Happy New Year + Our Christmas Break

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

We started 2017 off with all the necessities...pork, collard greens, cabbage and hoppin johns...health, wealth and luck...with a side of cheesy potatoes. I always make this meal on New Year's Day and we have my whole family out for lunch to start the new year off together. I always try and do a little bit of everything love and want to see the coming year hold, so I usually spend time with my family, cook for them, get a weight workout and a run in, read a little bit and mostly, just hang out with the people I love. This new year got off to a great start including a little bit of all of those things and then some. 


I wanted to share a bit of what we were up to over the Christmas break. With Juston working for a college, he always gets the two weeks of Christmas and New Year's off and we get so spoiled having him home every day. This year was no exception. We always have the best time doing a whole lot of nothing. But we did manage a few necessary holiday activities. 


Caroline was the best little assistant for all of the cooking and baking that we did over the holidays. I was off my game this year and didn't do the big sweet baking day to package and deliver to all the neighbors. We have had so much going on that time just got away from me. I still haven't finished addressing and mailing my Christmas cards...I guess they'll be more like Valentine's Day cards this year...oops. 


The kids got some gifts in the mail from our sweet friends who we weren't going to get to see over the holidays. Caroline got so excited to open everything and Carter got so excited to try to eat the paper she'd throw down. 


My parents got Caroline an Easy Bake Oven for Christmas, so of course we had to make the cookies that came with it. Side note: I remember thinking the cakes my easy bake over made were the best things ever...why are the coming with mouse sized cookies now? Those things were almost impossible to roll into balls...half the dough stuck to my fingers but Caroline loved them. 


Carter did not want to be left out of all the action in the kitchen, so he hung out at the play kitchen a lot. This is one of his favorite things to pull up on, particularly early in the morning, when everyone else is trying to sleep and he can sling the pots and utensils plum across the kitchen. 


It's so hard to hold a sleeping baby and not want to nod off yourself. Juston didn't try to fight the urge, he just went with it. 


This man is a gem...he showed up with flowers (purple by request) and a box of chocolates to take Caroline to a movie date. They did the same thing before and she gets the biggest kick out of it. They went to see Sing. Juston said it was cute, but a little too old for Caroline. I'm not going to lie, I'm a little jealous, I really want to see it ha!


This sweet girl was over the moon that she got to see her cousins and play with them every day while they were out of school. She'll be lost with them going back today. They are so close even though my sister's kids are so much older. She tells me all the time that they are her sisters/brother. 


This is so terrible, but with all the traveling we did in December, we didn't make a single Advent church service and aside from Easter, those are always my favorite services of the whole year, so I was determined that we were going to make the New Year's Day service and we did. Juston even went, too. He usually uses church time to go hunt, but I was glad to have him with us.

We didn't do a thing for New Year's Eve, in fact, I was the only one to see the new year in at midnight and watch the ball drop. My husband is many things, but a night owl isn't one of them. I haven't really thought about my goals for this new year yet, I'm still trying to get caught up on 2016 ;) But I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday break. I don't know about y'all, but I am so ready to be back on a normal schedule, a normal healthier diet and back into the swing of my exercise routine. I only managed about five workouts the whole month of December and I am feeling it. Juston and I are doing the Cooper River Bridge run in a few months, so I need to hop back on my wagon...has anyone seen it?










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