I took a little blogging break during that magical week between Christmas and New Year’s. Mr. M had the whole week off work, which was a DREAM! 🙂
I squeezed in some writing on my books – mostly while I held Ellie when she was napping. Any spare time I had, I was writing and editing my books. I am learning all I can about publishing – and so that takes up a huge amount of my free time (haha, what’s that?!)
Still, we managed to do a lot of fun stuff over the Christmas break.
We went to a fabulous party on New Year’s Day at our friends’ house up in Montecito (I didn’t take pictures). We’ve spent every New Year’s Day up there for the past few years – and it’s always a great way to ring in the New Year!
New Year’s Eve was Mr. M’s birthday! We started off the day opening presents:
I did pretty well this year with Mr. M’s presents – some years are better than others, and this year I really tried to be thoughtful. It’s hard when your birthday is so close to Christmas – the presents can kind of get lumped together. He had a present to open from everyone (even Ellie) – so that was fun!
Ellie (11 months) was so excited to celebrate her daddy’s birthday! She is excited about pretty much everything, though. Ha! She is all joy:
We spent New Year’s Eve (Mr. M’s birthday) at the park with the girls. I had planned for us to go to Adventure City, but everyone wanted to stay close to home – so that’s what we did!
Playing at the park:
Paprika fed the ducks at the pond – and she made friends with all of them. She is a true Hufflepuff – just like her shirt says! 🙂
After the park, we came home and made a big feast of all of Mr. M’s favorite foods.
Violet with the ketchup (she helped set the table):
Then we had three kinds of birthday cake! We had Carrot Cake (Mr. M’s favorite), Chocolate Ganache, and Cheesecake. It was a fun way to celebrate his birthday and New Year’s Eve. And, we all stayed up until after midnight (of course)!
Whenever Mr. M is home, I try to spend special one-on-one time with the girls. They love it SO much – so I try to make it a big priority.
One time I took Paprika to the mall for a date. We ate at Islands, her favorite restaurant:
Then, we went to Macy’s where she tried on every hat in the store. 🙂
I took Ginger (6) to Barnes and Noble one night. We had dessert and then we read books.
She always ends up loving a whole stack of books, and wants me to buy them all. Instead, I take pictures of her with each of the books she wants to buy. Then, we come home and order the books online from the library. It makes her happy – and helps her feel in control of the situation. Plus, it teaches her about money and budgeting.
Ginger with one of the books she wanted to buy:
We went to the Library a few times last week.
This was one of the times I took Paprika on a “date” to the library. We read books together and then we went and got a cookie at McDonald’s afterwards. Sometimes I think it’s these simple things that strengthen our relationship the most. The big stuff is good, too. But sometimes the little things can be just as special:
I took Violet (4) and Ellie (11 months) for a long walk to the library one day – and then the rest of the family met up with us later. Violet is so curious and sweet. I love our long walks where she tells me everything she’s thinking – trust me, she thinks of everything!:
Ellie at the library. I realize pretty soon she’ll need to start wearing shoes. 🙂 She just started crawling (on Christmas Day)!
Yesterday, we went to a surprise birthday party for our friend, Sam! It felt like the perfect cap to our Christmas Break, since Mr. M went back to work today – and we are back to our regular homeschool/activity routine. We hadn’t seen our friends in a month, since December was so busy. First, we were sick – then they went out of town for Christmas. So, it was great catching up!
So, that’s the recap on the magical week between Christmas and New Year’s! It felt so relaxing and nice to just be mellow – and not rush or worry about the past or the future. I also didn’t take many pictures – I felt so in the moment.
I hope to keep that feeling going into 2016. I have so many goals and things I want to do – and I also want to enjoy what’s in front of me and not rush. It’s a balance, and one I’m working on this year!
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