I headed home Wednesday night and met my parents and brother Ryan in St. Cloud to celebrate my mom's birthday. We ate at Grizzly's (wow, their food is delicious!) and she opened up her gifts back at home. She did open up my card while we were at dinner, and my gift to her was eight hours of my time to help her clean the basement.
I accompanied my dad to the nursing home in my hometown on Thursday to visit my grandparents. Grandma was recently admitted (Grandpa has been in there for at least one year, if not two), and the adjustment has been hard on my dad. Grandma recognized me right away, but she never used my name. Grandpa sleeps pretty much all the time now, and if awake, he usually only responds if you speak to him in Polish. Both grandparents have dementia. I'm glad I was able to spend time with my grandparents; only God knows how much time they have left on this earth.
Back at home, I helped Mom with baking, cooking and cleaning, while more snow fell outside.
|View of the house and Christmas tree from the river side of the property|
|Jesus is the reason for the season!|
|Mom used old jewelry and rhinestones to decorate the wise men and their camels when she originally made them|
|What a big tree--12 feet tall!|
Me: Don! Merry Christmas!
Don: Richelle, my long lost love!
Don: You married yet?
Me: No, that's next September.
Don: Good, because when I see him, he's gonna get it!
(After some laughter, Don asks about Mark)
Don: Uh-oh... I see a divorce coming.
Me: Hey now, I'm not even married yet!
Don: Not yours... mine!
Don cracks me up. He also told me I turned into a beautiful lady, which definitely made me grin from ear to ear.
Christmas morning, I headed down to Spicer to celebrate the day with future hubs and his family. His brother's girlfriend was there, too; she's a sweetheart. We enjoyed a delicious meal of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, veggies, and Bette's booze balls. Yum! We later opened up gifts, played a few rounds of the card game Skip-Bo, napped, and watched August Rush (great movie!). What a relaxing and fun Christmas Day!
Mark and I headed back to the Cities that night so we could attend Mom's family's celebration on Boxing Day. Jan and Gerry hosted the event, which meant that I also had the chance to see my cutie-pie goddaughter. Within the first five minutes of our arrival, Rachel had given me a big hug and I had read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas to her. It was a nice gathering, made better by the fact that my other brother, Kevin, had also attended. He and my parents have a strained relationship (yesterday was the first day he had verbally spoken to them for six months), and his relationship with Ryan and me has also been testy. I'm very thankful we were all together at some point during the holidays.
I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas, and I look forward to what the new year will bring for you.