I know the holidays are not over for most, but for me, they are. My daughter headed home today; then we dismantled our crispy Christmas Tree. I’ve been missing in action from my blog for the last week because I wanted to soak up every family moment I could, and a lot was going on.
Time spent with my daughter is precious beyond words.
I love her Joie Mauro Metallic Jacquard Blouse. The soft blush shade is perfect for her delicate beauty, and so I’ll be scouring the holiday sales for one myself.
We gave a very special dinner party for one of my oldest, dearest girlfriends who I’d lost track of for several years. She’s also a family friend who has shared the ups and downs with us through some powerful times.
For this dinner party, we served several types of Champagne, heavy hor d’ oeuvres and a simple gluten-free pasta entree. After dinner, we women gravitated to my upstairs den to schmooze and talk about everything from new makeup trends to career paths. Heavy stuff indeed.
The following night we went to a dear friends house for a delicious crab feed, more champagne and knitting by the fire. My daughter finished the baby hat she was knitting, Champagne notwithstanding:)
The following day we headed to my son’s house. He was feeling weak from the flu, so we sent him to bed earlier than usual and the ladies took over. My daughter and I stayed up late into the night assembling a table and work bench for my grandson, which was a HUGE hit with him in the morning!
That’s us crawling around the garage floor trying to make sense of the 600+ parts it came in.
Christmas morning arrived very, very early…as it usually does when there are little ones involved.
I’ve always enjoyed seeing loved ones open what I’ve chosen for them. This year, my children’s gifts to me, made me cry.
My daughter made a picture book that captured the fun, high points of our family trip to Iceland last summer. The captions were hysterical and brought the whole trip back to life!
My son’s gift was a set of electric salt and pepper grinders. I adore cooking, but arthritis in my hands has gotten so painful I can’t open jars or use our regular salt and pepper mills. When I saw what he chose for me, I just lost it.
This is an emotional time of year for me for many reasons. I’m so grateful I could spend it with my loved ones.
Is this an emotional time of year for you too?
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