1. We did Christmas Eve with my family. There were tons of yummy brunch foods (which turned into this amazing sandwich on Christmas morning) and lots of noisy kids and toys. We finished off the evening with church and a surprisingly stressful trip to the Chinese buffet near our house. Wiley was just NOT having it. Our kids are always great at restaurants, so it was really surprising and frustrating.
2. Christmas Day we stayed home and just enjoyed time as a family (plus Jeron’s cousin, who we love). We got the kids mostly art supplies because we have tons of toys already, so they had fun doing crafts and projects and watching a few movies that day. Lola and I tried our hand at needle felting, but I didn’t know that I needed to have a foam mat to do it on. Any crafty types out there have a recommendation on one to get?
3. I bought these snowball makers for Lola for Christmas and they are insane! They work super well (at least in the right kind of snow) and were tons of fun on Christmas day. Highly recommended.
4. The day after Christmas we went to Jeron’s parent’s house. We do a sleepover there so we can spend more time without having to get home for bedtime. It was fun to play games and visit with everybody.
5. Did you do anything fun for New Year’s? I have zero interest in the holiday and stayed home with the kids while Jeron walked over to the neighbor’s party. We hosted our annual music party the following evening, so I’m glad I didn’t have to stay up late two nights in a row. I bought these preserves for the cheese tray and OMG. So good I want to eat it on everything (and I kind of have).
6. This past week I got the ball rolling on a new project that I’m super excited to share with you! I’m not ready to reveal much yet but it has been in the planning stages since last summer and I was finally able to get started on it now. I’m hoping to be able to work on it and keep up with blogging, but if I seem a little silent here just know that it’s because I’m working on something (hopesfully) amazing!
7. In food news, we’re kind of backing away from being vegetarians. Jeron has been diving in hard to the meat pool, while I’ve only been dipping my toes in here or there. I still have no desire to consume beef or pork (although I may have about two BLTs a year), and I don’t really like handling raw chicken, but sometimes you just want to eat some sesame chicken at the Chinese buffet, you know?!
8. I am so unbelievably heartbroken over Bjork and Lindsay’s loss of their son Afton. It feels so wrong that we should all get to go on having fun, eating food, and generally being happy when they are dealing with the unimaginable. Please keep them in your prayers. Bree put together a wonderful post on how to love those who are experiencing loss that I can say from first hand experience is very true.