Hello there! It's been a long and wonderful weekend of celebrating with family and I'm finally just now getting a breather so that I can post about what's been going on. Christmas Eve, Brian and I met up with his sisters for dinner. My father-in-law was supposed to join us, but he wasn't feeling up to it. He's in his early 80's and not in good physical or mental health. Brian thought maybe we could go back to his dad's place to visit him and his oldest sister told him not to bother - that Dad would be sleeping. It's so sad and hard to see parents decline.
Christmas Day, we went to my sister's house where we joined her family, Mom, our cousin, and some friends of my sister's that have joined us on other holidays. Tim had to work on both Christmas Eve and Christmas, but before his shift on Christmas day, he drove out to my sister's house to be with us for 1-1/2 hours.
We exchanged gifts, stuffed our faces with appetizers and desserts, had some wine, and played Cards Against Humanity for hours.
Tim was finally able to come home in the afternoon on the 26th, so that's when the three of us had our own little quiet Christmas.
As most of you know, Tim's a photographer and one of the gifts he requested was this awesome professional tripod. He was very happy. It's even in his favorite colors - black and red. :-)
We ordered Chinese food and settled in with a movie - Samsara. Have you seen this movie? It's a non-narrative 2011 documentary that was filmed over five years in 25 countries around the world. The cinematography was mind-blowing.
Despite the ice storm going on today, we had two tiny ~ and very cute ~ visitors to our house. I dug out some old baby toys from storage, and Mr. Cutie Patootie was busy and happy the entire time they were here.
Oh, how I love squishy new babies!
The babes' mom, who is like a niece to me, is now married and lives in Canada, so I rarely get to see her. She's in town visiting her parents, so she and her husband, along with the two babies, came to visit us today. Loved holding a baby again - it's been so long.
Even though I'm glad Christmas is over ~ and I de-Christmas'd the house this afternoon ~ I am feeling blessed and content. And needing to go back to my regular healthy eating. :-)