The first part of our break was spent in recovery, really. As mentioned in my previous post, I came down with a nasty virus two days before our break started, and I was sapped of energy for pretty much the first whole week of vacation. Turns out I had a sinus infection on top of the virus, so I got meds a few days before Christmas and started feeling better, thank goodness. Kendra had a friend over for a few days (her mom had foot surgery) so at least she wasn't bored with a sick mama!
On Christmas Adam (Adam came before Eve...get it?) we actually went to the MALL. We went with our friends, the Rodgers', whose daughter had a gift card from American Girl burning a hole in her pocket! R bought a Bitty Baby doll, so she asked Kendra to bring hers with us. We then had lunch in the mall, and did a little window shopping. Justice is a must, of course, and the girls had fun being silly in hats.
|This mall has an indoor skating rink...check out the size of that tree compared to the skaters!|
Then it was off for Christmas Adam evening with the Ballards and Sherry's sister's family who were in town from Georgia. We got to enjoy freshly made sushi prepared by Sherry's BIL, Tony. Just watching him make the rolls was fascinating, and I stepped WAY outside of my box and tried pretty much all the varieties he made. I had rolls with raw salmon, crabmeat, and even EEL! I was pretty proud of myself for trying it all, and while it was interesting, I wouldn't say it was something I'll rush out to eat. I don't really enjoy seafood very much anyway, so it stands to reason that this doesn't top my list of edible delights.
On Christmas Eve we went back to the Ballards. When we got there, the girls were all dolling up for a "50's style" photo shoot. They quickly threw some cute clothes on Kendra and plied her with red lipstick (!!!!) . The pics turned out pretty decent, actually.
|I like it better when she smiles...she doesn't look as old!|
|I can't get this picture to rotate!! ARGH!|
We had 8:30 church on Christmas, and it was a delight to have a 10 year old with rational thinking (and a need for sleep)! We decided well before the big day that we would open gifts AFTER church. Kendra didn't even want to touch her stocking! Church was really, really nice. We had a program with a person narrating the nativity story and several beautiful musical performances celebrating our Savior's birth. It was a great way to start the day. We headed home and changed BACK into jammies to open gifts.
|Outfit from Bama and Papa|
|My gift from Mom and Troy---Green Converse to go with all my Michigan State apparel! Woo!|
|Gift laden tree and stocking...we are blessed!|
|She had no idea this one was coming and loved it!|
KENDRA!). This isn't the Walmart cheapo guitar---Taylor actually went with me to Guitar Center and tested it out for me to make sure it was good quality and would work well for Kendra. She is totally excited about continuing her learning and practicing at home now!
After gifts we just chilled out at home, called all the family, and I took a NAP! Woo! Then we headed back over to the Ballards for Christmas dinner. They made a delicious prime rib with mashed potatoes, and we brought the green bean casserole and 7Up biscuits (new recipe--they were yum!) They taught me a new card game called Blitz which was totally fun and completely addicting--which is why we didn't get home until 1:30 a.m.! I can't wait to teach my family when we go up next summer! :-)It was a wonderful Christmas!
The second half of our break has been pretty chill--a little shopping, cleaning and putting away Christmas, seeing a movie (We Bought a Zoo--good movie!) and mega movie-watching at home. We borrowed the entire Harry Potter series from the Ballards and watched them all! Kendra had only seen the first two, and it is definitely safe to say she is a MAJOR fan now! :-) We plan to spend our NYE in our traditional way---Kendra and I just hang out together, watch movies, play games, and watch the ball drop at midnight. We didn't go out of town or do anything special this break, and I'm so glad! We needed a low-key vacation, and that's just what we got! Grateful!