Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas Break: Day 9

I've got one kid sick (the girl) and the other working on a school project.  Today is a day for grading papers and getting myself organized.

PS - Have you looked at the random ads at the top?  Today I found this one:  Pet Euthanasia at Home .  I guess that's what I get for writing about my old dog!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Break: Day 8

We are in the middle of break, in the middle of holidays.  Christmas is over, and the gifts and decorations are still floating around the house.  New Year's Eve approaches.  We've baked lots of cookies, I've made the kids favorite foods, we've shopped and played and slept in.  In short, we've made the most of the break and are probably going to be ready to return to the routines of school and work.

I did not send out Christmas cards this year, a late decision made to save my enjoyment of family and holiday.  Thank you to all who sent us cards - we love getting them and reading them.

We had a really great Christmas, spending time with my parents and enjoying being together.  The kids got a trampoline from Santa, and we spent the better part of Christmas afternoon putting the thing together.  They also got some video games and other electronics, providing hours (days? weeks? months?) of entertainment.  I am thrilled with my iphone - a gift from my husband.  It is amazing the way technology has changed in the last decade.

I'm off.  I'm almost finished with a knitted blanket and with reading a book - two things that I have less time for now that I'm working full-time, but I made a point to make time for them this week.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Break: Day 1

It's been a great day so far, and I'm so thankful for this break from school.  Being at home all day with my kids feels like such a luxury!  We did some Christmas shopping (I think we are thankfully DONE) and I have dinner in the crockpot so the whole house smells yummy.  (Mexican Chicken Soup - a new recipe - I'll let you know how it turns out.)  I've been wrapping presents and watching movies and then (brace yourselves) cleaning.  I know.  The mind reels.  But ignoring housework for three months has consequences.