Daryl ended up having some out-patient surgery that turned out well, but has laid him up for a few weeks. Well, he is SUPPOSED to be laid up but as he feels better he seems to think he can return to normal activity. Then he gets out of sorts when he finds he is not up to par, and what is a person supposed to do when the weather is still slushy, icy, cold, etc?
You plan a diversion. We hosted the Winter Birthday Bash, an annual event, but this year a bit earlier than usual. There are 6 in the family with birthdays in January - March and we try to get everyone together to celebrate. Of course, with everyone's busy lives, it is nearly impossible to get everyone here. But we managed a nice gathering last night and it cheered everyone up.
|4 of the 6 Winter Birthday celebrants - Daryl, Kiersten, Kory, and Mandy|
There were stories (I am not allowed to reveal this story publicly, but trust me - it is always a hit!).
And a little Christmas.
|Actually another cute story, this is the traditional gift from "the kids" for Daryl every year.|
And best of all it was time spent together, telling stories, sharing lives, laughing and connecting. Of course, some people just couldn't stay awake through our exciting story-telling.
We really need to do this more often. Time goes so quickly and it is extremely important to stay connected as a family.
That reminds me of another story - for another time!