Its been beautiful here since our arrival. We made the desert crossing in record time thanks to GM’s compulsion to get here and to the fishing rivers that make him so happy. We arrived to cool mornings, warm days and cold nights. Perfect!
We had a good friend from the states visit us for Christmas. She was a welcome additional to the Christmas festivities that included the O’Connell Family Holiday Food and Film festival which lasts 2 weeks and requires quite a bit of cooking and baking from me with Cal coordinating the Christmas themed film schedule and other entertainment (Bingo, Bananagrams etc…) More friends arrive tomorrow to spend the New Year with us.
As each day passes here I am a little sad. This will be it for Patagonia Christmas’s for awhile. We have made the decision to return to the US after the school year is over (June 2011) and its not likely with the kid’s varied and truncated Christmas break that we will be here together as a family for a long time. It makes me sad. Really sad. And I need to find a way to just enjoy these moments and not let myself think about how this it the last time (fill in the blank) (ie the dogs come to Patagonia, Christmas morning fire etc..). Find joy in these moments, for what they are in the present and not how they might stack up in the future or how I will feel when they are over.