I don’t know about the rest of you, but we’re still winding down from Christmas. We were able to spend a lot of time with our family, which was truly a blessing. I’m the oldest of 6 kids. I have 2 younger bio sisters as well as 2 younger sisters and a younger brother who were adopted from Haiti. While me and two of my sisters still live in the area, the younger 3 are spread out… one of my sisters lives in Arkansas, is married and expecting her first baby in April (yay!!!!), my brother is in the USMC and currently lives in Virginia, and my youngest sister is in college in Illinois. They were all able to make it home for Christmas, so we were very excited!
Both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day we spent with both sides of our family, and while it was a lot of fun, it was also exhausting! We are taking this week off at work to just relax and get caught up on things at home, as well as hang out with our boys. My brother will be leaving soon to head back to Virginia, so he came over to spend a little extra time with the boys. They think he is super cool because he’s a soldier!
Speaking of super cool, check out the Christmas gift some friends of our family made for my parents, grandpa and cousin… You see, my grandpa, my 3 uncles, my cousin, and my brother have all served as United States Marines. My 3 uncles are at the top, my cousin on the bottom left, my grandpa in the middle, and my brother on the bottom right. I thought this was so creative and thoughtful, and it’s something that will be treasured for many years to come. (And it goes right along with our Handmade Holidays theme!)
So did you receive any great handmade gifts for Christmas? Do you take time off after the holidays to wind down and prepare for the new year?