December 26, 2014

Boxing Day

We had a house full of merriment until midnight last night. Every year I question if we'd rather just have a quiet Christmas and not deal with the fuss of the food and cleaning and one more Christmas thing. But then we end up inviting our friends, and it turns out to be so delightful and fun and happy that it makes my heart smile.

And now, we get ready for the final Christmas celebration of the year followed by skiing in Michigan's upper peninsula. If I don't come back with a Yooper accent, I haven't done my job, hey.

December 24, 2014

Nogging around the Christmas tree

Today, we drank tea, we saw the Nutcracker. and we searched for the pickle. May your navidad be feliz and your nog be strong. Peace.

December 23, 2014


It feels weird to have nothing to do. I'm so used to having a to-do list ten miles long, it's almost unnerving to wake up when I feel like it and just go about my day how I want. I really am loving it.

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve. The boys ponied up and got us tickets to the Nutcracker with reservations for high tea. Apparently they've realized I could use a little non-football related something in my life. I'm so excited, I can hardly stand it.

Until then, I'm going to make like Aaron Rodgers and R-E-L-A-X. Hope you can do the same!

December 22, 2014

Angry water

Today, I took a walk by the beach with my camera. I hadn't taken any pictures lately, and it felt like it was a hole in my creativity. We don't have snow, so it's that weird limbo between fall and true winter. The blues of the sky and water and wind are melting together, almost like an angry protest that the weather cannot seem to catch up with the calendar. It was kind of a perfect complement for everything lately.

December 19, 2014

We're on Holiday

After a grueling half-day of work and school, we are on Christmas break. And even better, we are all on the mend. Coughing, hacking, and short of breath, maybe. But on the mend. The Christmas presents need to be wrapped, but they're purchased. And everything for the upcoming ski trip is set. As long as Mother Nature cooperates and it snows a bit. (Who knew we'd be praying for end of December snow?!)

So now, we rest, relax, enjoy the Christmas lights, and recuperate.

December 16, 2014

Birthday Sickies

It's Beerman's birthday today. He took the day off. Unfortunately, he got all feverish in the night and is now huddled on the couch sick. Good times.

C-man had his band concert yesterday and his school Christmas concert tonight. It's really never a dull moment between rounds of fevers around here.

December 15, 2014


The Wisconsin family that toasts brandy old fashioneds together are cheeseheads together. Prost!