// Post-Holiday Reflections

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't glad the holiday hustle and bustle was over, but at the same time, I'm sad to see it go. I feel like I have so much Christmas spirit in November, but as it inches closer and closer to the actual holiday, I get exhausted by the thought. There's so much to do, so many families to see, so much food to eat. Even though I'm totally zonked by the end of it, I really enjoyed it this year. We were able to see so many people in such a short span of time, and it's always lovely to see those faces. Toby had an absolute blast, too. And the cherry on top? We were leaving my parents' house yesterday when two of my very best friends in the world, Elle and Bryan, were driving by to see Bryan's dad (who lives 3 doors down from my parents). If we had been even 5 seconds later walking out the door, we wouldn't have been able to see them. (They're our friends who moved to NC earlier this year - we went to visit them in September!) Even 10 minutes to hug and chat in the driveway was perfect! That totally made my day!

There has been a lot of napping going on in our house lately. The cold winter weather just makes me into a hermit and I hide under all of the covers. I don't like to wish days/months/seasons away, but I'll be glad when Spring finally hits! I'm just not a cold weather gal. My parents left for their annual holiday vacation on Christmas afternoon. They're roadtripping down to New Orleans and then the southern Texas coast for the next week or two. In the meantime we're responsible for their two dogs, too. Phew! Lots of driving back and forth, back and forth. But judging by the photos they keep posting on Facebook, they seem to be having a good time! (I'm eagerly awaiting our summer vacation! C'mon!)

That 'Mom' necklace up there is what Toby made me for Christmas... I bawled like a baby when I opened it. Silly, I know. But I was just a basket case of emotions. It's so sweet! And my sweet husband surprised me with a hand-hammered, rose gold wedding band... the exact same one we lost on the farm on our wedding day. Finally my ring set is complete! I feel so spoiled by these two fellas... I'm a lucky lady!

Toby is still out of school until January 8, so we've got a long week and a half ahead of us haha. Things have been quiet around the blog lately, but I figure everyone is just as busy/tired/in need of a break as I am. I have a couple of things left to post before the new year, but I'm really excited for the new year. How about you? What have you been up to for the holidays?! Anyone else trying to chart out their new years resolutions or intentions?

It's crazy to think that the end of 2013 is finally here. I'll still be writing '2013' well into June I'm sure... it's inevitable! haha


  1. I am in the same mind frame - happy the holidays are about over (one more stop tonight) but sad to see them go...all while getting ready for 2014....making plans, etc

  2. I'm the same as you. I am get really excited about the Holidays, basically right when Halloween is over, and then come December when it's time to travel I get really exhausted. Especially since my husbands' family and mine live in different states...and so do we! So it's a lot of travel. I think my car is going to have to have it's third oil change in 3 months when we get home to West Virginia. Basically the point of this comment is that I'm right there with you sister....exhausted and ready for a fresh start.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Kaelah!

  3. Seeing the necklace made me tear up--how sweet of Toby!

    I don't really get into the Christmas spirit until right before the holiday (must be a school/finals thing), but I'm alright with a short bit of seasonal joy, and then moving on to planning for 2014! It's a little bittersweet to see Christmas come and go so quickly, but I agree that it's also pretty exhausting, so the quiet after feels really nice!

  4. Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas - The mom (had to stop myself writing mum then) is just lovely.

    Ahh, resolutions... I'm still thinking about them. ;)

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    ~K | bluehairinbelgium.blogspot.be

  5. Ironically, I've been writing 2014 on EVERYTHING. I even made a blog post titled Christmas 2014 and had to edit it really quickly because I realized AFTER I published it. Ooops.

  6. I'm totally with you on the Christmas spirit in November! By Christmas Eve, when we had two dinners to go to, I just wanted to be done with it all. We still have one more party on Sunday and none of my holiday cards are even sent out yet, but I don't really care. I'm looking forward to 2014 so much!

  7. Oh goodness, I would have bawled at that necklace too! So glad you enjoyed your Christmas. I think it is always one of those events where there is alot of pressure to make things go perfectly and that can end up overwhelming the actual point-being around loved ones for a day together. Our christmas got shook up a bit this year by having no electricity for 4 days including Christmas Day! It made me realise all the plans aren't actually needed for having a good day. A good thought to go into 2014 with I think
    Chambray & Curls

  8. I'm with you. Cold weather turns me into a complete hermit and that proclivity to hermitize is worsened when you work from home. It is a daily struggle to put on anything more than sweats, leggings and slippers.

  9. Awww. You're definitely a lucky girl with those boys around! :D We've been one of the extra cold areas and I'm over it. I'm 7 months pregnant and too big for most of my winter stuff, too, so it's been kind of a pain in the butt!


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