Christmas 2013 has come and gone . . . even though I am STILL on Christmas break! The weather has been so cold here that school has been cancelled for now the THIRD day in a row. Certainly no complaints from me. In fact, it has given me a few days to do all the projects I have wanted to do over the break, but didn't do because I spent WAY TOO MUCH TIME watching online television shows. :)
This past break started out with all of us sick for two to three days. And then just about a day or two before Christmas we all got our "sorts" back and started watching the television series of ALIAS. Three to four episodes a day, with some food and chores intermingled, made up most of the days. We did do a couple of outings, like ice skating, and visiting friends, but most of the time was spent watching shows. (now we are on the first series of LOST)
For Christmas this year I got the children the types of things they wanted/needed. It seems the older they get, the harder it is to find things that they will enjoy and use. I spend most of the year listening to the types of things they talk about, then try to use the information I gather to get them items the really want. It is always a guessing game for parents, and I am glad that I have the type of children that are content with whatever I give them. And this year was no different. It seemed that they all were elated with what I got for them, and what they got/made for each other.
And we also made some newer updates to the house this season as well. Since our oven went out several months ago, (we do have a basement kitchen with an oven/and a wood cook oven as well) I replaced the old oven with a new scratch/dent buy that I got a GREAT deal on. And it was the EXACT same size as the hole in the cabinet.