Happy New Year!posted by Andrea | 01/2/2013
First things first though… I know I’m biased, but isn’t this just the cutest picture ever?
Today I’m sharing a little recap of the past 2 weeks… but tomorrow it’s back to simplifying and organizing!
We had 5 Christmas parties this month and a few more “casual” events — so yeah, we were busy partying away 🙂
Fortunately, our two immediate-family parties were the only parties where we exchanged gifts — and I’m grateful that none of our parents or siblings went over-board with gifts for Nora. The “damage” was minimal and she absolutely loves her new toys and books.
Dave and I don’t really do gifts — we never have — so my “gift” this Christmas was that Nora not only took a nap on Christmas Day (a rare event in itself), but she also fell asleep on my lap (which hasn’t happened since she was a tiny infant!) I’ll take that over a tangible gift any day.
I guess all the parties finally wore her out!
I love a good project — especially if it’s a quick project that can be tackled in an hour or two. Here are some of the projects we worked on during our “vacation”
- Decluttered and reorganized all our wrapping supplies (I’m blogging about this tomorrow).
- Decluttered and reorganized all our holiday decorations — as well as a general basement cleaning (I’m blogging about this next week).
- Made lots of homemade applesauce (I’m blogging about this on Friday).
- Cleaned out our office closet and we’re in the process of turning it into a little play area for Nora (more on this in a couple weeks).
- We went through our closet, Nora’s closet, and the laundry room and purged any clothing we didn’t want, need, use, love. (this is a continual process by-the-way!)
This might sound like a lot of projects… but please don’t think I “slaved away” the entire Christmas break. Each of these projects were quick little things that only took an hour or two. Plus, I LOVE doing projects — especially when Dave is around to watch Nora or help me when needed.
Even though Dave and I spent some of our Christmas vacation working and trying to “get ahead”, we still definitely made time for fun.
We used a few gift cards to go out for lunch/dinner a couple times, slept in as long as Nora let us, hung out with family and friends, played in the snow, and basically just relaxed as much as possible.
We also watched a bunch of our favorite Christmas movies:
- Christmas Vacation
- Polar Express
- A Christmas Story
- 4 Christmases
Knowing us, we probably won’t watch another movie until next Christmas rolls around!
My sister and her husband stayed with us for 2 long weekends — which was actually really nice because they played with Nora and kept her occupied so Dave and I could get stuff done — and even go out on a couple dates!
Dave read books and played on the iPad with Nora for many, many hours… and I’m certain she’s still not sick of hearing the same stories and watching the same Curious George episodes over and over again!
Obviously, the time went way too fast — it always does — however, I’m extremely thankful I was able to take a two-week break.
I’m looking forward to another New Year, a fresh start, a new beginning. I have a bunch of ideas, recipes, projects, giveaways, and tips to share with you in the next few weeks… so get ready to get organized!