Saturday, December 27, 2014

Christmas Happenings

Monday started my first day of vacation for three weeks, yay! Mike and I did not travel for Christmas again this year, but unlike last year no one came to spend the holiday with us. My dad had to work part of the holiday so we celebrated with my family the Friday after Thanksgiving.

 Mike and Bernie during our post-Christmas walk

I'm going to admit, I really enjoyed spending time at home with Mike and our fur babies. The rest of the year was pretty hectic, mostly all good things, and it was nice to be able to relax at home during a time of year that can bring people a lot of stress.

Luckily, our Christmas was 99% stress-free (we did have to go grocery shopping a few days before the holiday and it was a little bit of a madhouse). We did not get each other gifts (our trip to Alaska was our gift to each other) and we did not buy gifts for very many people. 

As I get older, I realize that it is not about the gifts at all, but about the experiences that you have with the people that you love. Even though we weren't with relatives during the holiday, we were able to spend Christmas day with people we consider family. Our friends, Sarah and Rob, invited us to spend the day with them.

 Obligatory post-run shoe photo, thanks Rob and Sarah for the photo!

We started the day with a short 2 mile run and then spent the rest of the day/early evening eating, talking and laughing. I am so sad that they will be moving to San Diego in about a month! (It just gives us another excuse to visit the west coast!)

2014 continues to prove that it was an amazing year, but I am excited to see what 2015 will bring!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday and spent the time doing something that made you happy!


  1. So glad that you all got to spend Christmas together. Ad three weeks off - awesome!

  2. Merry belated Christmas! We had a relatively low-key holiday too. It's strange because Christmas in general didn't seem as hyped up as it usually is. Sure, we did our normal family activities--baking cookies, seeing Lights on the Lake--but we definitely didn't go as overboard with giving gifts and going to parties like we have in the past.