2009 Our 1st Christmas as the Bettis' - I was on duty, we were in TN, and instead of waking up and snuggling making our first Christmas extra special - my husband and I worked the 24 hour desk in the residence hall - romantic right? Not. Then off to 17 hours to KS.
2010 - Our 2nd Christmas as the Bettis' - I worked and was on duty because I was preparing for my WLS, no tree, no trimmings, nothing. Christmas was not alive in our household. It was dreary and sad.
2011 - Our 3rd Christmas as the Bettis' - We moved from TN to TX and spend the holiday on the road. Not an elaborate holiday, no tree, not trimmings, spent the holiday in KS. Didn't feel like Christmas.
2012 - Our 4th Christmas as the Bettis' - this one just felt right - even though nothing worked out to be picture perfect like I wanted, but there was a tree, trimming, a mantel, decorations, presents, snuggling, movies, and snow!!!! This was our real first holiday. There wasn't work, there wasn't sad feelings, and there was a rule of no traveling. It was fabulous! We had a real holiday and one that is super super special and that I won't ever forget.