I have to be honest, I’m kind of bummed Christmas is over! I wish it would just feel like it lasted a little longer and while we spend Christmas Eve and Day running around to see all of our families, it definitely makes the time go by a lot faster when you’re as busy as we are!
evening we stayed at Starved Rock Lodge which is a local state park on the Illinois River. We do this every year with my aunt and uncle and two cousins. We book a cabin that has 4 adjoining rooms, all with fireplaces, we set up food in one & games in another. We snack for a while, we relax in the hot tub, we get dinner, then we play games, and we always drink way too much. It’s such a fun and relaxing way to kick off Christmas! We look forward to it every year.
While we were booking our cabin for next year I got a call from my doctor’s office, I went through my current RE’s office, she sent me orders and I went after work. They wanted to do a beta and test to see if I had ovulated. If I hadn't, they would put me on progesterone to induce, but when she called me morning, she told me that I had in fact ovulated on my own, which is a good sign. I was really hoping she would call and say, YOU’RE PREGNANT, but she didn't… boo! Oh well, CD1 came on Christmas (thanks a lot Santa, you could’ve brought me the best gift and instead you brought me the worst), but I was happy to see it come and not have to continue a lengthy cycle. It totaled 32 days which is about 5 days late for me, so you can understand why I thought I could possibly pregnant. It definitely sucked that I wasn’t and it definitely sucked having to tell Joe that the beta confirmed what I already knew from the HPT. I am keeping the faith though and we will continue to try naturally while we wait to continue treatment.
Christmas Eve day we spent relaxing, I knew we wouldn’t have much downtime once the festivities kicked off that evening so we laid around in our PJ’s with Frankie and watched a couple movies. Our first stop was at Joe’s parents for soup and sandwiches with family friends. At 6 we headed to my uncles house until 8 when we headed back to Joe’s parents for our Christmas Eve tradition. Joe’s family has always had a tradition of wearing matching PJs, reading Christmas stories, and drinking Coke’s out of glass bottles their entire lives, it’s one of my favorite parts about Christmas. I loved our jammies this year, they were really cute! Joe’s mom even made a matching set for Jocelyn’s American Girl doll, Jessie. After the stories were over we opened our gifts. One of my favorite gifts this year is from Joe’s parents. Joe’s mom is super crafty and creative. She filled clear glass ornaments with dirt from our property the day we started excavating and then decorated them with “Ridley Ranch” on one, “6/23/14 Breaking Ground” on one, “One Nail at a Time” on one and “Home Sweet Home” on the last, they are so cute! I am going to scour Pinterest to look for a cute way to display them all year!
Christmas Day we opened gifts at my parents, then headed to my dad’s for gifts, my aunts for lunch, Joe’s grandma’s, then back to my parents for Christmas dinner. It was a busy day of traveling, but it was fun. I’ve already told my family that next year Christmas Day will be at our new home and it will be open-house style with food all day. I don’t want to go anywhere, especially if we have a baby by then! Although it was a crazy few days, it was great to be surrounded by our friends and family that we love so much. I just wish it would last a little longer and that time would slow down!
Grandpa & Grandma Rossi & the wine that we made from their grapes. He was so excitedI named it "Franco Rossi" for him, his name is Frank.
Today I worked which sucked, but at least it’s a ! We are supposed to head to Kentucky for another family Christmas , but it sounds like Joe will have to work so we are probably going to have to cancel. I’m bummed but I’m also ok with having a couple days to get things back in order after the whirlwind of Christmas.