Sleeping in, lingering over coffee, nowhere to be, all the kids home, a little reading, a little movie watching, snow falling gently making a beautiful picture postcard view out the front window. Yup, I could easily take this on permanently. But I'll take whatever I can get which is the rest of this week.
A wonderful Christmas was had by all at the Living to Tell household. It was the usual mayhem Christmas morning providing lots of laughs and smiles. Throw a puppy into the mix and it got crazy at times. Hubby and I always joke how it always takes us weeks to get it all ready and then it's over with in a half hour tornado. Done. But oh, so worth all the work. Love seeing the kids faces light up, and they still do even though they are 20, 18 and 16.
We hosted the Christmas Day dinner this year, the first time in 16 years. Up till now I always did Thanksgiving and Christmas was at my sister's because T.'s birthday is Christmas day and when she was little I just didn't want to be stressed and occupied on her birthday. But this year we figured it was our turn. After cooking it this year though, Hubby and I made a decision that if we host Christmas Day dinner again we are NOT making turkey. While the meal met with rave reviews, it was just too much work. Hubby and I spent hours in the kitchen with cooking, dishes, carving, etc. Everyone else was enjoying themselves in the living room and we really felt that the day passed us by. So next time it will definitely be something much simpler. Still special, but simpler.
The annual Christmas Eve picture in front of the fireplace with the stockings, this year with crazy puppy trying to chew everything.
Speaking of puppy, we've finally decided on a name. He came with Bear and that just didn't sit with any of us. So the name hunt was on. As is usual when you get 5 people trying to make a decision we couldn't come to a consensus. That is until we thought of Todd. Todd was the little fox in one of my favorite Disney movies of all time, the Fox and the Hound. And this little guy reminds us of him, so Todd it is. He's already answering to it. He certainly is a rambunctious little guy. I'd forgotten what the puppy stage was like. And our poor Sam was so lacking any energy in the last 6 months of his life that this is quite a shock. But Todd is lots of fun and we're enjoying it.
Today is my last day to be 49. Tomorrow I start a whole new half century. Holy moly. How did that happen? Anyway, I'm going to enjoy every minute of it. I'll never be 49 again. We might even go see Tron or the new Narnia movie. Anyone see either of those yet?
Well, the family is calling. Time for my quiet morning coffee to be done. How was your Christmas?