Friday, January 2, 2015

Christmas and New Year's Eve 2014

I survived my first Christmas as a working mother.  I didn't bake much, didn't finish my shopping until the weekend before Christmas, barely got cards out in time (at least I got them out!) and didn't finish wrapping until the 23rd, but I survived.  Actually, that was usually the case even when I wasn't working, so I guess it didn't make much difference.

It was my family's year to have us so we went to my one of my brother's and sister-in-law's house in Mount Vernon on Christmas Eve.  I actually had to work that day but got off around 1:00.  The girls had a blast playing with their 2nd cousins, as always.

On Christmas Day we did gifts and stockings with just the 4 of us, and later Paul's parents and sister, who was visiting from Colorado, came over.

Elsa and Barbie styling heads

Paul and I both had to work the next day so the girls went home with them and stayed there until Saturday and then we all met back up at some friends of theirs home for a gathering.  The girls and their Aunt Cheryl loved having extra time together and Paul and I got a rare date night and went to dinner at a new Thai place and saw the movie Unbroken.

For the 3rd year in a row some friends down the street whose daughter is one of the girls' best friends had a small New Year's Eve party at their house.  They play the east coast feed of the ball dropping (9:00 our time) so the kids can watch before going to bed.

Olivia, Savannah, Kayley

Happy New Year!

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