Sunday, December 31, 2017

Christmas Vacay

What a wonderful week of nothing (and somethings!) that made our 2017 Christmas family vacation a memorable one!

I always love banking the remaining vacation time I have to take off and spend with my babes. Those final 10-12 days of "us" time are oh-so sweet, and this year, Jack even commented how "this has been my favorite Christmas break ever."

Ironically, we did "less" with our time together, which resulted in more. I think we're on to something.

We baked and decorated Christmas treats for neighbors and friends...


We sang our hearts out for Jesus with a special Christmas Eve morning celebration at church with family and friends all around...


We enjoyed several family Christmas celebrations, which meant lots (lots!) of cousin time...




We continued our annual tradition of a good and filling diner breakfast at the Firehouse Cafe before saying hello to a new year...



We cleaned our house top to bottom and frustrated ourselves trying to re-organize and update the main living space layout... (boring, I know - but isn't it great when you live in a freshly cleaned home?!)



We dated each other, with our favorite tradition of post-Christmas shopping trip to Wichita kid-free...


And in between, there was a lot of MacGyver. Basketball practice. LEGO building. Yahtzee and UNO games. Hot Wheels race track stunt-pulling. Running in frigid temps. Laundering all of the layers from running in frigid temps. Hunting in frigid temps. Going home after 30 minutes with kidlets in tears because of the frigid temps. Starbucks dates. Homemade hot chocolate. 

Sounds like a lot, but actually for our family on the go, go go, most of our days were lazily spent in our jammies and warm clothes as it was bitter cold. It forced us to take it slow, enjoy the comforts of our cozy home, and savor our family of four time - time that we cherished and don't take for granted. 

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