It's been a month exactly since my last post.
I typically post on average about once a week
so it's been a long time.
I can't begin to tell you how crazy it's been the last month.
Here's a quick recap sprinkled with some holiday pictures.
Let's begin with the first of the month where my last post ended after Thanksgiving.
First off, let me just say that I LOVE my job, my career.
I really do...but the first couple of weeks
of December pushed that to the limits.
I can't tell you about it really (confidentiality laws) but
a crazy thing happened that consumed the first couple of weeks and I had to put other tasks at work on hold until that crazy thing was over.
I had the bright idea to put this old red sap bucket on my front door instead of a wreath. I loved it!
Unfortunately, every time my teenage son went in and out,
he would knock it around and a few times even knocked it off.
So, I had to take it down.
I replaced it with the pretty red wreath that lights up.
It comes with a timer so we could program it to come on
every evening at the same time and go off after a few hours.
So, anyway, back to work. After the crazy thing was over,
I had to work like a madwoman to complete everything else that needed to be done before I left for my two week winter break on Dec. 16. I managed to get most of it done
but had to bring a little bit home and finally finished it all up Saturday morning, Dec. 17.
There's our little Maisy peeking out the window.
This was her first Christmas and she couldn't figure out
what was going on.
That left me less than one week to decorate the house,
bake a gazillion things,
shop, shop, shop,
wrap, wrap and wrap.
Then, I had to clean, clean, clean and even finish up
a couple of little projects before cooking a big dinner because
my husband's family came to our house Christmas eve.
I got it all done...with the help of my husband and son.
We had a wonderful Christmas eve with my husband's family.
We had a wonderful Christmas morning at our house...
...and then spent the rest of Christmas day with my family.
It was really nice.
During all of this craziness this month, we decided we needed a new car. So, here and there when time allowed
(and sometimes when it didn't)
we visited dealerships and searched for a new car.
We don't have one yet but we think we've finally decided on the one we want. This week we'll start the negotiations and see if we can work a deal.
Oh, and if all this wasn't enough to keep us busy,
one of our chocolate labs, Bella, is sick.
We found a tumor in her throat.
Now, we are dealing with biopsies and lab reports.
Other than the huge lump in her throat,
she had no other symptoms.
Although we know it doesn't look good,
we're staying positive for now.
And finally, my son's birthday is the day after Christmas.
So, we had birthday preparations to think about as well.
We do something small, just the 3 of us, on his actual birthday. He can choose a party or
however he would like to celebrate on a later date.
He turned 15 yesterday.
I just can't believe that.
Hopefully, I can begin again with my somewhat weekly posts after New Year's and catch up on some of the posts I've missed from your blogs.