i would say that--for the first time in a long time--it was a really nice christmas. no family crazy even!
ok, i did feel like i wa sherding cats at times, but all in all, it was really a nice holiday. probably because no one wants drama at what could be a last xmas together.
it was also nicely spread-out. thursday, my father, ryan and i took hawk to his first movie--the princess and the frog. he *loved* it. as you might recall, he is obvcessed with music. watched the whole thing sitting in my father's lap, except the most tense part where he darted across our laps and nursed. LOL my father really enjoyed taking him to his first movie.
then on friday, we went to my ILs. because i'd made an extensive list of what we needed for NZ (clothing wise, etc), and a clear ssuggestion as to what to get the baby as a toy, we got a lot on our lists that are just perfecto. i was unhappy with the camoflage shirt that MIL gave him, but otherwise, it's all good. the big hit from that family was the harmonica that his aunt got him (also a small set with maracas, a tamorene (sp?), and a recorder that soudns like crap. but he figured out the harmonica in about 20 mintues and LOVES it).
then on saturday, my parents came down and gave hawk his gifts. more clothes (and gift cards for us), a teddy bear (i ordered a musical box windy thingy to sew into it), and the ukulele that my sister got for him. we got the case and extra strings. hawk went ape-poop crazy over the uke. played it, wanted everyone else to play it.
by sunday, not wanting the uke to get destroyed and also tired of 'playing' the poor out of tune thing, we came up with "uke needs a nap!" and so we put uke back in the box with a "blanket" (pillowcase) and hawk gave it a nice kiss "goodnight." later, i took it out and learned to tune it
and we all played the various instruments with abandon and taking turns with which instrument. then, we put uke to bed.
so, we sold our house and closing is on modnay, thus this holiday season has been nuts because of that. getting the house ready, packing, all of the inspections (i felt like they wanted to see the place a million times), and just getting things ready to go has been a lot of work.
this weekend, we move out and move in with friends temporarily. ryan is off on thurs so we finish packing then. on friday, i pick up the old footlocker/trunks i found on craigs list (which will fit al of hawks toys and instruments save the uke in one, and that gives us a second o ne for "whatever."), pack up whatever else might be left, and divide it into the right "piles"--storage, donation, going with us, and going to auction.
saturday i teach and then we move our stuff over to our friend's house (the bed and bedding, toys and clothes that we're taking with us), my parents come to take stuff to storage, and the moving guys come to take everything left to the auctioneer.
we'll spend the night at my parents (having unloaded our stuff into their storage), and then come back on sunday for a final cleaning, and then do more shopping for the odds and ends that we need.
next week, we have closing on monday, banking on tuesday, and lawyer on wednesday, ryan's fittings on thursday (for his clothes, they always have to get taken in, up, around, whatever. LOL). friday and saturday i work again, but we also have friend's coming that weekend.
then, we hope that the visa will come. the FBI's stuff is due "any day now" (we're in the 9th-10th week of waiting and it is supposed to come in 8-10 wks); and we're talking with immigration tonight to figure out if we can come early with a temp work visa or as tourists.
also, ryan's entering a screenwriting/film contest in NZ, winners have to be there Jan 18, so if he wins, he'll have to be there. and, we have to tell them that we have new contact info!
whew. so much fun.