Hi Everyone! I’m back from my Christmas travels to my daughter Julie’s house….and what a wonderful time we had. From the time Jory and Jesse picked Jenna and I up from the airport until Julie packed the kids in the car to take us back to the airport on Monday…..we truly had some great fun and family time together; a time I think we ALL needed and appreciated. We didn’t do anything outrageous….just spent time together and relaxed. We played games and watched movies….had some delicious food and talked, hugged and laughed a lot. We had no agenda, and I really like that. We kind of just flowed with each day as it came.
Jen and I babysat the night after we got in so that Julie and Chris, and Jory and Jesse could go out for a special dinner together. It was kind of a Christmas present to each other. They went into
Christmas Eve day was slotted for Aunt Jory’s traditional Gingerbread Cookie baking day with Bella; and this year Bastian wanted to be added to the mix (so to speak)….and what loyal and 'mostly' attentive helpers they were. I have been witness to several of Jory’s Gingerbread cookie days with Bella in the past, and I am always amazed at how beautifully she handles everything….especially the kids. This time was a joy to behold. She explained everything in detail, let the kids smell and sample everything, and was patient and loving throughout the whole event. And it WAS an event! One that Bella looks forward to with great excitement and anticipation. We all took pictures…even me with my new digital camera that Jenna got me for Xmas. I could wait to see what shots everyone else got, but I wouldn’t be able to post them now; so here’s a few that I took. (I’m still learning how to use my new toy.) Click on photos to enlarge.
Christmas morning was fun….and busy, with Bella and Bastian in the center of everything and making out like bandits…again. Alternating from the presents under the tree and the ones left by Santa by the fireplace, Bella and Bastian didn't know where to look first. Santa was very good to those two little ones. I only hope the cookies HE ate from the plate left by the fireplace helped him get through that very long and busy night. After ‘OOOing’ and ‘AHHing’ over all the gifts to everyone, we sat back to enjoy the day and have a wonderful dinner prepared by Julie, Chris, Jory and Jesse. I didn’t do a thing except reap the rewards. Delicious!! Of course there were things to put together, games to play, little bodies to hug and faces to kiss; so I was kept quite busy. Here’s a few more photos……
Considering there were several computers around….and in use most of the time; I’m amazed I didn’t touch a computer during my whole visit. Well, okay....I did manage to sneak a peek on my very last day there when I finally decided to check out my e-mail and my blog site, plus a few others. In the four+ years that I’ve been blogging, I don’t think I’ve EVER been away from a computer for that many days. It felt weird….but strangely good too. I knew things weren’t falling apart and piling up for me regarding work thanks to Denise, the Community Manager for BlogHer. She had my back and always does. Thank you Denise for some very relaxing and enjoyable family time.
All in all, it was a wonderful Christmas and great to be with my kids and truly enjoy each other. We all missed Joe, who had to work at the Police Department over the holidays. He always adds his own personal brand of humor to family get-togethers…he’s outrageous, but he sure knows how to make everyone laugh. Jen and I celebrated with Joe when we got back and exchanged presents. We even had his Xmas stocking hanging by the fireplace filled with goodies. Joe is such a traditionalist when it comes to those kind of things…..he loved it. Besides, he IS my baby boy.
So now…back to reality. I’m okay with that….I need my dose of daily structure. Here we are....looking at a New Year. I’m going with one of my oldest friends to her daughter’s house for New Year’s Eve for a night of games, goodies and goofing around. (Oh my poor diet has gone out the window. Hello New Year's resolution.) This will be my last hurrah! We’re having a good ‘ol sleepover. What a hoot!
I hope every one of you have a wonderful New Year…however you spend it. May 2010 be very good to all of you and bless you with health, love and happiness. Happy New Year dear friends and family….. Joy ~xo