I haven't written an official blog since before Christmas, so I hope
everyone had a great holiday season (if I haven't talked to you since then).
Our family's Christmas went rather well, all things considered. It was alot
quieter and subdued than in the past, but this was to be expected. The girls
both got a tonne of WebKinz from Santa, and from about everyone else too.
Hopefully their infatuation with this latest craze lasts longer than the many
previous ones. It's always frustrating to spend so much time, effort and
money finding the items on their lists, only to find the same items discarded
only a few weeks later (I was probably equally guilty when I was younger, but
now the shoe is on the other foot I guess). Their school, which has been
amazing through all that had happened, gave us dinner and movie Gift Cards, so
we actually had a family night out for a change. We went to see "The Water
Horse", which the girls really enjoyed, and had a big dinner at Swiss Chalet
afterwards, which I REALLY enjoyed! The "second" Christmas tree never gave us
any problems (like the ****** first one did), and actually stayed up two weeks
into the new year.
The other big change around the house was the redecorating of Darrel's old
room. We had already moved Kira in there months ago, but the time to finally
repaint and wallpaper it had arrived. Gone are the "Thomas" blues and reds,
and in with the girly pinks and whites. Although Kira still believes she
deserves the bigger room that is now Lauren's, I'm pretty sure the new paint
job has helped to lessen and/or remove such feelings. It is now HER room, in
appearance, as well as substance. It will also be the only room in the house
that will ever have been each of the three kids' at one point or another (being
Lauren's before Darrel was born). This may seem like only a minor footnote,
but it is one that I think about none the less.
At this point, I'd like to say thank you to all the Playground's friends on
MySpace and the group members on his Facebook page. Your support and kind
words continue to strengthen and enhance both the memories of Darrel, and the
need of more awareness of Neuroblastoma and Childhood Cancer. I'd like to add
a special thanks Scottie Somers at 'Living The Dream' for making the new
clickable Banner for the Playground on MySpace. It was a very surprising and
touching gesture, which shouldn't come to a surprise to anyone who knows
Darrel's birthday in May will probably be the next hurdle the family must
try to get over. I'd like to do something extra special for it, but I'm not
sure what or how things will unfold. Working straight nights as I do, it makes
things more difficult to plan and organize for the day dwelling majority of
people. Dinner at McDonald's will be a must, with Chicken McNuggets for
everyone (mind you, I won't be smothering them in Ketchup like Darrel did).
It's still four months away, so alot could, and probably will happen between
now and then.
Thanks again to everyone.