When I was a kid I always thought that holidays were a time to relax, a break from homework… and then I became an adult and realized all the busyness and work that goes in to holidays! We have been so busy! I’m exhausted! It has been a good busy though.
After our immediate family Christmas’, we had our first extended family Christmas with my Mom’s family. I think it was the first year in a VERY long time nearly everyone was there… except for four cousins (including my sister). It was nice to see everyone and see how happy in made my Grandparents. My Grandpa barely made it, as his health seems to be taking severe dives from day to day. It is definitely in the back of everyone’s mind that this is his last Christmas… although we could be thinking that for the next five Christmas’ too!
We couldn’t stay very long at the get together because Livi and I had a ferry to catch. We had to eat and run. We were headed to the Island for a new charity board meeting! I brought Livi with me to visit with her Auntie Lisa and Uncle Tony. They don’t get to see her very often. Livi had a lot of fun… aside from basically crying herself to sleep. It had been a very overstimulated last few days!
By the way… taking a one year old on the ferry alone is VERY TIRING! I’ll write about the meeting in another post when I have more time too.
Today, I’ve been at a First Aid Course all day. It is a requirement for the group home I work at. My sister and her co-worker/a friend of ours came with me, which made the eight hour day a little more bearable. The instructor was not my biggest fan… I made the mistake of mentioning that I had not done the required reading because I’ve taken the course at least 4 times before. She didn’t think that was very acceptable and kept making comments in every section about how we should have read this already and she is doing those who hadn’t pre-read a favor by going over it. Oh well… I got 100%!
Tomorrow we go to Vancouver to ring in the New Year with some dear friends of ours. Livi is going with Jon’s Mom to Chehalis Lodge for an extended family reunion weekend. His Mom’s family does this weekend every two years. It is a lot of fun, but a lot of family over a longer period of time! This will be the first year with the start of the next generation. Livi is the first Great Grandchild. Two years ago we announced to the family at this weekend, that we were pregnant! Now Livi gets to help us make even more memories! Jon and I will join everyone on New Years day… hopefully not hungover 🙂
I’m a little apprehensive to send Livi ahead though. She has been so overstimulated this past week and as a result is over tired. I’ve tried to be anally rigid with her schedule and meeting her needs at every possible moment to compensate. I was away from her all day today, which never happens, so I’m already feeling a bit guilty. Damn Mother Guilt! I expect her to be a little more clingy than normal tomorrow and then I have to send her with Mom! I have no concerns about Livi’s safety or needs being met with Mom, but she is going in to a new surrounding, with a lot of people who are going to be very excited to see her and I won’t be there to read her signs and comfort her. The idea that I won’t be there if she wants me KILLS me!
I’m usually not this tense about her being with out me. She does great! She is such an easy going, independent little angel. I think my anxiety is a little higher than normal because of the holidays and busyness for myself. I’m probably a little overstimulated too! Hopefully though, with so many people to watch Livi this weekend, I’ll be able to relax and catch up on my sleep 🙂