Hello everyone!!! Hope you all had a very happy, healthy holiday :-) I had planned this post a lot sooner but time got away from me so I will be wrapping up Christmas and New Year in a quick post.
We even cleaned up and put all the decorations away right after the New Year this year. Normally we leave it up until the weekend after, but the holidays were already tough this year so I just wanted to get it done early.
Here are a few more decorations that I had around our home. We hosted Christmas Eve and had a few people over and my dad came over to stay with us and spend the night. This lighted tree is pretty old. It was a gift to my mom and then she gave it to me. The lights still work and I put it up every year.
We had about 20 people total so our guest room was transformed with a few more tables ;-)
Kathleen helped do a lot of the decorating this year and we love snowmen so you could find them throughout the house :-) The one with the orange hat Kathleen made last year. Got a little smooshed from being packed away last year, lol... but we still put him out.
We set up a small train display and Kathleen loves rearranging it. The cats spend a lot of time there too, however they are not helpful and usually knock most of the things over, lol.
We made up gift bags for the families who came over that evening. Just a little something to spread Christmas cheer.
The girls got festive for the last week of school and Hayley used some spray on hair dye one day. Still slightly lingering in her hair which I'm not a fan of... but I let her do it for a day in fun. She has such pretty natural highlights as it is....
Elvis was a big helper/supervisor a few days before Christmas when we were making cookies. :-) Not sure many of them really made it to Christmas Eve.... they were so good!
Kathleen having some fun with her friend Emma :-)
Vada, Mycah, Mylana, Emma and Kathleen wrapping from the back left to the front left :-)
Mikey and Holly.
Hayley, Courtney, Kyle, Michael and Merick
Holly, Mike, Jerry, Ed, Cameron and my dad :-)
Hayley and her friend Courtney
Hayley and her friend Ana.
I had a lighted snowman candle by my mom and dad's picture. I was missing her so much. Lots of tears this holiday season.....
We had Christmas music playing all day on the TV. Was neat to read the little bits of facts and history too.
My dad and Hayley :-)
Hayley and Kyle.
On Christmas Eve it's always been a tradition to have blackberry wine so dad, Jerry and I toasted to my mom in heaven and in the hopes for a better year ahead.
The girls got umbrellas from a friend of ours and they were so adorable just had to share!
I was able to get in a little reading later on Christmas day. If you notice to the left I received another beautiful orchid and this was from Hayley's friend Kyle. So very sweet. We had gotten more sad news right before Christmas that my Uncle Steve passed away. Then before the new year Jerry's cousin Denise passed away unexpectedly, only 53! A very hard year for our family.
This New Years Eve was the first we spent with just the 4 of us in awhile. We needed time as a family to just reflect upon the past year and to relax and unwind. Jerry made chicken wings and Kathleen was enjoying hers with a cup of cocoa. We had a nice night together as a family.
Wishing you all a very happy, healthy New Year!!!! Lots to come in the upcoming year.