The holidays are over...
The tree has been taken down, ornaments packed away for another year, the tree itself waiting to be turned into mulch.
We celebrated Christmas three times in two weeks, and celebrated Thanksgiving once during that same time.
We're kind of all celebrated out...
It was a lovely Christmas though... our daughter K was home from the Peace Corps for two weeks (which is why we celebrated Thanksgiving on New Year's Day... she's missed the last two Thanksgivings and really wanted a Thanksgiving dinner with all of us), and it was so good to see her and have the whole family together.
Besides the many Christmas celebrations, and our January 1st "fakesgiving", we all went to see the new Annie movie together, and K and R ice skated afterwards while M and I watched and enjoyed...
We also went out to eat TOO much, had a great time shopping (and introduced K to "Freddy's"... she's a fan now) and spent a lot of time just hanging out, being together. The visit seemed to go quickly...K left on Saturday for Ghana and the house has been pretty quiet since then.
It has been good though to have all the Christmas ornaments and other decorations packed away for another year. I always enjoy the mid-winter calm after the holidays... after the busy-ness of December, I always feel rich with time in January. (I'm already happily planning this year's house projects!)
One last picture... our whole family... Joe and I on the left, with three of our grandchildren sitting around the table (our oldest granddaughter is behind her brother next to R), and our kids, including our son-in-law standing behind.
Happy New Year!