Monday, 21 December 2009

Christmas Travels

Bags are packed. Presents are wrapped. Pets are off to the neighbors. And passports are out on the kitchen table. We're ready to go. Tomorrow morning we'll leave this snow clad picturesque english country side to go to a cooler than normal big city in Florida. 

We're going to spend Christmas with Diver Dudes middle daughter J-girl and her family. It will be great to see them all and to spend some quality time with my two bonus-grandsons. I'm just not sure how I'll react when I see J-girls beautiful 8-month-pregnant belly. Hopefully I'll be just fine, but part of me fears that the emptiness of my own womb and our recent loss will hurt badly. I just have to remember to breathe and try to smile through the pain. I need to be strong for her. J-girls pregnancy wasn't planned and is very high-risk. She had complications after her youngest son was born two years ago and was told by her docs to not have more children. But she got pregnant on BCPs because of a stomach flu. She has kidney problems, there's been cysts on the baby and in her uterus, lots of bleeding, and she's been on and off bed rest throughout the pregnancy. Just last week she started having contractions and was told she would most likely have the baby before Christmas. It's a weird situation and a very modern family complication when bonus-mom and daughter were hoping to both be pregnant over the holidays. Unfortunately our hopes were short lived. Now all we can hope for is that J-girl stays pregnant and that the little guy continues to grow strong.

While we're in Florida we'll also spend time with Diver Dudes mom, brother, sister and nephews. All very special people and I'm sure we'll have some good stories with us going home.

Last night me and Diver Dude had our own little Christmas and opened presents by the fire place. Pressies, saffron buns with milk and Rudolf the Red Nosed Raindeer. It was great. The best part was when Diver Dude opened the model train I got him, his face lit up with childish joy and he dove down on the floor to put it together. Got me lots of brownie points in spite the fact that I broke our rule of no gifts to each other this year. Our combined Christmas-Anniversary-My-35th-Diver-Dudes-50th-super-duper-awesome-present happens to be a trip to Jamaica in January. But I couldn't help myself. And I'm kind of bad at following rules. Muahahahahahaaa.

Before I leave I just wanted to wish you all a Merry ChristKwanzHanukKalikiJul and Happy Holidays!


  1. I hope you have a happy Christmas! I'm in Florida so I'll shout hello into the wind to you..and it is a lot cooler than normal right now, but it will be warmer by the end of the week.

  2. I'm in Florida too! (where it was a chilly 52 degrees this morning. BRRR! LOL!) The weather is supposed to warm up here by mid-week, so you'll be by the pool in no time! Have a great time with the family. Take care.

  3. Happy Holidays. I hope the pregnancy doesn't bother you too much and that you stay warm! Have a great trip.

  4. Many blessings to you all! Wave when you fly over Georgia!

  5. Happy Holidays! I hope you have a safe trip and a wonderful visit.

  6. Have a great Holiday in Florida!!! I know its not the same as a
    winter wonderland, but it may be nice to spend some time in
    the warmer weather!

    P.S. Jamaica is a VERY nice anniversary gift!!!!

  7. Have fun, darlin' - you know it's okay to be upset! I think everyone will understand!
    Then again, you are a tuff broad and can handle anything! You're still alive, aren't you!?
    Anyway, I'll be thinking about you, enjoying life, all the time you are gone!
    I managed to buy kids clothes for my nieces and nephews w/o falling into a pile... so hooray for small victories! :)
    Hugs'n everything nice to my best gal pal!
    God jul!

  8. Sounds like a wonderful holiday, both this past weekend and coming up! Don't beat yourself up if you feel bad seeing pregnant bellies, it's totally normal. Happy Christmas!

  9. Have a wonderful trip! I'm sending strength thoughts for dealing with the kids and pregnant bellies. I'm sure it will be tough :/ You have a great attitude about it though!

  10. Have a wonderful time, and I hope it's not too stressful seeing the pregnant belly. Give yourself time out if you need it, and let yourself have your weak moments if you need them. You don't have to be the superstrong one all the time... xx

  11. Merry Christmas to you! Have a great trip. Your doggie is so cute!
    And remember if you need a break from all the kids and pregnant bellies, take a drive or a nice long shower. Don't forget to take care of you.

  12. Oh how i've missed you so. I am hoping you are in Florida and so enjoying yourself girl. I've thought of you often, but you know I am stateside and back to Cairo next week, so I'll be reading regularly again soon. So merry christmas and may 2010 bring us all good things and be a better year. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo


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