I dropped the kids off at my in-laws house on Christmas day. It was harder than I thought it would be. My cousins didn't even come out to say hello. My in laws didn't help unload the car - they made it very apparent that I wasn't wanted there. Every single person I would call "family" for the past 15 years, excluding my parents and BLT, were in that house opening gifts, having the traditional stockings and nerf "war" I had always participated in... and I wasn't welcome. My own brother was there and he didn't even call me or talk to me on Christmas day. I cried all the way home. I was depressed and stayed in bed for most of the day. BLT napped and in general tried to leave me alone in my misery. I assumed this whole thing would only last 3-4 hours.... 7 hours later I still didn't have my kids back home. So I've already decided we're not doing that again next year. I'm sorry, but I was miserable, and it's not okay with me that they expect to have the kids for the entire day - I missed out on the whole Christmas day with them, so next year I'll avoid all this stress and drama and make other arrangements! On the plus side my former Mother In Law - Drama Momma didn't pull any inappropriate stunts and kids had a good time.
Finally I was able to go get them around seven at night and things started to improve. We packed the car up and headed south to stay with BLT's family for a week.
We got up at 3 am, loaded up the kids and the car and headed south. 13 hours later we had driven through every possible weather condition known to man including winds that felt like a damn hurricane blowing the car all over the road, blinding snow, hail, bright sunshine, and a patch of fog as thick as potato soup. BUT...we arrived! Now we get to relax for the next four days with his family before heading home for the New Year.
Blue puppy was a raging success! Monkey Pants looked at me and said, "I TOLD you Santa was magic!!" All the extra effort was definitely worth every minute!
I decided to give BLT his ring in private after the kids opened all their gifts and we were able to get a few minutes alone. I explained my worries and he was very sweet about the whole thing. He loves the ring. He showed it off to his family and he's been wearing it ever since. I'm really happy he likes it - and he completely understands the spirit in which it was intended - so all my anxiety was for nothing...as usual!
Happy Holidays dear friends and readers. I hope the next week is fun, relaxing, and enjoyable for all! No more posts from me until I get back home. I'm spending time with my man, my kids, and new friends and family.