The week started off a bit rough. We left home on Monday going to Austin and then left there on Tuesday for 2 days of hard travel to get to Ridgway, Colorado.
Coming over the passes between Durango & Ouray Wed. afternoon, I kept thinking of the carol, "In the Bleak Midwinter", "Snow on snow". I felt more than a bit of panic as we slipped around on ice. Thankfully we arrived safely & our exhaustion vanished with Karlie's giggly greeting.
We jumped right in with 2 days of intense cooking and prep. Wanting it to "look" like Christmas we managed a few lights on the porch & a small tree with "16 month old proof" ornaments. This is different from my years of Griswaldesque decor but I keep thinking there's a lesson here. It seems that the holiday celebration goes along with the tempo of the year.
Different can be good and today was marvelous proof. Karlie didn't really understand Christmas but she completely enjoyed the gifts & wrappings. After a while she was ready for a break so she & I walked to the park in beautiful sunshine. She explored all the playground equipment with complete abandonment & delight and watching her gives me hope for the future.
The day culminated with good food & celebration with Karlie, her parents & friends, followed by football and dessert. It was hard that Ashley & Frank weren't with us in person but they were with us in the spirit of the day.
Next week we will welcome a new year. I'm hoping it is full of creative possibilities, peace & hope for everyone.