Today marks Chris' last day on Christmas break.
Tomorrow is mine.
Tuesday is the kids.
We have had a fantastic break. Kathryn had to be part of the 5pm Christmas eve service at our church for her confirmation class. Then we hit the road to travel to the QC for Christmas since a storm was a comin. We made it just in time for the 11pm candle light service at Carol's church. It was beautiful, and with a quick call to Jen, Carol had all of us there for service with her. Then we rushed home to get kids in PJ's, read the night before Christmas, and put out cookies and milk. Getting the kids to bed at about 1am WOW!
Christmas morning I was woke up at 8:15am and the kids had opened their stockings. We waited for Carol and Jim to come up and started opening gifts. Everyone got everything they always wanted of course. The kids recieved air soft guns which Jim and Chris and the kids quickly started shooting, in the living room, at targets and each other.
Lunch was at Wendy's and we had a fabulous time with family.
Dinner was at my mom and dad's, and it was a true blessing to spend Christmas with Nannie and Pop pop this year. Pop's even came out to the living room 3x's on Christmas which is HUGE for him since he is pretty much bed ridden. He enjoyed watching the kids open gifts, and we enjoyed his reaction to the horse Brandon gave to pops, that he painted himself. Nannie got a little overwhelmed, but truly enjoyed spending time with everyone.
Then we had a few days of playing in the snow with cousins before heading home to New Lenox.
It's been pretty easy going here. Jen came up with the boys and Alex, chris' cousin.
Kathryn participated in the 30 hr famine with her confirmation class and youth group.
I am very proud of her for doing this, and amazed at how much she learned and took away from this challenge. They all stayed over night at the church and did some skits and games that raised awareness to the starving children in Haiti. The church had sponsors and raised money for these children.
We had a few friends over for New Years Eve. We had a blast. We enjoyed shrimp, crab legs, and lobster tails, and lots of drinks. We played spoons, and card golf, and counted down at Midnight. Fun was had by all.
Today is laundry and movies, and just hanging out relaxing.
Chris has a fire going in the fire place and I am just gonna snuggle up with my family.
Happy New Year