Christmas 2010

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It’s hard to believe that Christmas is over already.  I hope each of you had a wonderful Christmas.  I’ll admit that I was in a bit of a funk on Christmas Day, but I still enjoyed being with my family and {insert drum roll} taking photos of our kids’ first while Christmas ever.  That sort of thing just doesn’t happen in the South.  I couldn’t help but think of this all day:

We knew there was a good chance that there would be snow, so we visited Brian’s family the Thursday before Christmas rather than chance not being able to get to their house on Christmas Day, so, for the first time in 19 years of marriage, we spent all day Christmas Day at home, just us and the kids.  I have to admit, I got kind of bored and it really didn’t quite feel like Christmas.  And, of course, the kids didn’t sleep any later despite the fact that we had nowhere to go.

Unfortunately, Brianna caught whatever Josh and Megan had last weekend and it hit her full-force on Christmas Day.  So, she spent her entire first white Christmas ever in the bed all day.  Poor kid.  I got some great pictures of Josh and Megan enjoying the snow, though.


Getting ready to pelt Dad with snowballs (can you see the mischievous glint in Josh’s eye?):


The neighbors were kind enough to lend the kids their sled so that they could enjoy their first sled rides (I love Megan’s technique):


Thankfully, the roads cleared up for us – well, the four of us who weren’t sick (yes, we deserted Brianna – she didn’t care; she just wanted to sleep) – to enjoy a few hours of our annual after-Christmas shopping.  We don’t get up early for that like most people, so we enjoyed a leisurely morning since church was canceled and breakfast at home before deciding that the roads were clear enough to venture out yesterday afternoon.

It was a great day for shopping since the snow seemed to have kept a lot of people in and the stores weren’t crowded.  We only had one exchange and I got some wrapping paper (really pretty wrapping paper, as a matter of fact) and name tags for next year, along with a few goodies for my kitchen (one of my favorite after-Christmas splurges).

The big excitement of the day was that Megan got her ears pierced!  She picked out some really cute studs (way back in the ancient days when I got my ears pierced all you could choose were the gold studs; she got cute flower earrings with lots of different colors) and she didn’t cry.  She thought about it for a second, but there were too many people watching.

All in all, we enjoyed a really nice Christmas together.  I hope you and your family did as well.  Now, to get started on lesson plans.  *sigh*

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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.

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  1. The white Christmas was pretty awesome, wasn't it!

    And I'm in the same lesson-planning boat. Hope to make some progress on that today.

  2. Wow! You have more snow then we do. It's cold here but not a lot of snow. I am so glad you all enjoyed it. Just curious though. Where do you get hats and winter coats if you don't get snow. This may seem like a weird question to you but I have often wondered.

  3. Ina,

    It still gets cold here, even though we don't usually get much snow. Temperatures in the 20's and 30's are not uncommon in the South in the winter, so the gear for cold weather is available in stores and we all have heavy winter coats.

    Hope that answers your question!

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