Tomorrow I return to the real world. I have had the luxury of being on vacation for the past two weeks. It has been a bit magical, these past two weeks. I was able to slow down just enough to really absorb Christmas and all it’s gifts this year. My family has a Big Fat Non-Greek Christmas Eve party every year. My entire lovingly dysfunctional family shows up in full Christmas garb to celebrate the night before Christmas – absolutely nothing about it is quite as a mouse. I have mentioned in the past that my family is large and loving and loud. Very loud. We mostly laugh loud – with a few occasional terse words thrown in for sport. This year was no exception. I had a ball and this year in particular – I invited a new friend and he made me laugh till I had tears in my eyes. I ate up Christmas like I was Augustus Gloop and I loved every bit of it. Yum.
Shortly after all the Christmas cookies were eaten, I hopped on a plane and went up to see my cousins in New England. Connecticut to be exact. I decided to rent a car like a big girl this year and proceeded to zip around corners and up hills hopping from one house to the next. Driving in New England is 1,000 times more fun than the boring, flat, gridded roads of South Florida. Nothing could stop me in my Chevy Cavalier. Look out!!
My cousins have the world’s most adorable children. There were two in one house – Jack and Cooper- and four in another house – Nathan, Noah, Isabella, and Alana. Now, it could just be me being biased – but see for yourself -
See what I mean?? This family of mine sure makes some damn cute kids. Crazy. This has been one of the all-time best Christmas breaks I have ever had. It was filled with everything I hold dear to me – family and friends that touch my heart and make me stop and appreciate what is really important in life. I have a tendency to bury myself in projects and work and forget to stop and smell the proverbial roses. This break was one big whiff of kindness, love, and laughter. Thank you to my beautiful family and friends – old and new- for making this such as special two week vacation. I feel utterly blessed and satiated. It is now 11:48pm and I am intending to wake up bright and early tomorrow ready to bend the young minds of our future leaders. No pressure. Piece of cake. I think I need to go and drink some Sleepytime tea. This may be a rough re-entry. Sweet dreams!