Post Traumatic Christmas Disorder

Yeah-I made up the term, deal with it.

Sitting on my computer after dropping my mom off at the airport.

I no sooner walked in the door when I felt a migraine coming on. It always happens like this. I get a migraine after all the festivities are done. It is like my body just “lets down”. Happens everytime Carter is in the hospital or we have a lot going on. The migraine stays at bay while the adrenalin is up and then it hits me like a ton of bricks. But, I digress, AGAIN.

Christmas was really nice. It was peaceful and quiet yet filled with making sure that all was merry and bright by me. Norma (yes I know) Rockwell would be proud. So would June Cleaver. BARF!

All was snowy and white when we woke up on Christmas Eve. This prompted a snowball fight between my 81 year old mother and my 13 year old son. Me? I took pictures…

The snow is hard on Carter’s wheelchair so we made Instant Snow in the house for him to play with. Yeah, my kitchen is a mess at this point! Balled up tissue paper makes very nice snowballs and when these two above got good and cold they brought the fight inside with Carter…

Ornaments were hung….

Cioppino was made (no, not be me)….

Food and drink were consumed….

Present unwrapping started at 9 am on Christmas morning…

Highlights included….

  • an xbox for Carter (I won this in San Fransisco this year at the event)
  • turtle beach headsets for Connor
  • Rock Band for the family
  • Elvis Dumerville jersey for me
  • Kitchen appliances for Bob
  • Digital frame for Nana
  • Money for all from Grandma and Grumpy

I made breakfast! (yes, you read that right) Thanks to my friend Lisa for introducing me to Paula Deen’s Baked French Toast Casserole and Oscar Mayer for sending me some new yummy Super Thick Cut Applewood Smoked Bacon I actually made a breakfast that was not only edible but was super delicious! So what if I forgot to take a picture? Y’all believe me that it looked just like this, don’t ya???

Next we headed to the nursing home to visit PopPop. He gave the boys family heirlooms for Christmas: a watch that belonged to his grandfather in Italy and a ring…

We rounded the weekend off with lots and lots of Rock Band but my mom has those pictures on her camera!

Hope yours was as merry as ours. I am off to tend this growing headache.



  1. I hope your migraine goes away quick! Looks like a really nice Christmas though! Jealous over your snow!!

    get some rest, you deserve it! (and maybe a reward at the mall that you pick out yourself…!)

  2. It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas. I love indoor snow idea.

  3. Loved the post! I chuckled at your Xbox that you won… because my girls asked me “did you win any of these presents mom” haha! I actually didn’t win any of them just some gift cards that I used to purchase some things! LOL
    .-= Susieqtpies´s last blog ..Eating Well Should be Healthy Too! =-.

  4. The snow fight picture is hilarious!

    I look forward (MANY years from now) having great memories like that with my grandchildren. (Like I said… MANY MANY years from now though!)

    I hope you feel better soon.

  5. Barb- First off, I have the utmost sympathy for those who get migraines. My brother gets them (has since he was little), as does my Grandpa. They are horrible for both of them. They present in exactly the same way for each. They start with spots in the vision followed by the most mind-splitting pain ever. They are so bad it causes them to throw up, they have to be in a dark room with no noise until the abate. Terrible.

    Second, what a surprise your comment was to me today on my blog. I had no idea you even read my stuff, let alone felt connected. That was the best compliment ever! Thank you.