Christmasis finally over here. Yesterady we opened our last round of presents with Rob's dad and step-mom. When both sets of parents are divorced and remarried, Christmas takes more than just a day (or two). I started cleaning up the Christmas decorations Friday, and all that is left is to arrange the totes in the basement where they go and vaccuum the floor.
I'm kind of sad.
This year, I really had the motivation to decorate for some reason. In years past, I always put up a tree, but never really went all out. last year, we got started. 2007 was our final year in our old house. At Christmastime, the house was for sale. We knew we were going to move to a nicer, bigger neighborhood... somewhere, so we hit the after-Christmas sales hard. We bought all kidns of stuff. And did it again last year. So this year, the front of the house was lit up well. According to the kids "Santa [was] sure to visit our house first, because it was so beautiful"
I put a bow on the front door; we had our huge tree lit decorated with a mix of Hallmark and homemade; we had a little tree in the front enteryway (next to the Santa countdown) full of stuffed animals, the archways between rooms were lit up; garland was hung; Rob even got into the spirit and hung the arch lights in the window above the stairway (which required the use of a ladder and 3 extension cords); Rudolf got rewired (so he works); we even had a tree filled with the salt-dough ornaments we made last year. Our house was so Christmas-y that Santa and Mrs Claus even came over to rock out with us.
So I'm sad to see Christmas go.
But not the year. I'm really looking forward to this new year. Things have been rough for us in 2009. School kicked all our butts. Rob's and Ally's. Ally has been to see the principal 3 or 4 times already. More about that later, I'm sure. But Rob is finished! He has a degree in nursing, and will take the NCLEX in the near future. He's back at work, and we have our breaks and lunches together again. I would have never believed what a difference that makes. We get all the little detail crap out of the way without the kids interupting and the evenings go smoother. We get some time to talk to each other as adults. As much as I love it, I'm still hoping it will be short-lived. Because he'll be a nurse! And hopefully that means a new job is coming our way with more money to start paying off everything we bought in the last year.
I'm not saying 2009 was all bad, but I'm really looking forward to... moving forward.