That date sounds almost ludicrous.
Seems like yesterday, I was waiting to party like it was 1999.
Now that has come and gone, many, many, many moons ago!
Then we had the “scare” that 2013 would never come to be at all. ;)
Oh, now come on, you didn't worry even a little bit?? Nah, me either.
So, how was your Christmas??
I hope wonderful.
Ours was really nice.
A little odd this year, but still nice.
We did things a little different this year.
Instead of heading over to my Grams on Christmas Eve, we had a family party in a convention hall on the 23rd.
We ate, played games, and exchanged gag gifts.
Lots of laughs with that!
As for the gag gift I brought, well, I’m sure many of you will remember Marie's post about the tampon angel.
Well, after seeing that, I emailed her and asked if I could steal the idea for my family’s gathering.
Being the sweetie that she is, of course, she said yes.
So, I came up with this…
Continuing on with theme I decided to also make a snowman to go along with the angel….
Yep, it sure is…
A Pad snowman!! Heehee!
You should have seen my Uncle Gary’s confused expression when he pulled it out of the gift bag. :)
Unfortunately I don't have any photos of him.
*Thanks for the inspiration, Marie!!
Brett had to work Christmas Eve and Christmas Day so we opened our present the night of the 23rd.
Now, I will admit it, I didn't like the idea of this at all.
I'm the type who wants to drag Christmas festivities out as long a possible.
Leave our activities till Christmas morning, but this year it couldn't be done. :(
He could've taken it off, but like he said, that would've taken a spot away from someone who still had little ones and needed to be home to see what Santa brought.
He’s right, our kids are grown, he never missed one when they were small.
I just don't like change.
I want things the way I am use to them. Hopefully next year they can be back to normal.
Christmas Eve day before Brett had to go to work, we headed over to Mom and Dad’s to eat lunch and open gifts with them and my Sister, BIL, and nieces.
This year included in with my sisters traditional gift card, I included one of my burlap bears.
She really isn't really into primitive, so I tried not to go too prim crazy with it. :)
He started out like this…
He is sitting next to a photo of Vicki and I when we were were young.
I’m the little one.
I always laugh about the fact that I use to hate that I was the younger sister, Now I’ll happily take it!!
He is one of my smaller burlap bears, jointed, straw stuffed, and I just couldn’t help myself…
I had to grubby him a wee bit more…
On Christmas morning, Kelsey came over and her, Kortney and I cooked breakfast.
Mitchell doesn't like breakfast food so that party pooper stayed in bed.
It felt like as soon as we finished up with that, it was time to head over to Mom and Dads for lunch.
And yes, incase you were wondering, I ate Again! :0
Then it was back home.
Kelsey and Kort laid around and watched Christmas movies while I cleaned up the house.
And yes, another admission of guilt, I did start taking down my Christmas decorations Christmas night!
To be honest, I always do. After all the activities are over, and since the kids are raised, to me, it feels as though Christmas is over.
So down it all comes, till next year.
Then came the SNOW!!!
And tons of it!
I don't think I can remember Southern IL with this much snow, ever. Especially not snow that has lasted as long as this has.
It started snowing Christmas night and it is still on the ground right now.
This never happens.
A couple of days later, More Snow!!
Lucy Loves the snow.
I do Not!
I’m on the porch. ;)
She is on the sidewalk in this photo.
Down in the grass it is even deeper, she cant really walk in it.
Instead she hops like a bunny. It is so cute!
It may be hard to believe but Wheezy loves the snow too.
We were afraid to let him down for too long because it was so dark outside, he has a tendency to blend into the night.
He wanted Down with Lucy!! :)
Since I really haven't been able to get out and do much, I have spent my time cleaning.
Well, that and watching TV.
Yes, I have had my share of lazy days.
But I’m actually shocked on how much I have gotten done in such a short amount of time.
I have done a little rearranging in the living room and bedroom, a little tweaking in the dining room and kitchen.
I have cleaned out kitchen cabinets, closets, and drawers.
What has been my secret for this burst of cleaning energy??
No seriously. I have been watching season 1 and 2 on Netflix.
I find myself watching an episode or two, then up and cleaning or clearing out some things.
That show is a Fabulous motivator!!
Brett likes when I watch it too, the house is so organized!!
As long as he doesn't have to watch with me, he’s all for it. :p
Here are some photo of the rearranging and tweaking I have done lately.
You might notice the difference, you might not.
But it’s there. :)
The biggest change is in the living room…
I moved the green cabinet to the corner and replaced it with the chair and table.
I also changed the wall decor.
In the dining room…
the biggest change is taking out the high back yellow chair and replacing it with a ladder, quilt, and firkins.
I also moved in the horse hooked rug and changed the items hanging on the side of the cupboard.
In my kitchen, I did a little tweaking to my counter.
And lastly, I did a small amount of tweaking to my breakfast nook.
I haven’t taken photos of my bedroom, yet.
Hopefully soon I’ll get around to that.
One more thing I wanted to share before signing off…
Up above I mention Marie’s tampon post on her blog.
Well, I was one of the first to guess what it was and for this fun knowledge I won this…
One of Maries wonderful creations.
An adorable snowman stocking.
Thank you so much, Marie!!
I adore him.
Well, that’s it from me for now.
I think I have babbled on long enough.
I’m so happy you decided to stop by for a visit.
It was so nice to get to chat with you.
Take Care and Talk Soon,