I'm SO behind in blogging. December. Oh December.
December hit us from all sides. I've kind of been thrown into a tail spin and just now am starting to get my wits about me again.
So to get this down for personal family history sake I will have to keep it to more concise bullet points, and any emotion or extra elaboration will have to come later...if I'm feeling up to it.
Just before December we went downtown to the Frog Pond and had a nice (and cold) evening of ice skating.
The girls loved it and Justin was in his element once again. I don't love ice skating that much any more, but I do love that they love it. I did my duty and went a few times around with each girl, then my ankle was shot and I was done! I love that we were in beautiful downtown Boston enjoying the wonderful wintertime festivities!
We followed it up with mint hot coco and a great mexican restaurant with new friends.
Dec 1st we got our Christmas tree
I wanted to chop our own tree down this year, but it just wasn't going to happen.
Dec 3rd we got an eviction notice in the mail from our rental company, as they will be tearing down our entire street to rebuild luxury town-homes.
They gave us until January 1st to be out the the house.....
I'll let you stew on that for a moment.....
Merry Christmas. Yea right.
Dec 4th we confirmed that Justin would most likely be getting laid off in Feb or March from his job.
Stew some more....
Merry, Merry Christmas. Hardly.
Dec 15th the girls met Santa
Dec 17th we celebrated Justin's Birthday...as much as someone can when they are freaking out about the future and money and insurance and the kids school and, and, and, and.....
Luckily, Justin isn't that into big social birthday celebrations so he wasn't disappointed when I had to bag all the fun ideas I had for his birthday due to money and stress.
We celebrated at home with some homemade Boston Creme Pie cupcakes instead. Hardly something to be disappointed with! :)
I think he was just fine with that.
I made him this shirt. And by "made him", I mean saw it on-line somewhere but couldn't find the place that sold it so I redesigned it my way and had it printed at some shop.
It's pretty rockin'. Pun intended.
Dec 18th Sage had surgery on her adenoids and tubes put in her ears. She was so positive and brave through the entire thing. I was so proud of her. She is one awesome girl!
Somewhere between Dec 1st-24th we made buche de noel's, sugar cookies, my famous licorice toffee, peppermint patties, lollipops, and many many other delicious treats!
Dec 24th was Christmas Eve of course.
We spent it with friends. We put on our own personal chimes concert with the kids. They did surprisingly well! What a fun and relaxing night! Normally on Christmas Eve I put together a huge fondu spread. I just wasn't feeling it this year. So I let the tradition go this once and we had Chinese Take-Out.
We were all very excited about Christmas. Christmas is so much fun with kids!!!
Dec 25th Christmas. It was quiet and simple. Though we missed the rest of our family and all the sounds, foods, and sights that go along with having them to celebrate with, it was nice in it's own way to just be us. With just the 5 of us we are reminded of the joys in the small and simple things. It helped me to envision the future Christmases we will have as our family gets older and our girls bring boyfriends, then husbands and then children and grandchildren to our home. I can't wait for all the years to come! I love my little family!
Dec 27th I left Justin with the kids and went out to Utah for my sisters wedding.
It was fun to have an excuse to get dressed up and even better to see all of my siblings in one place at one time! It was so fun goofing off with them and being the crazy family that we are. I've got some awesome brothers and sisters! We're excited that Brandon is the newest brother in the fam!
I enjoyed the short time in Utah with my mom and sister as well as some of my best girl friends on this earth!
Dec 30th I got back into town. Technically we were supposed to be out of our house two days later....
But I'll get to that.
Though December took my brain and shook it up a bit (ok, a whole lot) we still managed to enjoy the month.
I have an amazing family. I love them beyond words.
So from the Marshall's, though it's quite belated....
I hope your lives are as full of love as ours is!