Another one on the books. This year, despite the pandemic overhead, we were able to gather all together. 🎄❤️
Eve and I decided to host a cookie party this year. We decided many weeks ago, before the Covid case numbers started skyrocketing again. I did lots of internal debating and talking withy friends (who were they party guests!) and decided to proceed anyway. Everyone is vaxxed and boosted, so I’m hoping for the best!!
We had a really nice time. There were none moms and eleven kids, mostly teenagers but two younger ones as well. We had a lovely time and everyone left after about two hours. (Because I set the end time in the invite! )
This year Christmas decorating has taken a little longer than usual. We went on Friday afternoon to get a tree because Alan was here that day. When we got home everyone was tired from school and tree getting, so we just put it in the stand and left it. On Saturday all three kids had plans, which even overlapped by two hours so I had a little time home alone! :) I wrapped some presents, got out the Christmas decorations, put up some house decorations, and put the lights on the tree. This morning the boys put lights on the big tree outside while Eve decorated the porch (and I dealt with a broken water heater). This evening we were all finally together and ready to decorate the tree. You know the meme format “Tell me you have ____ without telling me you have ___.” Tell me you have teenagers without telling me you have teenagers. We decorated the tree at 9:00pm and no one is even remotely ready for bed. Myself included!
Tomorrow hopefully a plumber will come fix the water heater and maybe I’ll even get a few errands done as well. 🎄🎁
Merry Christmas! We did it. Christmas in a pandemic, divorce, foster care lifestyle. For the most part, everyone had fun! The pictures are a bit limited (due to the third item above), but here are a few.
It was different this year, for sure, and I missed the Collier family like crazy, but with the extra kids around we all did ok. :)
Here’s to a happy, healthy, family-filled 2021!!
Christmas this year will be very different, for many reasons, but I’m determined to make it a great Christmas anyway. I am basking in the love I feel all around me, and the love I am able to share. Here are a few holiday memories we are making.
The house is warm and filled with goodies. The children are happy. The Alan is here for the day. The Tessa is at peace. This Christmas will be different, but it will be ok.
🎄 Merry Christmas to all of you and best wishes for a happy (Covid-free) 2021. 💖💖
I have the nicest friends in the world. In case anyone was wondering. I have been mostly out of school this whole week, going in just a little bit some days (foster care reasons) and each time I go in I find a new little note on my desk. ❤❤ Here are just a few of the sweet, supportive notes:
She said she might so Eve and I bought candy last week — just in case. :) Today she did and we had so much fun decorating it!
I have the best friends. Have I mentioned that already? :)
We are starting to feel a little Christmasy here.
Merry Christmas! This was somewhat a usual Christmas, but also felt somewhat unique as the kids are growing up and I realized I have more pictures of the pets than of the kids this year.
This year the kids each bought each other presents. Lex bought Eve a laptop so she could play Minecraft with him more easily. Previously she had been playing on my computer, which isn’t exactly a gaming machine. Now she’s got an awesome computer and they have been having fun playing together.
Eve got Lex a Settles of Catan expansion pack, and the promise to play the board game with him! :) I love that both presents involved playing with each other.
This year I was the first one awake (not counting Mema and Tom because no one can beat them!) and when the kids woke up I had to remind them about opening stockings! They were weirdly not eagerly awaiting present opening. Or they were, but they are now more mature about it and not jumping on the be at 6am in pure excitement. In fact, they laughed at me because I was the one eagerly bouncing with excitement while waiting for the whole family to arrive in the morning. :)
But don’t you worry, we opened those presents!
We also had phone calls with family from one coast to the other, and we did some Facetiming with Barney and Lorie.
The present theme this year turned out to be cozy clothes and board games. We all enjoyed several (hours long!) games of Catan, and many more (minutes long) games of Otrio! I’m eager to play Prime Climb soon too. We have a NYE game night planned and the kids are already picking out the games. I think all three of those games are on the agenda, along with Apples to Apples and Hearts.
Eve got a stuffy puppy to match our puppy stuffy.
Christmas dinner was lasagna, salad, and bread. I the first proper meal I’ve cooked in a long time. My friend and her boys came to join us again and brought a delicious chocolate cake with a drawing of Huxley on it. :)
The rest of my pictures are of Huxley. Imagine if this cool portrait mode setting had existed when my kids were babies. Sigh. At least I still have one kid who will smile, an adorable dog, and two beautiful sisters.
Merry Christmas to all of you. We have a lovely two week vacation from school this year, and we are enjoying every day of it. We went to an awesome theater yesterday to watch the latest Star Wars movie. It was a fun family outing. Today Alan ran some errands, but the rest of us snuggled in and avoided the winter storm. Tomorrow is NYE and we are excited to play games and eat Cheetos. Yep, that’s our family tradition. Bring in the new year!
PS. Hi Greg!!
We got our Christmas tree today. It is lovely.
The 2018 Christmas is officially on the books and a good time was had by all. This year Joyce was able to join us too! We did the usual: meals and presents and hanging out. It was great. Here are a few pictures. All of mine can be found in this Photos album.
On Christmas Eve we went out shopping and ended up hanging out with these hysterical alpaca llamas.
Christmas Eve dinner was tacos a la Joyce and Tom.
Santa came right on time.
On Christmas morning the kids woke us up at a very reasonable hour (a sure sign they’re growing up!). The Makey-Makey bedroom present was so good we had to drag Lex downstairs to open stockings! Then we all waited patiently while Mema and Tom went to church and Katie, Rosy, and Joyce got here.
Finally it was time for presents!!
For Christmas dinner we invited my friend and her two boys over. We all enjoyed lasagna, salad, and garlic bread. Yum!
Now we settle into the driftless middle days between Christmas and New Year’s Day. I’m loving every second of it! I’m on book five, with a substantial stack waiting in the wings. I’m eating all the candy (maybe that’s not so good) and just relaxing. Today we fed the fish at school (all still alive!), spent our Books-A-Million gift cards (add to that reading pile!) and Eve bought herself a few new fish. Tomorrow, we go back to doing nothing. Life is good. :)
We have nothing monumental going on these days, but lots of little holiday activities.
We’re doing lots of cookie baking. I keep trying to entice the kids with new cookie ideas, but they always want to original tried and true!
Lex had his winter concert earlier this week and impressed us all with not only his drumming skills, but also his ability to problem solve on the fly and keep cool under pressure (like when his amp isn’t working and then when it’s working TOO LOUD!) He was a problem solver and handled it like a pro!
We have two more days of school and we are all looking forward to vacation!!