Ohhhhhhh, imaginary friends. I cannot tell you how wonderful our Christmas vacation has been so far. We have seen family and friends, eaten until we are about to pop, slept late and napped often, and I have read three books already! Now, that’s what I call a vacation.
Right now, we are in our hometown of Pensacola, Florida, and have spent the past three days with Chris’s family. It has been a really great visit, with the perfect amount of relaxation that staying with my fabulous mother-in-law always brings and excitement that visiting loved ones promises. We’ve been bowling with the kids, out to eat with family, shopping for things we don’t need (Yankee Candle is having their semi-annual clearance sale! Run! Don’t walk!), and Chris and I even had a date night at the movies last night, which we never do. We saw “American Hustle,” and it was fantastic.
Bean and Gracie are having a blast. They love visiting Grandmomma and her partner, Charles. Charles plays catch with them longer than any normal adult should and Grandmomma has the perfect balance of healthy meals and devilish treats in her kitchen. They have also loved seeing Chris’s dad, who is so great with the kids. He is playful and approachable, without being overwhelming or loud, and the kids really respond to that. Plus, he lets Bean win every game of tic-tac-toe, so there’s that.
I am so excited to see my own family in a few days when we leave Pensacola and head to spend the second half of the week with my sister and her family at my mom’s house. But I am almost just as excited to see my sweet friend, Sarah. She and her family moved from Orlando back to our hometown this past summer, and I have missed her so. Well, truth be told, I’ve missed her a lot, but I’ve missed her sweet Love Bug of a baby even more! Sarah has been out of town the entire time we’ve been here, but she will get back to town just a few hours before we head out again. We have a 2-3 hour window to hug, gossip, and kiss each other’s babies on Tuesday morning, and I can’t wait!
I hope you all had blessed, joyful, and momentous holidays, too, full of all the things that make you happy. I can’t wait to show you all the pictures from my real camera, which I have suddenly figured out the secret to operating after almost five years of ownership… Come close and I will whisper it into your eyeballs as you read…
If you have small, wiggly children and all of your pictures tend to come out as blurred streaks, set your DSL to the SPORTS setting! Duh! It’s the setting made for wiggly children and athletes.
I also can’t wait to tell you about my happiness plans for the New Year, which I have been contemplating for a week or so as I have read the book, “The Happiness Project.” Some of you have asked about me hosting a virtual book study on this book, and that is definitely something I am looking into, so if you are looking for something to read, pick up a copy and join our virtual book study in January!
For now, I’m off to start my next book, “The Art of Racing in the Rain.” Has anyone read it? It seems like everyone else has except me. I’m still skeptical. Isn’t it about a dog????