Sunday, December 29, 2013

Life: It Goes On - December 29

Hoping that those of you who celebrate Christmas all enjoyed yours!

Ours was a bit unusual this year as we worked around the kids' schedules and had our first Christmas without The Big Guy's mom. But we managed to fit in everyone, had a lot of fun, and took some time to remember Grandma. We were well and truly spoiled (as usual!), including the cats who may have been most excited about a pile of tissue paper.

There were some moments which I particularly enjoyed: the candlelight portion of the Christmas Eve service at the church I grew up in (especially when one member sings a verse of "Silent Night" in the original German), the five of us gathered around the table enjoying a Christmas Day brunch, and the chance to watch my son teach the teacher how to use his new iPad. My kids have learned so much from their grandpa over the years; it was fun to see Mini-him get a chance to give back a little.

Here's What I'm:

Listening To: Nothing at the moment - the kids are a work and BG is off to run errands. It is blissfully quiet.

Watching: We watched very little television this week that wasn't football or Christmas programming.

Reading: Finally finished my book for the War Through The Generations challenge and now I'm reading/listening to I Am Madame X and should finish both it and The Secret Garden in the next couple of days.

Making: Homemade tomato soup and ham for BG's family Christmas and french toast casserole and egg casseroles for our Christmas day brunch.

Planning: On upping the workouts in January and rethinking (NOT dieting) my eating. A date has been set for my nephew's wedding and I've set a weight loss goal for that. I'll soon be begging for delicious, healthy recipes!

Grateful for: My mom and sister-in-law for hosting our family get-togethers. It's a lot of work for both of them and we are all grateful to have a place to be together where we feel so welcome.

Loving: Ssshhh - don't tell anyone but I'm kind of loving Christmas being over. It's all a little overwhelming leading up to those couple of days and I'm looking forward to getting back into a routine.

Feeling: Blessed to have families we love so much. We sometimes take for granted families who, by and large, get along so well and are fun to be around. Christmas is a good reminder that we are very fortunate.

Thinking: Today will be all about getting those New Years cards written. Yeah, I totally decided I was not even going to try to get cards out before Christmas.

Looking forward to: Another short work week, a lot of football, and, hopefully, a lot of down time with some good books in the next week. What are you looking forward to?


  1. I'm secretly glad the holidays are just about over as well. I am sick of over eating and look forward to healthy eating once again. I'm feeling sluggish from carb-overload.

    Happy New Year

  2. New Year's Cards. That reminds me...I have a few of my own to send out. Hope it;s not too late. Happy 2014 to you and yours.

  3. Sounds like a cozy Christmas! I have been rethinking food and workout at my end too. It's so easy to get lazy that it isn't helping at all.

  4. I enjoyed your post--your Christmas sounds lovely, and the quiet afterward is blissful. Homemade tomato soup is such a treat--we ate gallons of it this fall when the tomatoes finally ripened, and there are lots of variations (orange, basil, etc.) to make it really special.

    Happy New Year!

  5. How is The Secret Garden? I have that on my list.

  6. Sounds like you had a beautiful holiday! I'm sad that it all happened so quickly but I'm a bit relieved the hustle is over too.

    Curious about the French toast casserole. I've never tried to make it that way before but I bet it's much easier!

  7. What a lovely post. Sounds like such a nice time with your family. Great photo.

    THANKS for sharing, and thanks for stopping by my Book Beginnings post.

    I hope you get to read the Wiley Cash book. My review is posted if you want a sneak peak. :)

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  8. I'm with Diane. I feel so sluggish. I haven't been eating all that poorly but my routine is off. Getting up at 8:30 instead of 4am means that my digestion is off. Way off. I am looking forward to getting a lot of reading in. I've not been feeling the reading bug lately but just recently, I've been feeling the need to get stuff read. It's a good feeling.

  9. Your Christmas sounds wonderful. I'm with you on being happy that it is over. We even put away the Christmas decorations today. I love the season and all of the time off of work, but I'll admit I am ready to settle back down into a more normal routine. In the meantime, football and books are definitely on my list of things to do this week!

  10. Sounds like a fabulous Christmas! Glad you and your family were together and enjoyed it :) Good luck with your goals this year and hope you have a Happy New Year's!

  11. Sounds like you had a great Christmas! You know, as much as I'm fanatical about Christmas, I don't get as sad when it's over as I used to. I must be growing up....I look forward to new beginnings in the new year. ;O)

    I saw you mention a song sung in German at the Christmas Eve service. Are you Lutheran? The reason I ask is because I was raised Baptist (not really practicing though...largely because I don't agree with their uber-conservative outlook), but converted to Lutheran when Reece was a baby. Me, the boys and my (ex) husband were baptized Lutheran in 2004. Of course, now that me and the ex are split, his mom probably says I forced him into it. haha! My kids will stay Lutheran though, unless they decide to change when they're adults, like I did.

    I have that book, I am Madame X. Haven't read it yet. Are you enjoying it?

    Wishing you all best wishes and lots of great books in the new year! I'm psyched that you're going to read Possession with us for TuesBookTalk. Yay!