one thing i have come to realize, especially with the recent loss of computers and pictures, is that this blog helps me remember and document our story. i often find myself looking through this blog to answer questions like, what did we do last christmas? or how old was andrew when...? or what did i make for dinner last month? it's our life on paper (or computer screen.)
and it's great that i get to share it with those of you that come by to read. so thanks.
i am once again recommitting to posting here regularly, and by regularly i mean 3 times a week. if i can do more i will but i am also aware that quality beats out quantity and that's what i'm aiming for, meaningful posts.
we did have a busy december and i wanted to recap in pictures and short description what our december 2013 looked like.
now if you are saying to yourself, christmas was so last year, you're right. but we still have our (artificial) christmas tree up so it's still the season at our house. at least until tomorrow.
so read on friends.
the pto held its annual holiday boutique where the kids get to go shopping for gifts for their families. it's a crazy two days but it's so much fun to see the kids picking out gifts for their parents, siblings and pets. especially the little ones who really just want to buy something for themselves. this is a great event.
my friend jennifer and i took a class at chez cherie again. this time it was all about holiday appetizers. these were simple, pretty and really good.
here's jen with her potato leek shooter. lots of great ideas at this class. looking forward to the next one.
we had a pot luck at our december pto meeting and someone brought in these gorgeous candies. did i mention i gained a few pounds over the holiday?
christmas cards were ordered at the beginning of the month and did not go in the mail until mid month. it takes a lot of time to stuff, address and seal each one. my dream is to handwrite each of the addresses with fancy lettering. i should start doing that now, right? i think this was one of my favorite cards ever.
school holiday parties before the break. it was nice to only have 2 to go to this year. not as much running around for me. loved the creative parties and seeing the kids hanging out with their friends.
we are lucky that bobby also gets time off during the holidays. we get to have breakfast at ihop and hang out together for two weeks.
we went to a christmas party with friends. we got to sing carols, sit by the fire and visit with people we haven't seen in a while. lovely.
the brockett christmas gathering is always a lot of fun. hanging out with grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and their kids (and soon to be new little cousin) is a highlight for sure.
we do elf on a shelf, sort of. the first year sam came to our house, the kids freaked and didn't want him around. last year they got used to him. and this year we kind of forgot about him. but every once in a while he would show up doing some silly things.
christmas eve meant a visit from santa at the grandparents' house, a tradition that we are restarting now that there are more little ones around. it was fun to see them sitting on his lap and answering his questions. looking forward to the tradition continuing.
then it was home for our christmas eve tradition; watching "love actually", enjoying a cocktail and waiting for santa to drop off the gifts.
christmas morning we were spoiled. no grinch can ever take away our christmas spirit.
mimosas and chocolate croissants for breakfast at our house...
tamales, rice and salad for dinner at my parents' house.
we love giving gifts in unique packaging. he really thought he was getting cereal from us. (we put a t-shirt and movie in the box).
the very next day jordan and i were off to arizona for the fiesta bowl parade, a story for another post.
new year's eve was spent at my parents' house playing cards.
then we went across the street to my brother's house for karaoke. i love that everyone participated, some consuming more drinks than others.
and some really getting into it. he has a history with karaoke and celine dion.
and that bring us back to 2014 with so many new memories to make and write about. thanks again for reading and sharing our story.