Obviously, I stepped away from my blog for the holidays. It was my first year not working the entire break, and gosh, did it feel good not doing anything work-related for an extended period of time.
A lot of friends, family, and puppy time coupled with some relaxation was good for me. It’s an understatement to say I needed it.
Is it a cliche to say the holiday break made me feel incredibly blessed? I don’t care. It’s the truth.
And to catch you up, I’m giving you a slew of images from my holidays.
I posed the puppy cousins in front of the tree.
For the first time ever, I made Christmas curls happen all by myself. I swear, practice makes perfect with this stuff.
Although I fought a cold most of break, I tried to hide the evidence of my feeling like poop on Christmas Eve.
I obviously did not get new Christmas socks. I like those old ones too much.
I loved my niece time, as always.
I GOT A PADDLE BOARD for Christmas! I’m so excited to put it to use in the waters of Virginia Beach. I’m tempted to throw on my wetsuit and take a risky ride now.
I also plan to coerce Chloe to ride with me. Maybe if I put lots of Greenies on the end of the board? My fellow doggy owners know what I’m talkin’ about.
And I maaay have bought myself my first Christmas tree for 75% off on December 30th. Which we proceeded to decorate with a fire and Christmas music on December 30th.
Hooray for extended Yuletide!
…followed by our friends Christmas gift exchange and viewing parties of the Hobbit and Les Mis.
And let’s not forget my friend KT’s 80s birthday party.
That’s a Michael Jackson colorform.
And the absolute funniest sounding party blowers I have ever heard (is that what you call them?! I don’t know. TWSS?).
Wait. I got it. Noisemakers. Right?
Obviously, I could not get over it.
And then we celebrated the Bachelorism of my friend Jim by ringing in 2013.
Gosh, it makes my holiday every time Lisa-Marie comes back in town from her year internship in Ohio. I’ve been missing that girl to pieces.
Fun fact: that dress was $25 at some cheapie store in the mall. Who needs pricey designer duds?
‘Twas a good start to the new year.
I also participated in what is decidedly the best family portrait of 2012.