Welcome back to regular life, folks! I guess I feel like I'm sort of eaaaaasing back into it - I was back at work today for a short two-day week, but with the holiday it should be pretty quiet. (Read: it might feel like the days are stretching on to infinity with no end in sight.) Nah, they actually shouldn't be too bad. In fact, sometimes it's nice to have the quiet days to catch up on things or organize files, etc.
Plus, I'd have to say, this 26th Christmas of mine probably ranks up there in my Top 3 Christmases. We were home at my parents for 5 days, my brother and his fiancee were there the whole time, and we even got to see some out of town family. It was busy with food prep, cooking, drinking champagne (rough life!), presents, and catching up - but extremely relaxing at the same time. Does it get much better than that? Let me tell you: no. No it does not. Here's something I was thinking: don't you think we should have a holiday similar to Christmas like every 3 months? I mean, it's just an idea...
Saturday morning we sneakily opened presents from out of town family...shhh... Oh, and I think I might make myself a t-shirt with that wine quote. Would that be weird? I feel like a might make a few friends if I did.
The first of the Christmas festivities were Saturday night, with my mom's side of the family. We had Grandma's ribs, potatoes, swedish meatballs, green beans, and dessert. My Grandpa passed away last January so we didn't get together as a full group last year at Christmastime. It was fun for all of us to get together at Grandma's house this year.
My cool parents:
Brother (Ward) + future sister-in-law (Alyssa):
Our second night of Christmas festivities was spent with Parker's grandparents. They drive to see us so we celebrate in their hotel room on the night they come to visit. We had sandwiches + wild rice soup, opened presents, and played cards.
Just a few views of Christmas prep: (Yes, that is my brother's GoPro in action...)
Our third, and final night, of Christmas festivities was spent at my parents' house at the lake with my parents, brother + Alyssa, and Grandma. It was our first year with 6 stockings hung - Alyssa will officially join the family next August so she thought it was pretty special to get her own stocking. All of us kids helped my mom cook throughout the day, then we enjoyed the evening over prime rib dinner, presents, and homemade Bailey's. Yes. Homemade :)
I think that my mom's table, china, and crystal is one of the most beautiful things ever...
I made the cookie trays. And by 'made', I mean put-together the cookie trays with all the goodies that everyone else made :)
I suppose it's probably time to get back to a normal routine now. For example, I should probably eat regular meals throughout the day that do not consist of cheese balls, chocolate, salty chex mix, or sweets of any sort. I should probably start exercising, too. I'll think about that tomorrow though, because it's already 5:45 pm so it's not like anything of that sort will be accomplished tonight. And tomorrow's Friday, so I'll probably just save that for Saturday actually.
Have fun getting back into your normal routine. I'd take tips on how to do this if you have any :)
I truly hope you all had a blessed Christmas!