December is always a busy time but this year it went full-tilt. There were a few unpleasantries, but that's the way life is sometimes. There was also my birthday, and then Christmas and ho look at that....New year's is almost here already!
In their natural order, let's talk about my bday first. It was a pretty good day with some dark overtones. We had just found out that my father-in-law was in the hospital and would be having heart surgery, which was originally scheduled for my birthday. It was postponed to the following Monday and went very well. In fact, as I write this he's been home in PA for a few days and is getting stronger every day! Despite Brian's state of mind he still gave me a really great birthday! I got a pedicure at a new place which will be a favorite from now on, we got to enjoy lunch out sans children AND see a movie in theaters that didn't feature cartoons or talking penguins. And he gave me a beautiful new red winter coat. Can't wait to make a scarf to go with it!
Christmas Eve found us at home, him working on the next day's desserts and me wrapping. Wrapping all day. ALLLLL day. Usually I don't mind doing the family gifts on Christmas Eve, this year it was stressful and there was a lot of "What the hell was I thinking??" That and weaving of ends and sewing buttons on Christmas gifts. Hopefully next year will be better for that. We have a tradition of going and looking at people's light displays on Christmas Eve and our town didn't disappoint. They had a contest for residents in the weeks before and published the addresses of the winners. It's a lot more fun when you're guaranteed some pretty displays! After that it was popcorn and a movie until it was time to wake up for Santa the next day. We spent the day at my brother's house, while the older cousins played and I got to snuggle my baby nephew.
Then.....Legoland!!!! We'd given the boys a trip to the new Boston Legoland Discovery Center for Christmas, and they loved it. Everyone had a great time. I took pictures but they're all pretty blurry. That's because the kids were frenzied most of the time they were there...hopped up on plastic building bricks.
We can talk about my knitted Christmas gifts a little later. :)