Friday, December 7, 2007

Christmas Preparations

Last week, I was talking on the phone with one of my girlfriends and I started to cry. I was so tired of being sick and tired. I was fearful of not having Christmas be perfect for Mason. I didn't know how I was going to get the decorations up, the presents wrapped, Santa photos, etc. I wanted it to be perfect for him because, well, I didn't know if I was going to see Christmas a little while back and my third Christmas was the first that I remember as a child. I remember how excited my Dad was that day and on that Christmas I got what I asked for - a teddy bear. He was a big as I was and from then on he was my best friend. I wanted this Christmas to be like that for Mason (and Nolan, but let's be serious - he isn't going to remember!!) She suggested I ask some friends over to decorate and wrap gifts. I thought that was a crazy idea, but then again, I am nuts so I thought about it and called a few friends - the ones that love Christmas. I called one that loves to wrap, one that love the Christmas tree, one that just loves Christmas, and one that is a work horse. (Ladies - guess which one you are....hehehe). I pulled a lasagna from the freezer, asked one to bring a salad, and we were set. They all came and transformed my house and wrapped all my gifts. So, many times that night my eyes filled with tears, but I didn't cry. They teased me about my crazy ornaments - doesn't everyone had a pig angel?????? We laughed and chatted up a storm. The the best part was one friend was from high school, one from college, one was a old neighbor, and one was a soccer buddy, but they have all been with me for so long that they all know each other. They talked in a familiar way, enjoying each other's company. Let's face it - I do drag people together and, if they have any sense, they go with it!!!!! So, Wednesday night my house was Christmasfied, and on Thursday afternoon my Mom picked me up with the kids and we went for Santa photos. Mason and Nolan were at my folks for Tuesday and Wednesday night because Grant had to work late both nights. Wednesday and Thursday were great days, but by Thursday night I was exhausted and went to bed at 7. It was a good amazing tired.....who would have thought that all those people would have time to help me during the holidays? How lucky am I?!?!?!? Happy Friday, Ang


Anonymous said...

So, by Decmber 5th you had all your gifts and they just needed wrapping? I've just started my shopping. You go girl.

Anonymous said...

By Christmas Day your schedule of Radiational Butt blasts will be over and your Children along with their Mom will experience a wonderful Christmas. There isn't a parent who hasn't felt the angst over their children's Christmas that you feel, but if you and your family lived in a hovel your Children would have a good Christmas, because they have the bottomless pool of love that is their mothers comittment to their well being. This will be my 78th Christmas so I have a basis for my judgement about your coming happy Christmas, trust me. pat&mag

Bob said...

Ang - someone told me once that cancer was a "gift". Huh???? My first thoughts were "What kind of crappy gift is this? Who would give such a terrible gift? Where can I return it?". But over time, I've come to see that there is some truth to it. Your gift here is seeing what wonderful friends you have to come and help you with Christmas.

And time for you to pay it forward again and share this with your other buddies down in Radiation Oncology. You'll be paid back again.