I finally felt like me again rolling into December. We got the news that Noah would not be sharing Christmas with us in North Carolina and that was really hard. Nora was pretty upset that she wouldn’t be able to go to Pennsylvania either. Life sucks like that sometimes, but we tried to make the best of it.
What happened in December besides Christmas?? Preparations for Christmas, mostly. We decorated the house and had Jason’s family over for a holiday party. It was really fun and we enjoyed hanging out with his siblings. We decided to play the white elephant gift exchange game and I think it turned out really well. It was pretty hilarious to see what people brought and ended up with at the end of the game. I got a HUGE box of chocolates!
Christmas morning went as planned; gifts, excitement and wrapping paper extravaganza. This is pretty much all Nora did after opening Grandma’s gift; a Leapster 2 with games.
Lorelei insisted I take a picture of her baby after pushing the baby around in her new stroller. Such a cutie (Lorelei, the baby is scary…).
Our sad tree. He was once glorious and then became something even the Grinch would leave behind. Next year we plan to go to the tree farm we found out about after we bought our tree and cut’er down ourselves! “It’s part of the experience.” -Christmas Vacation
Jason got me Lightroom 4, which explains the strange pictures and has prompted me to look into photography classes to learn to use my camera better. It is amazing and I’ve only watched five of the twelve “crash courses” that came with it. He also got me a mixer. I think I’m one of the last people I know to get one of these stand alone industrial machines, but better now than never because it totally rocks. Not just baking either, mashed potatoes, cream cheese crescents, I’m scared to try bread since that’s how I’ve killed the last two machines, but one day I’ll get up the courage.
We had a classic Christmas dinner with Grandma and Brobee.
Just before the new year we went to my mom’s to celebrate her birthday. My mom cut her hair, doesn’t she look great? The kids weren’t sure at first, especially Lorelei, but she assured them that she was the same Mamma. We had fun eating cupcakes and then went out to eat in Hendersonville at Outback. It’s nice of her to live in such a populated city for us to enjoy…after driving two hours. ;o)
A great ending to a good year for us. I am excited about what the new year will bring and hope you are too. Happy New Year!