It wasn't exactly a happy occasion. My first ex-husband's wife, step-mother to my sons, died after a long illness. My son who lives in Delaware made some fast arrangements and showed up to spend five days with us. I'm sorry for the family's loss, but I was so happy to see my son.
With just 24 hours notice, I pulled together a Christmas dinner. And for the first time in almost six years, I had all of my kids together at once. It was fun. Food was good. Yes, we had our vegan guest again, and no problem. I know how to handle that. I actually did a little less cooking this time and bought more prepared items just for lack of prep time.
My kids are having a great time spending lot of time with their younger brother. He lives in Delaware, but his own two kids live in Virginia. Consequently, all of his time off is spent getting his kids for visits and he just hasn't been able to squeeze in a visit for years. But we're hoping this summer we'll have him and the kids out here.
But for now, just basking in the love and joy of the season and a rare visit with my son.