By Margot | December 15, 2011
Christmas Pics by Meredith Brunette
Nutty Sam 2005
Well we did it. We braved getting a tree and we decorated it with all of our ornaments and we sent out Christmas cards and we didn’t skip Christmas this year. It sucked and it was good. Charlie and Andy were so excited about the tree and decorating to Christmas music with hot chocolate. Uncle Matt did the lights on the tree (redid my lights on the tree) and Neil did the lights outside and decorated and we had tacos for dinner in honor of Sam. All of the Sam ornaments were good to see. The very best of all was a 5 by 7 picture of him wearing a beanie in a little holiday frame with his big giant smile. I kept thinking, we would have had to wait another year to see this picture if we hadn’t put up the tree. Plus really, there is not much better than a five year-old and an eight year-old at Christmas. Andy and Charlie are so excited.
We are going to New Mexico for a week and we’ll get some snow and hopefully some skiing. Tomorrow is the boys last day of school and Andy has a student council breakfast party, a fieldtrip, and a party in his class and Charlie and I are bringing two dozen sugar cookies that the boys and I made the dough for last night for his Christmas party. Andy has two basketball games this evening and then we will race to the school art show afterwards where we can pick up some of the Andy and Charlie’s art. Charlie is very excited because we have little ornaments from past art shows with Sam and Andy’s pictures on them and Charlie really wants one of him up there so we’ll pick it up tonight. Charlie’s basketball season is starting and he’s excited about it. He can do a shuffle dance move now which is very funny. Someone taught it to him at recess and he’s been doing it all over the house and in restaurants lately. Andy’s soccer team won their league tournament and Andy did very well. He’s such a hard worker at everything. In this new league we go to the soccer State Cup. It’s over his birthday weekend in Palmdale, California and I think Andy is more excited about staying in a hotel with his team than anything else.
Neil has been exercising a lot -doing P90X actually. He keeps making us all laugh when he jokingly asks for directions to the “gun show” while showing his muscles. He’s running a basketball scrimmage every Wednesday afternoon at the rec center for Andy and about fifteen other kids so they can just run the court without so much structure -they love it.
I’m trying to power through Christmas same as last year. I’ve been tripped up with grief a lot more this Christmas – maybe last year I didn’t let myself go there much. Conversely, I’ve also really been trying to enjoy the boys. They are so funny and full of life. Charlie and I are reading Junie B. books now. I read them all with Sam in the hospital and both boys and I are reading the Goblet of Fire -Harry Potter together though we joke that as soon as I open the book, Charlie falls asleep. Uncle Matt and I took them to see a production of The Grinch at The Old Globe theatre. They grouched about it the whole way there saying “they don’t like plays, they are sports guys.” Their mother full of Christmas spirit replied that they will not just be “sports boys” and they are going to get some culture if she has to shove it down their throat. Very Nice. I did try to explain that they can’t hate all plays and that they just have to find the right one. They weren’t buying it though. It all worked out because they loved the play. Score one for culture . Going to try and get them to one a year.
Cherish Your Family This Christmas! And please keep those fighting this rotten disease in your thoughts - the Chance family in particular this year.