We could not live without our family calendar. It helps me keep all of our schedules together in one place so that we can adjust when activities overlap. I just added a couple more holiday parties and basketball practices and realized I will miss our oldests’ first swim meet Thursday. Our daughter has a choral concert the same night, and I missed her last one because of my surgery. So my husband will watch him splash his way up and down the pool while I listen to Christmas carols and take pictures for the school’s chorus’ scrapbook.
The kids, of course, are counting down the days (and probably the hours) until Christmas break begins. Here the schools don’t start the vacation until December 24, and it’ll last 12 days. A lot of the kids’ friends aren’t attending the 22nd and 23rd so that they can have that extra weekend before Christmas that we have always enjoyed with other schools. Because of their short break, my husband didn’t take too many days off from work this year. He’ll end up with 5 or 6 days coinciding with theirs. I know he’ll want to see snow (more than the flurries we may get here), so a few of those days may be spent in colder regions.
It’s been five weeks since my surgery, and I am feeling much better but know that I’ve lost some muscle. I went Christmas shopping this weekend, and my legs felt like I’d run a 10-K afterward. I need to start walking some this next week and then maybe I can start running again by the new year. I’m hoping to start a new workout routine and get back to the pace I was on in Guam a few years ago.
As I look at the calendar for next year, I know that we are going to be busy, with some of the same things and, at the same time, some new things as we prepare to move. I hope that we can all hold it together, especially me. I have been feeling the stress of the coming June since we got here last summer. I try to use occasions like the holidays and birthdays as distractions, so that we are not constantly talking about what, when, how, and where. I have dreamed of the day that we finally move back to Florida, but now I am letting the uncertain things like jobs and houses squelch the excitement I wanted to feel. I’ve got to think more about all the positives: the family that is going to envelope us when we get there, living closer to some of my relatives, the warmer weather, and just a 4 1/2-hour drive to Pensacola.
For now, I want to enjoy the last 6 months in Virginia. As much as we cannot wait until we get to Florida, we still have swim meets and basketball practices and Girl Scout meetings. And 8 days and 12 hours until Christmas!