The Marine and I have travelled over 1,500 miles this holiday season, visiting family and friends and sharing in seasonal parties and events. I actually had to go to the chiropractor to fix my hip, as the amount of driving and sitting in the car had actually knocked me out of alignment.
Our bellies are definitely bigger from all of the wonderful food, and our heads are a bit stuffier thanks to the regional allergies that kicked up (Texas Pine Tree dust anyone?)
As much as I love the holidays, and the reconnecting with family, having to cram it all into just a few days is a bit much. You see, we have Christmas, our anniversary (which is the day after Christmas), my Dad's birthday (which is Jan 2) and the Marine's birthday (which is Jan. 8) all to celebrate while we're together as a family. This means we eat way too many desserts (pies for Christmas and the Anniversary; cakes for the birthdays) and gorge on several different wonderful dinners. And we had three days in which to do it all - oy!
I'm actually looking forward to New Year's, when we have two friends coming over to help us ring in 2011 with a frozen pizza, champagne to toast, and some fun games to play. It will be nice to relax, sit back and laugh with friends and not have to worry about the rigors of holiday get-togethers.
We'll have the beautiful Ozark night sky filled with stars, two dogs and five cats who will eagerly be jockeying for positions next to the warm humans, and a toasty wood stove to keep things cozy. Who needs to ring in the New Year with a bang? I prefer the quiet, peacefulness of the Arkansas Ozarks, with the owls hooting in the background and the coyotes singing in the distance.