Second Holiday Season 

Lately it seems that one of the most consistent things on my mind has been “this is so tiring!”

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The last year and a half has been a complete crash-course in parenting.  Before, I might have wondered what sort of “mom” things I would do one day. I’ve gotten to find out. In elementary school I would notice the parents in the drive-through line having left the house with their hair and boobs everywhere.  I’d think “WHY. it’s so simple to fix your appearance and it MAKES SUCH A HUGE DIFFERENCE.” Now I understand the zero fucks given. 

But every single day I get to happily and confidently say, “yeah, I am an AMAZING stepmom!” However I do wonder at which age Tegan will look back at her life and realize that she was almost completely raised by 20-year olds.  Between her Mom, Dad and I, at least once a month I’m thinking “oh my god–everyone! stop what we’re doing we are screwin’ up this child!!”

Either way, the holidays went through without a hitch, we grabbed a Christmas Tree, strung popcorn on a string, and watched Christmas movies. We sent packages in the mail, spent Christmas Eve with Chase’s family and woke up to open presents together and have Christmas dinner.

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Scoping out the Santa at the mall’s tree lighting parade

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Our Christmas together at home was actually a lot of fun. It was a peaceful and joyous affair. Chase spent a few hours in the garage progressing on his collection of wood-work. Tegan and I danced and lip-synced full performances for several hours straight (and she was completely thrilled.)

There was even a couple of weekends that we were able to go out and play in the snow.  Still no snowboarding, which I’ve wanted desperately to do since I left Portland, but “maybe next year!”

I’m very happy that Christmas comes only once a year 🙂 It’s a lot of ceremony to deal with the consumerism, the people, and the general expectations. The part about me getting presents though is always cool.

 

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