Our 3 Christmases
Oh my goodness, look at me- blogging something the day after it happened! *back pat*. Matt and I had a great Christmas yesterday with our families. We started off with gifts with my mom and sister, Carley at our house, and then had Matt’s brother’s family- Aaron, Hailey, Jaycee, & Mason come over for a delicious gourmet eggs benedict brunch to die for!
I guess as I am getting older, I am really appreciating these memories more and more and I want to make it part of my New Year to make a better effort of recording these. I am so lucky that I get to have 2 sets of grandparents, both that I am really close with- and that I have a new family that I married into that is, luckily, amazing!
Not long ago, Matt was given some home movies of when he was little and we have started watching them together. His mother passed of breast cancer when he was little and I am so sad that I don’t really get to know much about that part of him since I never got to meet her. Seeing these old tapes when he gets to hear his mom’s laugh, and make jokes about her shiny Christmas sweater- I feel so incredibly lucky that we have those little pieces to share with each other, and it brings up stories and memories of her that maybe Matt wouldn’t have remembered to share with me. My husband always rolls his eyes about the recordings “of nothing” that my father in law was documenting at these life events- but I have to say, we are so blessed to have every single second (or hour) that Matt gets to hear his mom’s laugh again.
In my own family, I realize that maybe I will be “that guy” that crammed all 800 family members into Grandma’s tiny living room for a (recreated) family photo, or maybe one day I will be taking video of “nothing”…but maybe it will bring up a story of a memory we had- or when we have children, I can say- “one day, we all could fit in this living room”. And I can share with them how incredible my grandparents still look, and how special they are to me. Roll your eyes as you wish…someone has to be that guy, and I am happy to do it. (because I am so grateful for the other people who thought it was important…you know who you are.
Here are our 3 Christmases- Breakfast at our house, Lunch at the Binghams, and Dinner at the Rowleys—we love you all so much!