While I will be working the afternoon of the Monday holiday, we'll be celebrating with the S side of the family on Sunday afternoon. Just thinking of all of the upcoming holidays makes me so excited to think that hopefully soon I will be sharing these days with my own little family. I love traditions, holidays, vacations and can not wait to share them with my child(ren). I think it's one of the reasons that I want to be a mom, to introduce them to and enrich their lives with traditions. Especially because I loved my own childhood so much and hope to provide the same euphoric feeling for my own children as they grow.
Holidays at both grandparents were beloved, and equally different. On the S side I'm the eldest grandchild, and I have to say I've very much enjoyed it. Most of my aunts and uncles on that side were still very young when I came into the world, so whenever I came over I always felt there were plenty of people to play with. There was my uncle the Octopus, who I can still remember giggling with on the kitchen floor as I struggled to escape from as he would tighten his grip and tickle until I claimed I had to use the bathroom. The aunt who when my sister and I saw B.arbie's Ice Cream Parlor set in a department catalog, she worked with our imagination to make our very own set which was so much better than the mat.tel version. The uncle who would let me play olympic games on his computer. I can still imagine them now, and can't believe how far along games have come. Aunts and Uncles who would take me down to the park to swing or help me hang from monkey bars. Aunts who loved playing Pict.ionary and Tri.vial P.ursuit with me, especially as I got older. Playing with them and my younger cousins now reminds me of doing all this with them when I was the younger ones' ages. I can also remember the polka music Grandpa would be listening to and getting to be his Poopie Doo #1. I loved playing Cop.s and Ro.bbers board game with Grandma and knowing that her cookie jar with silver lid was always full of homemade cookies and a glass of cherry Ko.ol Aid wouldn't be far behind. I enjoyed playing hide and seek as well as playing the piano and pretending the sound was a beautiful symphony.
Then there are the holidays. Where most everyone tries to attend and Grandma and Grandpa's feels as much as home as the ones I grew up in did. Where you always feel comfortable and enjoy taking it all in and relishing these times we have with each other. Where you can't imagine it being any other way. Again I appreciate being the eldest grandchild, and having so many cousins to get to be apart of their lives. I love getting to do the things that my aunts and uncles had once done with me with their kids. Taking them to the park, playing board games, and just talking and remembering how things have been since I was little. Christmas will have to have it's very own post during December, as it is my favorite time of year.
I just love getting to be part of this family and have been so fortunate to have both sides full of love and wonderful memories. Like a broken record, I can not wait to bring a child into this family and share them with everyone.
Even though this holiday won't be at Grandma and Grandpa's house, it will still be home because it's with family!!!
(I know I just prattled on and just hope this made some kind of sense ;) )