Real Christmas……..

pic1Can you tell how we felt about the holidays this year?

So first of all we hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday season.  We had such high aspirations this season.  We love Christmas.  We plan for months for Christmas.  We had wonderful ideas.  “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”  We had plans to blog about so many things from great gift ideas, outfit ideas for parties, beautiful decorations, singing together, cooking, playing games. We were going to have the perfect blog for the holidays.  Well, that didn’t happen!  We all got sick.  Not just a little sick but really sick.  We even had a couple of people, our dear mother and cousin hospitalized and almost hospitalized a couple more of us.  When we say us, we are talking about everyone!  From our own families to cousins, aunts and uncles, grandmas and grandpas, nieces and nephews.  There was a black cloud of germs hanging over us.    We still tried to get together when we thought the coast was clear but then someone else would get it.  Even when someone seemed like they were getting better one day, the next day they were even worse.

We were feeling so down.  We had plans of the perfect family holiday, which we generally do have.  We had our brother and sister in law visiting from California as well and we should have been taking care of and hosting them but they were gracious and understanding and even got sick as well.  Suzanne would try to text Heidi in an attempt to talk about blogging and they were unreadable and incomprehensible.  When we started our blog, one of the things important to us was to keep things as real as possible.  Our goal was to share what we are learning through different generations and other fascinating people we meet and know.  We wanted to share good ideas in fashion and how to look good for less, different foods to eat and places to go, ways to take care of ourselves.  Yes we are another lifestyle blog but we want everyone to know that life happens and sometimes things don’t go as planned.  This may be hard and disappointing and boy do we understand that.  However, it is not the end of the world, life goes on, and our blog will continue even though we hit a bump in the road.

Some new appreciations discovered were Suzanne with Amazon and being able to order online since she could barely get out of bed.  Heidi appreciates when her sisters and mom are all healthy at the same time because it is very overwhelming when they are all sick at the same time. Suzanne appreciates that her family didn’t mind getting some of their gifts after Christmas because she was so sick on Christmas she couldn’t even get up to wrap them let alone remember she bought them.  Heidi has a new appreciation for naps because she was exhausted from the emotional toll this all took on her.  But the biggest lesson learned is that Christmas came and went and it was all ok.  We still were able to think about Christ’s birth and giving to others.  We appreciate all that was given to us through healing help.  When we thought we were the ones helping, we were the ones being helped.

That being said, we are working on a new plan for the year as we speak and our next post will be dedicated to our favorite posts from last year including some from other bloggers we have really enjoyed following.  We managed to capture a couple of photos here and there that we will share below. We are excited for a new year and new things to come.

To quote a wise man Dr. Seuss “ And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons.  It came without tags.  It came without packages, boxes or bags.  And he puzzled and puzzled ‘till his puzzler was sore.  Then then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!  What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store?  What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more.

pic2Exhausted from taking care of Suzanne and doing Suzanne’s job for a week and a half.  Bruce has a whole new appreciation for Suzanne because he truly didn’t realize how much she does in a day.

pic3The patriarchs of the family together.  If they only knew what was about to hit.

pic4Cousins together before the storm of illnesses kicked in

pic5Suzanne’s grandson on the left.  One of the events she could make it too, a school Christmas show.

pic6Our singing group usually has 8.  They were dropping like flies and we only had 4 for our party and by the next Sunday there were 2 left.

pic7Some of us made it to our good friends daughter’s New Years Eve wedding.

pic8Same wedding

pic9We spent the rest of New Year’s Eve lying around watching White Christmas and trying to figure out if the man in the picture was Kramer from Seinfeld…

pic10The siblings.  Suzanne and Lisa didn’t die after all.  They are on the mend.

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