Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

As a lot of you know, I used to hand stamp over 100 cards and send a micro Christmas letter. Not any more. This is my Christmas letter and it is being sent on Christmas morning. So, here goes.....2010 was a interesting year. Grant started his own business with long time coworker Mike Byers. They named it CRETE and with all of the good work and marketing they did they are still in business and now concerned about having done too well. I consider that a GOOD problem. Seriously - how is that a problem???? WHATEVER! Next year will be a lot different because they are moving out of Mike's house (free rent makes any bottom line seem wonderful)and getting office space. Here is to Grant GETTING OUT OF MY OFFICE!!!! But seriously, I am really proud of the success of CRETE and how Grant and I handled the year. Clearly, June and July were a shock when my cancer was back and the end of the year has been stressful because, count them, BOTH of my medical insurance companies have been fighting over who is primary and NEITHER were paying my claims and still are not, but I wrote the right letter to the right people and now we are just waiting on one piece of paper - nice. I offered to create, forge, do anything to get the peice of paper they need, but apparently I can't. Now, it is Christmas and we should not dwell on that crap! Moving on.......Mason and Nolan have had a great Christmas - despite their requently questionable behavior!!!! Here is a story.....We have the Christmas Elf that visits us every year. He watches the boys during the day and then flies back to Santa EVERY night to report their behavior. Well, one night we were out for a Christmas adventure with Karissa and her kids and Nolan wasn't eating his dinner, so I said, "What will the elf think?" and he, without missing a beat said in perfect English with perfect grammar, "The elf can't see me. He is at home." I was dumbfounded - speechless - what do I do with that??? Quickly Karissa took over, "Oh yeah buddy, well Santa knows EVERYTHING and you want presents don't you?!?!?!?" Shockingly, he ate. In addition on the way home, Mason was trying to crack jokes which all involved underwear, pee, poo, etc.. At the same time, Nolan was taking about his favorite planet - URANUS. "PEE PEE POOP POOP UNDERWEAR!" "We live on Uranus! Santa is coming to Uranus! Uranus - Uranus - Uranus!" I have to say, my kids are all class. I am SOOOOOOO proud. So, there you have it a typical Christmas in an average family. I do have medical updates but I am not ready to talk about those. They are fine, and I will be fine. It is nothing that can't be managed and luckily I got alotta good managers. The first week of January the decisions will be made and I will do what I have to. So, a little prayer between now and then will not go unnoticed and would be GREATLY appreciated. Forever grateful for so many things, Angie, Grant, Mason and Nolan


Steve Chamberlin said...

Merry Christmas, Ang. Thanks for a blog about a real family dealing with cancer. Each of my three boys went through the pee and poo joke phase. Yours will be forever glad you captured theirs on your blog. :) Sounds like you are having a Merry Christmas. May you enjoy a Healthy New Year as well.

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas Angie!
I have been following your blog for a long time and pray for you all the time. I never noticed the comment section and don't have your email address so I just read and prayed.
Mike and I both love you, Angie, and we always have. I never forget the fun times we had when you and Erin were children, and even when you were teenagers!!!!
And Andy had a crush on you when he was in elementary school.
Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Your children are beautiful.
Your old neighbors, Karen and Mike Mulcahy

Kari George said...

Merry Christmas to you too Angie! We all love you soooo much! The medical stuff has it's way of working itself out! Don't stress it....just enjoy your time with your family!

Thanks for the update dear. Oh, cute Santa photo! Nordies did them good!


Myrna said...

Merry, Merry Christmas, Angie. And Grateful Christmas too! I look forward to your blogs very much and please know that Don and I pray for you and your family. And it's true... All the prayers prayed for you do not go unnoticed. I love the Santa picture! Sometime I'd love to see one of all of you...but I know how "fun" it is to get that done!
Love and hugs...

Vicki Olafson said...

What a wonderful Santa picture and thanks for the christmas blog. Truly a challenging year for you all but still filled with hope,joy, new adventures and always love.
My prayers and thoughts are always coming your way.
Love ya.


Laurie said...

Just read your post. Sounds like you're having a wonderful Christmas on Planet Uranus. Lots of love to you and your boys - xoxoxo