Friday, December 27, 2013

High Five for Friday

Hello all!  I hope everyone had an enjoyable Holiday!  It's crazy how all that hustle & bustle is suddenly over...but I'm not complaining. We had a great Christmas, but I'm ready for things to calm down a bit!

Here's just a few of my highlights from this week...
Winter Break:  I love breaks probably just as much as my kids do! I love not having to struggle with bed times, getting the girls up in the mornings, packing lunches & snacks, dealing with homework & rummaging through backpacks every night.  I love that we can go at our own pace for a while. Although, I'm sure I'll be ready to happily send them back in two weeks... I mean, you can have too much of a good thing. :-)

Grandma's Chocolate Cake:  The girls got to spend an afternoon with their Great Grandma just before Christmas learning how to make her famous cake. It was a special time for all involved...fantastic one-on-one time with each other doing something they all enjoy;  baking.   Priceless!  And yummy!

Wrapping Table:  As silly as it is, I was soo thrilled to have a designated space for wrapping gifts this year (clapping emoticon here)!!  Earlier this year we had our basement finished, & although its not huge by any means, I was especially excited for the extra space this year at Christmas time. I've always had all my holiday wrapping clutter all over the family room & would spend hours wrapping gifts on the floor.   Not this year!  I had a table that made for easy gift wrapping & could easily keep myself organized!Fabulous!!
Christmas:  Although hectic leading up to it, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day turned out great. We spent Christmas Eve with my Husband's family enjoying dinner out followed with dessert (Grandma's Chocolate Cake) & gifts at our house. Christmas Day we started the morning with just the four of us opening gifts. Then we were joined by my Mom, Step-Dad, & my Sister & her family for a quick gift opening session before we all head off to Grandma & Grandpa's house with all the extended family. All went very smoothly & Christmas 2013 was very enjoyable!!

Picture:  This is one of my favorite pictures from Christmas. It's of my Mom, my Sister, & I....the 3 "ie's". See this post if you have no idea what is talking about :-). We got my Mom to humor us with a picture because we all have the same sunglasses.   It's special because Mom actually let us do it (she does NOT like to have her picture taken), & I think it turned out to be a great photo!


That wraps up my week...how about you?  I hope you had some good High Five's this week!!  I'll be back next week with more posts...check back often! :-)

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