Back to normal

Well, hello there! I hope you all had a merry Christmas or happy holidays, or happy whatever you celebrate. If you couldn’t tell by my lack of posting, December kind of kicked my ass this year. Between the shortened holiday season, a chaotic travel schedule for John, colds for everyone, and a whirlwind of holiday visitors, I haven’t had a lot of down time since the beginning of the month.

So what did we miss? We celebrated my birthday. I’d love to say I turned 27 in style, but instead I celebrated with pizza and diet Coke, which is pretty good in my book. John’s Dad visited the weekend before Christmas, and my parents were here all last week. It was so nice to see them, but it’s nice to have my quiet house back.

And of course, there was Christmas, the juggernaut of the month. A’s second Christmas was tons of fun. It was also the first Christmas John and I celebrated at our own house, so it was a very special milestone for us. A still doesn’t understand Christmas or Santa, but she still got excited when she saw her stocking and the presents. She went straight to them. What were the big hits this year? The Sesame Street cell phone, Elmo car keys, and the playhouse are getting the most play right now, but she also loves her new push toy and the Sesame Street foam floor puzzle she got.

Right now I’m in that “holiday hangover” stage, where I’m just trying to recover from the excitement and exhaustion. Honestly I’m ready for New Years to just get here so things can get completely back to normal, including regular posting.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

I love this time of year. It is hands down my absolute favorite time of year. I love everything about December. I love Christmas cookies. I love Christmas musics. I love holiday specials on TV. I love cooking for people and entertaining. I love fires in the fireplace. I love candy canes and peppermint anything. I love stockings, Santas, and reindeer. I even love the cold and snow (as long as it isn’t too much). I love getting Christmas cards. I love it all. All of it makes me feel warm and cozy and happy.

I do not like how busy it always is, though. I wrote about it last year, and my feelings towards how rushed the holidays feel, especially now as an adult, haven’t changed. This year is really bad since Thanksgiving was later and therefore the Christmas season is shorter. I’ve learned my lesson since years past and got started earlier this year. I finished getting all of A’s presence by Thanksgiving (I picked up her last stocking stuffer today). I ordered all our nephews’ and niece’s presents on Amazon and just had them shipped directly to their houses (last one done today). I have our Christmas cards addressed and ready to be mailed tomorrow. Our tree has been up since Thanksgiving day, and I decorated the outside of the house the first weekend of December. Really, the only thing that’s left is finishing up Christmas shopping for John. And enjoying the holiday, of course.

You could say I’m doing better at time management. Maybe I’m just getting wiser in my old(er) age (speaking of which my birthday is Wednesday! I love birthdays). I think a good part of it is there is little expectation this year. We are celebrating Christmas here, at our house (my parents are driving up to share it with us), so the chaos of Christmas Eve and Christmas won’t be there. We don’t have any place to be, and as sad as I am to not be home in Louisiana for Christmas, it is kind of nice to not have anywhere to be.

Unrelated but totally adorable: We got our first real snowfall a couple days ago. Here is a video of A reacting to snow.

Awesome soundtrack in the background courtesy of John.