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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Christmas and New Year's and some pictures.

Merry Christmas!  Happy New Year!  And all that jazz.

I hope everyone had a wonderful everything.  We survived all the festivities and things are starting to get back to normal...ish.  Dan went to work this morning for the first time in almost two weeks but the kids don't go back to school until tomorrow.

We had a really nice two week break from everything normal.  I really enjoyed having Dan and the kids home for such a long stretch.  It was so very good.  I was sad to say goodbye to him this morning when he went ot work.

Dan's uncle was able to spend 5 days with us over Christmas which was lovely.  We celebrated Christmas Eve at the church of my youth with a beautiful Lovefeast and Candlelight service and then came back to our house for a little party with my family and my best friend's family.  (And as usual, I got no pictures because I never think about it until it's too late and I was too busy enjoying myself.)

On Christmas morning, I literally had to drag the kids out of bed so that we could unwrap gifts, eat breakfast, and get dressed in time to make it to the 11:00 Christmas Day Mass.

I did manage to get a lot of pictures of that and here are a few of them for your viewing pleasure:

After Mass, we celebrated at my parent's house with a delicious feast of turkey, ham, and all the sides and my mom's famous chocolate cake and of course, presents.

On New Year's Eve we went to a Japanese restaurant with my best friend's family and another friend's family and then back to their house to watch the ball drop.  And no once again no pictures because that's how I roll.  Just imagine a large group of people eating way too much food and then hanging out until the ball dropped.  There - isn't that just as good as a picture? :)

I am excited for things to start to get back to normal now that all the festivities are over.  We still have our tree up and all of our decorations because my husband and my kids love them so much.  If it was up to me they would all be down by now.  But we are going to do it this weekend and even though it feels like Monday, it's already Wednesday so only a few more days of all the decorations being up!  Bahumbug!  My family thinks I'm a big scrooge but I've always said I prefer ordinary time...

I hope you all had a great holiday and that you made lots of memories and spent quality time with family and friends!  And here's to a fabulous 2019!


Suzanne said...

What great pictures! Sounds like a wonderful set of holidays with lots of good food and great memories!

Billie Jo said...

Happy New Year!
Lovely Christmas Memories.
I adore Christmas, but like you, I am ready for the ordinary.

Gigi said...

Happy New Year, Beth! It looks like your family had a lovely Christmas!

Ernie said...

Coach and I did not make it to midnight on New Years. All the teens had plans and Curly was sad that we didn't have a party with friends and their kids. She misses the good ole days at the ripe age of 11. We had a good Christmas. No drama like last year. Thank goodness! Your pics are cute! Looks like a good day.

Mari said...

It does feel like Monday! Glad you had such a nice day. Our stuff is now down and packed away. We did it on Monday, and it's good to have things put away.

Madeline said...

I can't believe how grown up your kids look! So glad that you had a wonderful Christmas celebration. And I 100% agree, ordinary time is the best.

Busy Bee Suz said...

The kids look happy AND so grown up. I'm glad your Christmas was delightful!!! I've tried to leave comments on several of your posts only to be beaten down by the "prove your're not a robot" doesn't like me at all. Hopefully this one will get through