I didn’t really have intentions to take two weeks off on my blog, but here we are. I’ve been out of my day job for almost two weeks, and in that time I’ve been focusing on family, the holidays and a little bit of fun. Throw in a lot of decluttering and cleaning – oh, and a sick cat, and that’s how I’ve spent my Christmas break.
Before I became a parent, I never thought Christmas pajamas could be so fun. And this year I couldn’t get enough of them. My daughter absolute loves wearing something similar to her brother (so I need to remember this for next year.) These two have been home a lot the past two weeks and while we’ve had some trying moments, it really hasn’t been terrible. They do love each other – until they don’t. 😉
Oh yeah. I bought a car over Christmas break. I haven’t had a car payment in more than 10 years, so this was a tough one for me to accept. My old car, though, was costing me more in monthly repairs than a car payment – and it wasn’t getting any better. While I hadn’t put any repair money into it this month, I knew it was a matter of time, so I said goodbye to my faithful Saturn on Friday and brought home a Kia Soul.
If you’d asked me a few years ago if I’d consider a Kia, I’d call you crazy. I was really impressed with them the couple of times I attended Mom 2.0 and they were sponsors of the conference. We (my friends and I) have driven the cars, and I decided to check them out – and I really do love my new car! I’m sad that I had to leave some of my stickers behind. I need to find a 26.2 sticker for the new car.
We went out of town just before Christmas to visit my in-laws for a few days before Christmas. My husband picked up a cold over Christmas (a result of not taking his vitamins for a week) and he’s now on the mend! But then the cat got sick. It took me a day to figure out she was peeing on everything and she couldn’t control it. We took her in for a vet visit and they confirmed a serious UTI plus her arthritis is giving her trouble. And now I’m giving her meds every time I turn around.
Christmas was good, though! The kids had a blast, everyone received far too much (even though we tried to reign it in) and I’m debating when we’ll take the tree down. I really do love sitting by the tree all lit up at night.
It was a very Minnie Christmas for my daughter. My son was spoiled with Legos and Pokemon. The look on his face when he opened his Mega Construx Pikachu was priceless (even if it is a little out of focus.)
And as I soak up the next few days home with my family, I’m working on my goals for 2019 and possibly coming up with a word for the year. My word for 2018 was “flourish” and I think it was ok. My word for 2017 was “grace” which was so fitting for that year. This year has been one for the books, and I can’t say I’m super sad to see it end. A lot has been happening behind the scenes – you know, real life – that I haven’t shared publicly. I’m grateful that my family has made it this far in the year and we’re all relatively healthy and happy.
Here’s hoping you’re relaxing for the final 24 hours of the year!