Sorry for my temporary disappearance off the face of the earth.
At our family gathering on the 22nd, Beanie’s baby cousin (or second cousin-third removed, or something like that…We call her a “cousin!”) threw up. The next night, both the Bean and Rob woke up with the stomach flu. Beanie was doing her finest projectile vomiting so frequently, that we thought we would be eating hospital food for Christmas. (Not that our hospital has bad food…but still…). She hung in there, but the next day of my home and family boot camp consisted of cleaning and decluttering the home, while the rest of my family watched cartoons in bed.
Christmas was great, but last night, I was the one to wake up with the upset stomach. After sleeping all day, I finally felt normal today!
So, I thought I would share some pictures from our *much simpler* Christmas. It was fun, low-stress, and great in every way we thought it would be!
Our first party was with my grandma and cousins. Instead of making a mess out of her house, we reserve the fellowship hall at her church. The kids enjoyed dancing on the stage, and had lots of room to run around. Unfortunately, my camera battery died as soon as we got there, so I don’t have pictures.
Next, it was time to Rob’s family’s celebration on the 21st.
On the 22nd, we all headed up near our place, to make merry with Rob’s aunt, uncle, and cousins.
We had a few days to recover, then it was Christmas morning at our house!
Then, in the afternoon, it was time to visit my parents!
So, our experiment with simplifying, paring down, and keeping only the traditions that we REALLY wanted worked wonderfully well. I hope you enjoyed your holiday too!