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The highs ands lows of the holidays

January 3, 2011 - Pam Rodgers
So my reviews this year didn’t pan out. Between changed work schedules and the busy holiday atmosphere, I couldn’t find a few moments needed to compose my thoughts about the year that was coming to an end. So I will do a kind of review of the busiest time of year, Christmas and New Years to finish it out.

Overall, it was a great time of year. I got to go to the big celebration in Montezuma with Mom’s side of the family, and I got to get away for a little while with a short vacation to Panora for some peace and quiet.

The all time low for the holiday was the big snow storm that hit Thursday night and Friday morning. Our family celebrates Christmas on Christmas Eve and all the snow made me worry if we were going to be able to make the trip to Grandma’s house.

But ultimately we got there, which led to the highest point, Christmas with the family. It a day of constant movement, loud chatter and the grazing of the holiday goodies laid out for people to take as they please. It was great to catch up with cousins I hadn’t seen for awhile, play a family game that got the whole living room involved and stay over night like old times when Santa would visit and give us more toys by Grandma’s fireplace.

Another low for me was being the only one in my immediate family who had to go back to work the next week. My parents and sister are teachers so they get to enjoy time off like their students. My brother works at Fisher and they have a plant shut down for the holidays. They all took advantage of their break and spent a whole week at our resort in Panora.

I was able to join them Wednesday afternoon so I got a little more time than last year’s two days. Being in Panora with my family was definitely a high point. It’s nice to get away from our lives for a little while and just spend time together. We played games (board, cards and Wii), watched movies and TV shows on DVD and just relaxed for awhile. Dad, Trish, James and I showed our rocking skills by playing our way through the band hero set list. With me on vocals, Trish on lead guitar, dad on second guitar and James on bass we’re unstoppable. OK so we aren’t rock stars but we can hold our own. (We still haven’t locked in with the drums but we’ll keep trying). We also tried out new games like Apples to Apples and Cranium, but kept to the classics in cards with 500 and pitch.

Overall it was a great 2010 Holiday. It make the hustle and bustle all worth in in the end. Now, there is just 358ish more days until we do it all over again!


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