Scenes From A Blogging Break

Happy New Year!  What a full and fun month we’ve had.  We’ve been back less than a week and already, December seems so long ago.

This past month I needed a break from writing.  Instead of blogging, here are some of the fun things we did:

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We made Christmas cookies, including the pecan rolls that almost killed me.

We decorated ginger bread houses, even though I had to sit on my hands as I watched the kids put the candy any old place.  No plan!  No strategy!  No design!  But lots of fun.  Especially the eating part.

We decorated ginger bread houses, even though I had to sit on my hands as I watched the kids put the candy any old place.
No plan! No strategy! No design!
But lots of fun.
Especially the eating part.

We made and wrapped presents for each other.

We made and wrapped presents for each other.

We hung out with Oreo cows.

We hung out with Oreo cows.

We opened (and played with!) our presents early before leaving for Philadelphia.

We opened (and played with!) our presents early before leaving for Philadelphia. That is an upside to traveling for Christmas.

We did yoga in our hotel room, albeit on the bed instead of the floor.

We did yoga in our hotel room.
Check out the hole in Joseph’s footie. LOVE.

We waited, sort of patiently, for Dad to take us to the pool at the hotel (best husband ever!).

We waited, sort of patiently, for Dad to take us to the pool at the hotel (best husband ever!).

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We wore elf hats at the first of several Christmas celebrations.

And reveled in our new presents.

And reveled in our new presents.

We made those magic mushrooms again!

We made those magic mushrooms again!

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We met some new friends.

I have no idea who those girls are.  But we did see the Nutcracker with them.  And it was the best yet.

Best Nutcracker yet!

After an afternoon at The Franklin Institute with our new favorite cousin, we enjoyed the best part of that whole place:  the closing music and light show.

After an afternoon at The Franklin Institute with our new favorite cousin, we enjoyed the best part of that whole place: the closing music and light show.

We "watched" the light show at the Comcast Center (sorry you have to see your grandson rolling around on the dirty public floor, Nana;)).

We “watched” the light show at the Comcast Center (sorry you have to see your grandson rolling around on the dirty public floor, Nana;)).

We even had a chance to check out the Philadelphia Art Museum with a concert  and a tour for the kids.

We even had a chance to check out the Philadelphia Art Museum with a concert and a tour for the kids.

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We stopped for a bit. And did NOTHING.

Then we got back to it with a New Year's Eve concert with Trout Fishing in America!

Then we got back to it with a New Year’s Eve concert with Trout Fishing in America!

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Followed by Hibachi and hats as we watch fireworks over the river.

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After heading home…

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we’ve been drinking tea EVERY DAY out of our new tea set,

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and catching up on all that sleep we’ve been missing for 3 weeks.

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