The holidays have come and gone. It was a lovely break. The down side of spending every other year in St. Louis at Christmastime is that we can't keep any solid traditions of our own. That's the only twinge of regret I ever feel. But all the uninterrupted time with the family on that side more than makes up for it! Seeing these kids with their cousins makes us all very happy. They get along so well. They just might get along better because they only see each other a few times a year. Who knows? All I know is they really had a blast.
And I guess they behaved because Santa was good to them. (We're teetering there with our youngest, if you know what I mean, and honestly, I will be quite relieved when the jig is up.)
We celebrated Brian's parents' 50th wedding anniversary while we were there, and there will be more celebrating this summer. MUCH more.
And then we returned home and relaxed for a week- everyone but Brian, who is acclimating to his new job well, but doesn't have much vacation time just yet. We had a quiet New Years Eve at home with homemade spring rolls, Thai noodles, and sparkling grape juice before falling into bed at about 12:02am. Now we're getting ready to send the kids back to school tomorrow, cleaning out notebooks and washing backpacks and coats.
I hope your holidays were warm and relaxing! xo.