Starting my new job and having the holidays all at once had me so busy I couldn't see straight. My new job is great and keeps me very busy leaving the house at 7am and returning around 7pm makes for long work weeks and not a lot of expendable energy. It is very challenging and rewarding work though. Currently I'm caring for 2 infants. One little girl born in mid Sept and one little boy born in early August. They are fun and engaging but also a big handful. More on the trails of nannying later I should play catch up on the holidays.
Peter and I spent some time in Texas right before Christmas and had the usual goings on there. Merriment and good cheer was in abundance as well as silly string and deviled eggs. For the first time in nearly 10 years I got to spend Christmas Eve with my dad's mom, my Grandma Bessie. It was an excellent evening until we got home and I was sick. The holidays this year have been a little rough for me. I was sick on Thanksgiving too.
Peter and I did homemade Christmas this year which is what was filling my evenings and weekends the past few weeks. Everyone received baskets filled with our homespun treats. We made cranberry vinegar, apple cider mustard, spiced nuts, peppermint bark, and spicy pickled green beans. Whilst concocting this menagerie of goodies we failed to hatch a plan for how to transport all the jars to Texas. Thank goodness we flew Southwest with two free bags each we were able to package everything and get it safely there.
We also spent some time in Naperville with Peter's family on Christmas day. Again happy goings on there as well.
Tonight we are off to a 20's themed New Year's Eve party and our costumes are something to behold. I'm sure I'll have much to share come the new year.
Happy Early New Year to all!
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Our Thanksgiving was a HOOT! Unfortunately shortly after dinner was served I got a severe fever and had to spend most of the evening laid up in bed but everyone had a fantastic time without me. This year we deep fried a turkey.
Also I did force everyone to go around and say what they were thankful for. With 11 people it's kind of hard when you get to the end of that line as a good host of course I went first. I'll be back later in the week to share our anniversary exploits!
I had my wonderful husband (of two years TODAY) do all the heavy lifting. We also had a lovely fire going in the fire pit and many friends and family to help us enjoy it.
I hope you and yours all had as lovely a time on Thanksgiving as we did. It was nice to have some of our friends and family together but I also want to extend warm holiday wishes to everyone!