The holidays are over and this year I am feeling a bit wanting.
Thanksgiving with Matt’s family was amazing as usual. I have to say, I have never felt more a part of a family since joining his. Everyone is just so genuine and caring. It’s absolutely wonderful! Becca, my sister-in-law; Dean, my soon to be brother-in-law (so excited!); Matt; and I all tried our hand at gingerbread houses/structures. I was actually a bit pleased with myself, having never done it before. However, after Thanksgiving, was a bit of a dip.
Unfortunately, due to circumstances out of everyone’s control, Matt and I were unable to see Matt’s family for Christmas. We did our normal thing (invited Bobby over and played board games), but it just didn’t feel the same. I missed cooking random desserts with Becca and watching my oversized dogs demand attention from my mother and father-in-law. I missed teasing Dean, my soon to be brother-in-law and exposing the lot of them to new ethnic foods. I always knew that these things had become very important to me, but never more so then when they weren’t able to happen.
Matt and I did get to go visit my family in Colorado. I stayed at my youngest brother’s place and got to meet his girlfriend, Tierney, who I thought was absolutely wonderful. I was able to give my youngest brother a portrait of his dog that I made for him for Christmas. My brother and I had a very much needed conversation that I believe went well. I also got to see my middle brother and my sister-in-law, as well as their kids. Those children were such a breath of fresh air! It’s been a while since I have gotten to experience children without the pressures of “so where are yours”.
While in Colorado Matt and I got to stay at the Stanley Hotel. If you are not familiar with the Stanley, it is the hotel that had inspired Stephen King to write The Shining and was the location where the three part Shining mini series was shot. We have been told that it was haunted, so we took a ghost tour as well as lots of photos (one of which may have a picture of a ghost in it; you decide). Once we got home, I got to pick up my new snake who I named Stanley. Amazing little guy.
It was a good time, and I still wish I had gotten to see Matt’s family. I feel that as time has gone on, I really have grown to appreciate the efforts they have made to get to know me. I really think that when Matt and I have children, they will be amazing influences in their lives and I can only hope that Matt and I can provide the same loving feelings that I get around his family to our children.