Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas from Paradise

What a Christmas day! We started out by opening some very sweet cards that were sent to us from our friend Shannon in Portland. She created sweet, unique cards for each of us. Thanks! I brought a few little stocking stuffers for the kids but it just wasn’t the same. As you can see by the photos, we got the opportunity to meet Santa today in our hotel lobby. The Santa in the Bahamas has a much better tan that the one that usually visits us in Washington, but he was just as sweet.

Today we literally lounged around on the beach and by the pool – All day! We played in the water, took naps in the comfortable chairs and listened to Christmas music playing through the large speakers. It just didn’t feel quite like Christmas with everyone running around in their swimsuits drinking fruity drinks.

Rick’s feet have been bothering him today. That is just one of the many side effects of his chemo but maybe all of the walking yesterday or the heat the last few days is making things worse. He didn’t have a very good night’s sleep last night either. He has been doing his best to stay out of the sun, but the Schmitt kids have been making up for what he’s missed out on. If you thought their smiles looked white in our Christmas photo, wait until to see the photo at the end of the week.

A lady at our resort noticed my tattoo today. She asked if it had a special meaning…so I told her. It was the first time I’ve thought of the “C” word since we’ve been here. As
you can imagine, I got the typical response. “You don’t look sick”. I thanked her, wished her a Merry Christmas then went on my way.

The kids are having a good time but I think they’re missing everyone back home. Too many days “with mom and dad” can make them crazy.

As they say here in the Bahamas, “Merry Christmas, Mon”.

Dreaming Big,


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