Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Looking back, looking forward...

This week between Christmas and New Year's is always a bit odd for me.  It's like I'm not really sure what to do with myself.  I certainly enjoy the downtime, the not having much on the "to-do" or "to-go" list.  We've been sleeping late, breakfast at noon, binge watching on Netflix, indenting the couch cushions, and generally just hanging out together.  It's really the best Christmas present I get...this week after.  But it leaves me feeling a bit unsure of things.  A bit like what's my purpose, besides feeding these people all the time! never realize how frequently kids need to eat, until you are home with them for two weeks!

Tonight, we are going to ring in the new year in the same casual fashion as the rest of this home sushi, card games, Netflix and sparkling apple cider!  Wild bunch here, right?! 

2014 was a simple year...nothing too dramatic.  Lots to be grateful for...good health, smart and talented kids, a house full of music, a career I love and a happy marriage.  Next year will bring a new adventures, achievements and more blessings.

Here's a look back at some of my favorite Christmas moments and our winter break...

Yosapalooza concert, Dec. 21, 2014

Due to a crazy, busy month, we never got the Christmas decorations out of the attic
and set up.  So last minute we bought this tiny tree for 50 % off at Lowe's.  The kids had a great time making
ornaments and decorations for it.  I actually loved it!  I found the pennant banner online.  The mason jars are a Pinterest idea!

December 24...
Christmas Eve mass.

Christmas Eve at Nana's and Papa's. 

Santa arrives as usual!

Bailey thinks Santa is rather amusing!

Even the grown ups get a little something from Santa!

I had some late night help from Bailey this year, getting everything ready before Santa arrived at our house. 

December 25...
Christmas morning...Bailey was still sleeping.  His Christmas wish, was to sleep in!

Look what Santa brought!  Calico Critters camping set...just what she asked for!

What does Santa bring the tweens?...Nike shoes of course!

Christmas #2 with my parents and sister's family!

 December 26...
Bailey got a soccer ball from Santa, so we headed out the next day to test it out!  A little family soccer game!

She looks so serious!
 December 29...
Bailey had several volunteer performances right after Christmas.  I love the snowman gear he wore!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday season, like I know we have.  Happy New Year friends!  May the year be filled with blessings and happiness! 

Goodbye to 2014 from the Boyen Bunch...

Hello 2015!

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