Health, Love & Fire: January 2017

A Super Delayed Holiday Recap

Monday, January 23, 2017

Hello, is anyone out there? Sorry for the absence, but life and a new business and the holidays and well life again got busy and I kept meaning to get back here and say hello but I just couldn't get myself to do it. But here I am, back here today and excited to start writing here more. I want to share our holiday recap including out New Years trip and some goals I have for myself in the upcoming year. But let's start from where we sort of left off, the holidays.

Our holidays are different each and every year. Being married to someone who works the holidays and having other family members with work schedules that require them to work those days as well can make it difficult. This year my mom had to work Thanksgiving and Dan had to work the day after so we celebrated several different days for each holiday. On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving we celebrated with my family. We hosted at our house and got to make the dinner and spend the day with my parents, brother and his girlfriend. On Thursday we celebrated with Dans family and got to help make some of the dinner and spend some time with his Mom and Aunts. It's been a few years since we had gotten to celebrate with his extended family for Thanksgiving so it was nice to have Harper take part in some of those traditions.
We got our tree the weekend after Thanksgiving, which is always an adventure and one of my favorite days of the year. This year, with Harper being able to help walk around and pick the perfect tree, my heart was so happy! Getting the tree always seems like the official kick off to the Christmas season and the best way to start decorating the house!
Our Christmas was absolutely perfect, aside from Dan having to work Christmas day. But we made the best of it. We celebrated with our family of three on Christmas Eve. We opened gifts together that morning and then had breakfast.
After lunch we headed over to my parents to open gifts with them and enjoy our Christmas dinner with them and my brother and his girlfriend.

On Christmas Day, we spent the morning hanging out with my parents. That afternoon we headed down to the station to have dinner with Dan since he was on shift. They did a big pot luck dinner so everyone's families could eat and enjoy time together for the holiday. It was really nice to still be able to see and spend time with him even though he was working.
Our holidays were super drawn out, just like they are every year, but it was really nice to get to spend time with everyone, even if it was on different days! I love Christmas time, and having a little one to share the magic with makes it even better! What were your favorite parts of the holidays?