I know Christmas is a long way away, but my family is going away. As in, Carter and I aren't. And the reality of having Christmas without my family for the first time ever just hit me. Yeah, Carter's family will still be around.. But my family won't be. No Grinch on Christmas eve. No homemade Christmas gifts, no stockings, no board games until 2AM, no waking up at 4AM. No dinner. No afternoon naps in the living room. Growing up is hard.