|I really love this book-tree!|
Last week, we were able to have some friends over for dinner one evening. It was nice to be able to sit and catch up with them, over a delicious (and easy to prepare) meal.
We divided Christmas Eve day into more bite-size pieces... see, I'm trying to work on pacing. The morning was spent with Jeremy and my sister preparing a dish for the family lunch. Then, we spent a few hours with my extended family. We left early because the gift opening part of the get together was just too much for me... there are a lot of kids, which translated into a lot of noise and chaos. We spent a few hours taking it easy at home, and then we went to church with both sets of parents. It had been a full day, so we went home and crashed.
Christmas Day brought a different story... I woke up feeling miserable. I took my migraine/pain medicine before we even left the apartment. We spent the first part of the day with my immediate family (including siblings and my brother's twin girls), and the latter part of the day was spent with Jeremy's parents. Despite feeling drugged, I enjoyed myself. We each received some great gifts. But, we really enjoyed watching everyone open the gifts we got them, and simply spending time with our families.
The day after Christmas was another day of celebration. We went and spent time with my grandparents (on my mom's side). We had a good time - visiting, eating, and exchanging gifts. Jeremy and I left early, so that we could spend some time with his entire family (including his brother, sister-in-law, and nephew). It's so much fun watching kids open gifts and play with new toys. I was starting to have more trouble with my head, and the extra noise (from an excited almost 4 year old) and harsh lights made things worse. Again, we ended up going home and crashing, after a long day.
The following day, one of my best friends came over for a visit. We had a great time catching up, and re-living past adventures that we've had. It was so great to see her... to visit and laugh with her.
Overall, it was a SUCCESSFUL holiday week. Jeremy was (as usual) my biggest cheerleader, which really helped me to feel better about how I was doing with all of the added activity. I think we both enjoyed ourselves, but we're glad it's behind us for a little while.
I have some holiday photos that I want to get uploaded, but I haven't gotten to it yet. I'll see what I can do about getting them together and posting some here...