Where to begin? Well first let’s start with our first Christmas Eve here. It was ok, it wasn’t what I had imagined in my head, which I know better than to have any type of expectation, but it was what it was. Christmas Eve was spent opening presents from my Mom and Bob, and vice-versa on their end, all while having the video feed on our computer via Skype. The feed wasn’t the best, so I could hear them fine, but the picture was choppy. The tradition of what we have done EVERY Christmas Eve since I have been married was there, just not the best version of it. I know I have touched upon the family aspect of relocating, but you truly have to be prepared for the Holidays.
I surprisingly didn’t shed a tear, I was just overall melancholy about the whole weekend. It felt like I was watching my life, not really living it, and it was just a haze to me. The no snow wasn’t an issue, although no snow to me means no family, so it does have some meaning. Seeing it on Main Street last week in the Magic Kingdom made me smile from ear to ear, it felt like home for a small moment. You just really have no clue what feelings the Holidays will bring up, until you are right smack in the middle of them.
Christmas morning came, and it was truly awesome. Nothing like watching your kids open their presents, it’s such a fun feeling to have. Santa had come as well, and both girls were happy with everything they had received. I got my ZAGG cell charger for the Parks, which I needed, and Hubby got a special Imagineer book from WDW. All was well, and we ate like pigs as we watched the ABC Christmas parade. Yes, we did find ourselves too!
I tried to focus on what blessings God had given me, and not what we all painfully knew was missing. No drive to Sheboygan, no drive to Door County, and no brother making jokes and laughing about old times. I know, someone out there is thinking “Fly home, or have them fly to you.” Well when we discussed relocating, we knew there would be those who could travel to us, and those who cannot. We didn’t expect people to change their lives for us, but we had hoped SOMEONE would visit us from our families for Christmas. We were blessed to see them before now, so I have nothing to complain about. But, it still hurt. Lesson learned? For those of you thinking of moving, again, discuss with your families how visiting will work. Leaving it “up in the air” will serve as a catalyst for everyone to put it off and get to it when they can. Your families need to know that the first EVERYTHING when you move away is critical- it sets the stage for all of the times after and how they will be received.
Maybe it’s why I took everything down the day after Christmas- yup, not one remaining Christmas decoration is to be found anymore. It’s not that it was a horrible Christmas, I just had had enough and felt that the New Year is a time for cleaning up our home and preparing for the future.
Due to vehicle issues, we couldn’t make the Christmas service we had hoped to with our friends. It didn’t stink, it sucked. Just getting a taste of the worship choir at Epcot made me miss my Church and Choir so badly, and I knew that missing church on Christ’s birthday would be painful. For most they can miss a service and not feel anything, but for me it is literally food for my soul and my sanity. So as soon as we get everything done with the car, my main goal is finding a Church home this January.
Which leads me into the New Year thinking… what’s next for the Petermanns? Well, it’s a lot more reality. Yeah, I know, reality isn’t any fun- that’s why we all love Disney, right? Well, it’s the Relocated Tourist, not the Disney Tourist, so in the year of 2012 we will be focusing on life moving forward here. What does that mean? You will still get your dose of Disney from us, but we also will be reporting on schools, stores, doctors, dentists, getting your license from a teen point of view, college time, and how virtual school is going for Emily. My oldest baby is wrapping up her Senior Year this coming 2012, so I have a lot to get her ready for. On top of the fact we really want to get Emily into a Charter School next year, so a lot of research and time will be spent on the lot.
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We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and we will be chatting again before New Years, God bless each and every one of you!