crossed to the next plane!!

  3. Oh, yes – it is QUITE the workout! Michael did the boxing yesterday…his heartrate got up to 135 and he was sweating – and he was REALLY sore today! My right arm is still sore from tennis and bowling (mostly tennis). So fun!

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