- the gift I ordered for Bubba two weeks ago. FedEx hasn't been able to navigate the icy and snowy roads to get it here yet.
- extended family
- pumpkin pie (or any kind of dessert, for that matter)
What We Did Get for Christmas
- two little girls who woke us up at 6:30 because they couldn't wait a moment longer to find out what Santa had left for them.
- homemade calendars with examples of the girls' artwork in them - one for each of our home offices.
- a nap (well, I got one - I don't know about anyone else).
- squeals of delight as the girls opened their gifts from me and Bubba.
- four games of Scrabble and a family game of Sorry.
- not one sibling squabble (no, really. They even asked to have a sleepover with each other tonight).
- another six inches of the fluffiest, whitest, most beautiful snow I think I've ever seen.
- phone calls from friends and family wishing us love and peace...
...and so much more. It is difficult to estimate the vast difference between the way this day played out and the way it was planned, over two months ago. Regardless of the fact that we weren't in the city we expected to be in, eating the Christmas dinner we planned on eating, sitting in a room full of cousins and grandparents as the kids tore the wrapping off of piles of gifts, I couldn't envision a better day.
Over the past week we have all found our own way to come to terms with the circumstances that have us here in our house, without extended family. My eldest has had the most difficult time, mourning the loss of time with her cousin and the new babies she's dying to see. She has shed buckets of frustrated tears over and over again as she peers out the window to watch the snow fall. Bubba has had to overcome serious cabin fever and contend with my sanguine attitude about it all. The youngest is just happy to have us all together. She doesn't care what we're doing at all.
This morning, the oldest pulled me aside and thanked me for the gifts she received. As I hugged her she whispered, "I don't even care that we're not in Oregon. It's a perfect Christmas, Mommy."
Who needs pumpkin pie?