I am back from my blogging hiatus. Don't get too excited, y'all. I was off work for 13 days straight,counting the weekends. It was glorious, for the most part. I had so many things I wanted to get done, including blogging and working on a new blog design. Very little of it got done, if any. It's odd how quickly 13 days can pass when you have children around needing your attention---and cookies needing to be baked (and eaten). It also didn't help that I got a stomach bug for the first two days; then it took another couple to fully recover.
Anyway, here's a brief summary of the past couple of weeks in Bramell Land:
--I went to help with Big Sis's kindergarten Christmas party at school. Learned that I'm thankful that I didn't choose teaching as my profession. Her teacher must have the patience of a saint.
--Stomach bug, two days. Sick mama on the couch. Luckily, kids were still in school and daycare for the worst of it.
--Sick Girl Twin for a whole day. This required constant holding and snuggling. And cleaning vomit.
--Final Christmas prep--wrapping, fretting over gifts and how to do last minute shopping since I couldn't leave home, if you know what I mean.
--Holiday meal planning and shopping. We went with an Italian Feast: chicken parm, spaghetti, lasagna and linguine with Alfredo sauce. Totally yummy and worth being in the kitchen all afternoon.
--Load up and travel to Wynne for a few days after Christmas. More on that in another post.
Here are some photos of the kids getting their loot. Why the heck didn't I brush their hair? I should have known to do that, because my mother has years of Christmas photos showcasing my childhood bedhead, too.
Above: Big Sis's very favorite gift from Santa--it's a Disney Princess art/activity set. She colored, drew and painted for four days straight. No lie.
Below: Boy Twin's favorite gift---a Spiderman Stunt City toy. It has a Spiderman figurine that can climb up the wall of the building! He loved showing it off to daddy. I think daddy kinda likes it, too.
Below: Girl Twin's favorite gift--Minnie Mouse Bowtique on the Go Fashion Show. Girl didn't put it down for days!
Above: Big Sis checking out her stocking loot.
Below: I swear the twins aren't drunk, it just looks like it.
The best part of Christmas? The kids played and SHARED so nicely all day! The dad and I got to spend some time on the couch together and I got some relaxing time snuggling my baby girl. I love it when Santa gets it right.