Thursday, December 28, 2006

It's all over, there isn't any more.
It's all over, but what's it over for?
Just when you think the party's started...
It's over, it's over, it's over.
--Squirrel Nut Zip
pers "It's Over"

What a whirlwind! The holidays were full of sugarplums and cookies, decorating and wrapping, shopping and parades, and Nutcracker, Nutcracker, Nutcracker. The Turmanators were incredibly busy, as you may have noticed by the dearth of blogging during December. Today's photos include the girls decorating cookies, posing for our Christmas card, playing with presents, India backstage at the Nutcracker with her friends, and Kate posing with a sooty kiss from Santa on her cheek.

This was the first year that both of the Short People really understood the magic of Christmas. There was much anticipation, first for our visit from Pops and Gigi (Tracy's parents) the
weekend before Christmas, and then for traveling to Richmond to have Christmas with my family. The girls were thrilled to stay at Daden and Yoyo's house...once they were assured that they do have a fireplace and Santa will know how to find them. It was wonderful to have Clare and Derek there; they alternate between families and this year was ours.

As with most children, the excitement of Christmas was often accompanied by unadulterated mania. We found ourselves resorting to humming the refrain of "you better watch out, you better not cry..." more than once, ashamed to admit.
I also must admit that my recent lapse in blogging is also the reason for our trip to Richmond for the Holidays. My father has been diagnosed with both an ulcer and, much more seriously, an aortic aneurysm. Riding in the car for long periods is too painful so we decided to travel to him instead. He was scheduled to have surgery this week but it has been postponed for a month or two. I suppose I just didn't feel like writing about all holiday activities without mentioning what was on my mind the most. A recent follow-up has shown no growth in the aneurysm so I am feeling better about things. My father's health concerns have certainly been a reminder of how important it is to enjoy every minute of life and family. And isn't that also what the Holidays are all about?


NCArthurs said...

Glad to see you back! With all that's been going on, I'm not surprised you haven't been spending many leisurely hours in front of the computer screen. The Nutcracker picture is adorable. Ahh...little girls.

Deana said...

Amy I am so sorry about your dad. I am glad things are sounding better for him. I hope things turn out well for you all.

It sounds like everything was truly Christmasy except for that. The pictures of your daughters are adorable. I especially love the one in the Christmas sweaters with the lights behind them. What a great shot.

Hope you guys have a very Happy New Year! We are supposed to be going to Charlottesville to have a festive evening with Martin's law school buddies but I am really trying to talk him into staying here for a quiet tree is still up! I'm so far behind I'd just like some down time!

Joyce family said...

Welcome back and please let your dad know we are praying for him. I hope you ring the in New Year merrily and glad to hear from you. Need to hear more about the phones from Aunt Clare.