Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Happy new year to all you bloggers and readers. Christmas was quite a whirlwind at our house and we are just beginning to feel slightly sane although still a bit grouchy and out of sorts. We disposed of our sweet little Christmas tree about an hour ago and I welcomed the smell of pine needles that the vacuum gave off as I cleaned.
The holiday was spent with family, Chris' and mine. We pretty much did something every day with family for the week before and after Christmas. It was fun and exhausting and Anders loved every minute of it and was pretty bummed when everything settled down.
The past couple of weeks Chris and I have been wandering around our house that was hit with Christmas chaos not quite knowing what to do with all of the wonderful gifts that we received. Everything has just sat underneath the tree in a pile and neither of us wanted to look at it for fear that we would have to deal with it. Before Christmas I was just beginning to feel like I had a handle on the clutter in our little space. The laundry is always looming but all the other stuff had found a spot. Now, I will be reorganizing and sorting and deciding what precious thing will have to be sacrificed for another precious thing. Should be fun.

Here is a list of some of my favorite gifts.

- a new copy of "Good night moon"
- a very nice picture album of our wedding reception in Ohio
- gift cards to Target, WalMart, Macy's and Starbucks (love, love, love, gift cards!)
- Christmas movies
- spa gift certificates from my generous and thoughtful husband
- a subscription to a cooking magazine
- a whole set of Johnny Cash cd's
- some very fun toys for the bunchkin

I think that my favorite thing about this Christmas was when Chris and I were able to sit in our living room with the lights turned down after all the festivities were over, and look at our pretty tree with it's twinkly lights. During those moments we were able to truly enjoy our first Christmas as a married couple and as new parents.
As overwhelming and as everything was it was fun. Memories were made, pictures were taken and overall everyone had a really nice time spending time together. I look forward to lots more Christmas fun in years to come.


Erin said...

I like reading your synopsis of Christmas. It was a lot of fun to be with you guys! Hectic and fun. :)

ShackelMom said...

Yes, me too! A very good summing up that I could really 'feel' with you! You are blessed!

Anonymous said...

I can identify with the peace that comes after a big effort to make everything special for everyone else and creating those wonderful memories we give as a gift to our families. Like you, I also used to sneak downstairs after everyone was cozy in their beds and turn on just the Christmas tree lights and drink in the quiet and reflect on the reason of the season, the gift of the birth of Christ.
This was the first year in 35 years that I didn't have Christmas in our home and the first time ever to spend Christmas week in a hotel. I decided that making new traditions is just fine....all that matters is that we are with the people we love. Thank you for allowing us to be with the people we love. We have many warm and beautiful memories that we will cherish forever of our week together. I know it takes a lot of effort to pull everything together and you did a fantastic job of decorating your apartment, feeding us delicious meals, allowing us to get our quota of baby hugs from Anders and just generally allowing us to share a very important FIRST with all of you. May God bless you always in all ways in the coming year. You are loved!!

Love & Hugs, Mom "J"

Grandma said...

Thanks for sharing about your first Christmas togather and as parents.Always a blessing to have our family circle enlarged.By marriage and birth.Nice to have you so close too!

Mom said...

It's fun to blog and get to think about how to write about life and it's events and the important things that happen. I really liked the way you gathered it all up. The word "overall" is so useful, isn't it! I think we were at almost all of the same events as you were, and each one was special! I was glad we had time to recouperate afterwards too! All that livin' takes energy! Each day is precious and each person is precious and I just really enjoyed that thought this year.

David Cox said...

All three of you girls are excellent writers! Thanks for you blog and pics. Much fun to see. Dad