Two weeks before Christmas we got SNOW! Lots of it. It was light and powdery, and no good for snowman making, but the kids had a blast. Tommy was too little to really go out in the snow last year, so this was his first time in a snowsuit playing. The snow was up to his waist, and he really couldn't move around too easily. Once we convinced him to stop taking off his gloves, he had a pretty good time.
Tori decided that slides and swings are even more fun in winter!
And then it was Christmas. This was the first year we stayed home. I was really kind of bummed about it at first-we have some local family that we always spend Christmas with, and we decided that a 3 hour round trip with the kids wasn't going to work this year. I told Wes we still needed to dress up and do Christmas dinner right. So, we did, and it was lovely. I made a turkey, prime rib, mashed potatoes, rutabagas, sweet potatoes, veggies, bread, stuffing, and a cheesecake. Needles to say we were eating leftovers for days!
The kids had fun--Tommy's old enough this year to understand the concept of presents, and we watched all the Christmas shows together--Hoops and Yoyo Ruin Christmas being the favorite of everyone (except Wes).
Wrapping each kid's presents in different wrapping paper makes life a million times easier.
Tablets for everyone. Totally cheap Droid tablets ($59 each) that will keep their grubby mitts off my Nexus.
Santa did not
have a goddamn clue appreciate quite how large the playhouse was going to be--it is two rooms and takes up almost the entire playroom.
We put on our Christmas dresses and had a lovely dinner.
It was a great day.
As we move into 2014, I'm feeling a bit inspired.
I lost another classmate last week--this time to a heart attack. And another close friend has cancer.
As Gru would say, "Light bulb."
I'd like to start doing a better job of appreciating what I have--of making better use of my time--paying more attention to Wes and the kids when I'm home and drawing a better line between work and family, and taking better care of myself in the process.