(Here I am playing with a Christmas filter!)We haven't done one of these posts in a while and am glad that we could share a bit with you today. We like it when we get a chance to share a personal post so that you get a chance to see a glimpse of me as a real person and feel connected.
Here are a few things that have happened in my life:
We had a wonderful Christmas break--the kids had a ton of fun and used most of it to relax and play with their new gifts. Here is Steve with a Santa filter--doesn't he look so serious?
One of my favorite gifts that we got for Christmas was getting the new iPhone 11 Pro Max. Verizon had a buy-one-get-one-free deal so several us upgraded:
Can I just say that the camera is amazing and so is night mode! I like all things tech so yes, I was geeking out just a bit. My husband said everything on my list needed to be plugged in (haha) and everything on his didn't (see how opposites attract?). 😀
The younger kids loved everything they got, but some of their favorites gifts were this, this, and this. The last one was no longer being made so we had to search high and low for it to get a reasonable price for it since they had wanted this game for some time. Thankfully, we were able to!
I also really enjoyed getting this gift too because I can upload new pictures just using an app on my phone! It is SO easy. I had wanted one for years and finally put it on my list this year. I like how you can put themed pictures up and coordinate them to holidays, birthdays, etc.
It was very hard taking the tree down this year because everyone wanted it up for... an infinity. But we did finally take it down and now I am thinking about how I'd like to redecorate with a fresh new look this year. We also took the kids to our annual shop on the Mag mile in Chicago also . It was very beautiful and lit up with all the lights.
(this was a 55 foot tree)
(outdoor iceskating at Millennial Park)
(The new Starbucks that just opened and is one of the largest in the world - I know some of you don't like them but I thought I would just show you how big it is.
There was a line wrapped around the block to get in.)
NEW YEAR'S PARTY
We hosted a party here complete with food, games, karaoke singing (one of our gifts from Christmas), and dancing! We had a ton of fun and glad we got to ring the New Year in with friends.
(here some of them are playing with the game I mentioned above)
Then we started the first day of the year out here and it was packed:
My oldest son surprised us and purchased Chicago Bulls games tickets for a few of us for Christmas. It was great fun and I was so glad that I went. I was a big fan when Michael Jordan and the Dream Team existed!
I recently attended a wedding shower of a friend. Instead of opening with typical games they had an older woman speak to and give biblical advice to the soon-to-be wife. It ranged from communication, putting your husband first, and even discreetly covered intimacy. I liked that opening a lot better than the normal games that are offered. I also liked their simple and easy favor idea using mints:
I also attended a funeral in the same week and was it was a good time to reflect on life and just how really short it is.
RETURNING BACK TO REAL LIFE
Now with Christmas break being over we are back at it in school--we are easing ourselves in and not putting too much pressure this first week. The boys are back to their regular basketball schedule and had 3 games this week alone! I volunteered to work concessions with a friend and some of my kids and helped to make popcorn and pretzels and more. Other classes for the kids have begun as well and we are slowly moving back into a steady rhythm.
Before school began I had a chance to declutter several parts of the house. I was so happy and will probably do a post soon about it. It definitely felt great when we were done! I shared a post on decluttering after Christmas that you can find HERE if you haven't gotten to it yet.
I am so grateful to God for a new year and hope you are enjoying yours!
What have you been up to lately?
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