Monday Motivation + Christmas Recap

by - December 28, 2020

It's the last Monday of 2020, and boy have the last nine months seemed to drag by. This year is certainly one for the record books, and I won't be sad to see it go. We are ending the year on a positive note, though (in my house at least).

Christmas was the same as it always is, thank goodness. Our gatherings are always small, and I couldn't tell you the last time I went to a holiday party that wasn't a work function (definitely pre-motherhood). We spent Christmas Eve with Chris's family, saw my parents and brother on Christmas day, and finished up with my Granny and extended family on that side the day after.

Alexis got everything she wanted for Christmas, plus a few extras. Her main gifts were a Barbie camper, scooter, and art kit from us, a Star Belly and Crystal Flyer from grandma and grandpa, a kids' smart watch from Vma and Kpa, a working sink from her Uncle Tyler and Aunt Emily, and the Baby Alive doll that grows up from Granny.

Chris and I bought ourselves bicycles and an electric fireplace, plus he got me a new desk chair and desktop storage (that's still in transit somewhere...).  I also got a new lapdesk that has a built-in mouse pad, a smart notebook (yay!) and the new kitchen stuff that I wanted. Chris got a motorized paper airplane kit and back massager from me, one of those long-lasting ice chests, and a new jack. Oh, and we got an outdoor rug for the back porch.

After our family get-together at Granny's, I visited my PawPaw's grave for the first time. I had just had surgery when he died and wasn't able to travel, and then everything closed down and we just stayed at home. It was one of those things I knew I needed to do, but it didn't really help.

Sunday we spent putting stuff together. We took a short family bike ride and I rearranged the kitchen and went through everything to decide what I want to upgrade next. (Hint: it's dishes. There's nothing wrong with the set we have, but we bought them to match our previous house and honestly just don't use them very often.)

This week, I'll be finishing up the January issue for real. The holidays are tough on deadlines, ha! And we'll end the week with our traditional New Year's Day lunch with family. It's the one holiday a year that I cook for everyone. And you best believe everyone will be eating the dang black eyed peas this go 'round.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and that this last week of the year goes smoothly for you!

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