2 01 2012

2012 is going to be a great year!

I am sitting here, watching the snow flurries in the gray sky, thinking of Ben in Afghanistan. This was the first Christmas he has not spent with us. And Ben loves Christmas with all our traditions.

One of our traditions is to watch the Christmas Vacation movie on Christmas Eve. We know the script and even impersonate the characters during the scenes we think are especially funny. Somehow, we still love watching it together every year.

Once Ben was deployed we started gathering things to send him and searched for the Christmas Vacation DVD. Ironically, before we sent the box, Ben called and said he found a “copy”  of the Christmas Vacation DVD there in Afghanistan! He planned to watch it on Christmas Eve. It’s the little things.

We missed Ben during the holidays, terribly, but he was able to call on Christmas Day, another work day for him. (My cell is attached to me 24/7 these days, just in case he has a chance to call. 8 1/2 hours time difference can make it challenging.) Ben is doing well and that’s all I can ask. Each phone call or facebook picture is a gift.

Poor Betsy. I say, Poor Betsy, as I am sure she was ready to get back to school, since she was our sole focus without Ben home to absorb some of our attention. We baked, shopped, wrapped, decorated, ate, and talked. Some serious issues were resolved over the chocolate covered pretzels.

John and I have a hard time realizing Betsy knows how to take care of herself and does a great job of it while she is away. We are learning and slowing cutting strings. Time spent with her during her Christmas break was a gift!

Now, it’s back to John, me, and the girls. He has his hands full!

I wish you all the best in 2012! The 2012 New You Challenge starts today. It will be fun and challenging to your mind, body, and soul.

It is going to be a great year!



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