Christmas 2013: Wrap Up

I'm feeling a strange pressure to wrap up various Christmas-y loose ends. Why? I guess it's the sunrise of a new year looming on the horizon (really? 2014?) acting as a heiny kick.

So without further ado…

We took photos for our Christmas cards and I never blogged about it. And by taking pictures I mean bullying my people into posing and stressing about where to set up the tripod on a cold December afternoon when there was football to watch.

Thankfully a nearby park offered a few choices.
We were going for whimsical and ended up awkward with a lamp growing out of Annelise's head.
There was also a lot of complaining along the way which was not, thankfully, documented on our final card.
We finally settled ourselves on a blanket (hey! I remembered a prop!) in front of a pond and snapped several, one of which ended up on our card.
Before collapsing in a heap of relief that our Christmas card photo session was over.

Until next year.
Moving along to Christmas Eve…

Annelise prepared food for Santa's reindeer.
None of our cookies were homemade (deal with it) but Santa nibbled just the same.
Christmas morning started with a flurry of excitement over a certain stocking.
It was filled with art supplies, lots of rainbow loom bands, a tiny microscope and sweet treats.

Then it was game on for opening gifts from under the tree.
Yes. That was a pink BB gun you saw.

And a camo metal detector.

We gave my dad a portable bluetooth speaker, Peggy a Scentsy warmer and a few scent bricks and a Nutribullet for them both.

We enjoyed egg and sausage muffins and bubble bread (not pictured) (I really did a poor job of documenting this year) (oh well) before getting ourselves together and heading over to my dad's house for lunch with Peggy's side of the family.

I took a few games in the hopes we might play something instead of just watching sports on TV.

Who am I kidding?

Scott and Annelise were good sports and played a few rounds of Spot It (love that game!) but that was it.
Annelise and Cole and Colin played basketball or football all afternoon in between eating breaks and everyone else was glued to some basketball game on TV. Oy!

Most of the days following Christmas were spent in in various forms of laziness, the only rule seeming to be was stay in your jammies all day.
Even if you get a sudden urge to go test out your new metal detector be sure to wear your #christmasjammies.
Which brings us to Saturday which found us taking a day trip out to the country (Waller) to see Scott's sister and brother.
Annelise was, of course, showered with more presents, one of which was a new Lego set.

Legos wait for no one, so she got down to business.
Which soon resulted in this.
We spent the day visiting and snacking and eating steaks and so forth.
Annelise jammed her finger playing football with Scott and Uncle Ron, but was still all smiles. Yogi tried to keep her spirits up as well.
It was a great day!

Our days are blurring together and we're only venturing out for sustenance and occasional and very selective interaction. Like church and Tex-Mex. 

Scott and I had a spontaneous date last night to the movies (American Hustle, quite good) and Steak and Shake (still not a fan). We want to see  Saving Mr. Banks (not sure Annelise could/should see it with us) and The Hobbit (I'm having a hard time committing to an almost three hour movie).

I've finished four (five?) books over the holidays (a whole post on books to come), which is either awesome or a testament to my general laziness (I might still be in my pjs and it's 10:15 the night after changing into them, you do the math).

And with that I think Christmas twenty-thirteen is all wrapped up.

How have your holidays been? Blurry and lazy like mine? Isn't it wonderful?


  1. I got HONY too! That book and a new Boden purse were my only requests and I was very happy on Christmas morning.

  2. Oh and we saw Saving Mr Banks today. Griffin is the same age as Annelise and it was his first PG-13 show. It was fine. Rated that way for the thematic alcoholism which I didn't mind Griffin seing. We discuss the dangers of alcoholism very openly so I think it was beneficial to see a character die from it.


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