Wow, I've been trying to find the time/place to blog for over two weeks now, but it's been one nonstop whirlwind and I'm just barely able to catch my breath! Christmas/New Year's was great, the best we've had in years. It was small, intimate and lovely. My Mom decided that this year we would start a new tradition where each member of the family would pick one thing that they wanted to do together as a family. It was such a fun way to spend our time together. We all got to do what we wanted, and didn't go our seperate ways throughout the holiday, but stuck together and had a blast. Some of the things we did were drive around town to look at lights, have a fooseball tournament, watch The Christmas Story and play Balderdash. It was really nice. This was the first year in many years that we did presents, which is completely the opposite of what I had planned in my mind, but as Christmas drew near, that was how it went, and I have to admit, it was really wonderful. We all seemed to get/give some really thoughful/affordable/needed gifts. As a family, we really needed a good holiday, seems that so many stressful years in a row lead us to really appreciate eachother this season.
This is a pic of how it felt to be surrounded by family this season.
Everything seems good right now. Tim is still looking for another job, but the old one has not ended yet, so we have been able to make it through the New Year on stable ground. The barbershop has been BUSY!!! Which is always so nice. My Grandpa has had a couple of falls this last week, which has been sad/hard, but it is all a part of getting older. He is 88 now, and has been so strong all of his life. I think his body is just tired, which is understandable. He always says he never thought he'd live to be 21 (he is a WWII veteran) let alone 88! He is such a sweet man, and I love him so much, I hope he starts feeling better really soon.
I did put on a couple of pounds over the holiday, but I am truly OK with that. I've already started back into my regular routine, with a couple of good 2 mile walks, lots of water/veggies/whole grains and lean meats. I got a new smartphone for x-mas that doubles as an ipod, which is soooooo great for my walks. I have a couple of great radio apps uploaded that play lot's of my favorite tunes, which has made my recent walks so easy and wonderful. I love to rock out when I exercise!!! I have missed being regular on SP, and have missed my sparkfriends terrribly, and I am glad to be back in the "normal" swing of things. The barbershop was so incredibly busy this holiday season, and I was exhausted every night after work for about two weeks straight. Also I still do not have reliable internet at the house, so the majority of my sparktime is on my downtime at work, which there hasn't been much downtime to speak of, hence my inability to stay connected on here. I'm hoping to get regular internet soon, so I can get back into my sparky ways.
I rode with my husband up to Portland over New Years weekend. It was such a breathtaking drive! I loved it so much! I used my new phone to take pics out the window while we drove of all the pretty snow/trees. It was a great was to spend the weekend..........beat the heck out of staying home and missing the hubs!!!
Well lovely people, I hope your New Year is filled with wonderful surprises in health, wealth and happiness. My arms are open wide, sending HUGE HUGS from me to you!!!