Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Random Christmas Pictures/Talk

Whew... we have been busy busy busy but we have been having a lot of fun around here! I think so anyway! :) I have taken a break from crafting and really focusing on spending time with the boys and/or getting everything ready for Christmas.

I thought I would share some pictures of a little of what we have been up to. They are all Instagram pics from my phone so the quality of the picture is not that great. I don't want to take the time to pull pictures off of my camera! :)

Carver's School Party

 ICE Merry Madagascar.

Walked through Opryland Hotel to see the lights.

Lots of shopping makes for a tired Angry Pig!

Carver's Gingerbread House.

Carver's letter to Santa after touching his elf, Frisbee.

Nerf gun wars with Daddy and Mommy!

Now starts the random talk... just warning you! :)

We usually go to my parents house on Christmas Day for lunch. As hard as it was to 'break away'... this year... we are going to be staying at home. I am really excited about starting a, hopefully, new tradition in my own home. One where Carver wakes up and can play with his new toys all day and we don't have to leave the house or change out of our pajamas if we don't have to. This year we are having a church service on Christmas so we will be attending that. Instead of going to my parents afterwards, we will be coming home. I love my family so this was hard for me to do but I really want to make some new memories of our own before Carver gets too big. I am really excited about this year!

Over the past few years, we have broken away from other family get togethers because after Carver was born... it was just too much. There was always a conflict of some sort with another family get together. When you and your spouse both have pretty much all of your family in the same town... it can get a little tricky to see everyone. This year our little family will be attending 2 different church services over the next few days and will only be attending 2 immediate family get togethers. It is a little sad to me in a way because I will miss spending time with our extended family but... I am also a little excited because I don't feel stressed at all. Our days are not jam packed. I feel like such a grown up... I have been cooking. LOL! I made fudge and a coconut cake for Christmas. I have a good idea of the other food I will be cooking for Christmas. I don't ever get to do that because someone else always does it! :)

I am about to get busy on cleaning my house... so it will be nice and clean for Santa! :)

Michael has been off this week and even though he has had some extra computer work... it has just been nice to have him home... even if he is working some!

It has been nice to take a break from crafting. So nice in fact that I have been thinking yet again about how I need to have a better balance in my life. I love crafting so much that I let it take over my thoughts and any spare time I have. I don't know that I will ever quit crafting but I do think I need to find a better balance. I have said that many a time before but I am praying that God will help me achieve it in 2012.

Wow... I am chatty! I guess that is what happens when I am 'gone' from my blog for a little while! At least a weeks worth of my previous posts were scheduled so even thought I have posted each day.... I have been away from my computer/blog during that time!

Well... I guess that is it from me! I guess I was missing my blog and just wanted to 'talk'! :)

Peace and love!


Sarah Craig said...

It's always nice to read your "talk" on your blog - and don't feel too bad about breaking away from family Christmas gatherings to start some traditions of your own. I remember when we did that when Nancy was little - it was hard, but we told everyone they were welcome to come to our house if they wanted to! Stick to your guns, girl!!!

~Tammy~ said...

It sounds like you have a nice and wonderful Christmas ahead! What fun you have been having! Totally awesome!

Nice to start those new traditions.

Your thoughts on balance and krafty I echo. I have considerably moved back a lot from blogging and computer time. It's hard, but like you, it's easy to get swept up in it and get lost. Thanks for sharing it also makes me feel like I am not the only one trying to figure the balance thing out!

Hugs to you and yours This wonderful CHRISTmas season!

Alison F. Collier said...

We started a new tradition last in 2010. I have always had a Christmas Eve dinner with our girls and both their families. Last year we started opening the gifts after dinner. It upset me at first to know that it was happening Christmas day, but Tara, Brittany and their families stay at home Christmas day in their PJs (well at least the kids do). Gary and I go to them. It just makes since for the kids to be able to stay home and the grandparents visit them. This was our 2nd year and it's not bad at all. It's hard to break away from tradition. But at some point, it seems you just need to make your own traditions. Love you!

Lisa Petrella said...

Looks like you and your family had LOTS of FUN this holiday season!!!! That's GREAT! I can relate to your thoughts about being torn between spending Christmas with extended family and establishing your own traditions. My husband and I struggled with this, too, especially when we lived in closer proximity to our families. You did the right thing!!! I also hear ya on the balancing act! I, too, am going to try to work out a better system for 2012!!! (((HUGS)))