As I mentioned in my prior post we had four straight days of festivities from Christmas Eve to Saturday. It looked like Santa's bag exploded in my living room on Christmas morning... as usual too many gifts exchanged, even though we said we were cutting back. It really was a bit ridiculous.
Ridiculous but fun! In the end, we all managed to get some things we really wanted, some of which were surprises.
Ever since Shelley surprised me with a pony tail running hat, I have wanted a running jacket to match - and I got it! Mr. Helen also bought me a Road ID, which I have been wanting for years but just never bought myself. When the one he ordered came in, he realized he had bought the wrong size so he ordered two more bands in the right size and until I showed him, didn't realize he had managed to beautifully coordinate everything! I told Mr. Helen that Shelley will be so proud to see this.
I also received a pair of boots I've been drooling over... so very indulgent I never expected in a million years that I'd get them.
They are so cute and warm and comfy, they are the perfect run around town doing errands type of boot. I was astonished and Mr. Helen was happy that he surprised me so thoroughly.
I also got something I've been wanting for a long, long time from Little Helen - a Bose Bluetooth speaker.
Additionally, she decided that Mr. Helen and I were way overdue for a new sound system of some sort. I think the fact that nearly every CD we tried to play skipped probably was a huge clue. This also has Bluetooth capability so we are finally updated to the new technology.
I love how small and portable both of these items are so we will be able to move them around the house and out onto the patio.
Here's a shot of the appetizers we put out - Little Helen actually volunteered to make the platter up and it came out so nice. In front of the apps are my signature Rudolph's Nose Champagne cocktail. In the background you can see a box that has Twelve Days of Christmas appetizer plates which was a surprise gift from Little Helen. As you know my champagne flutes are Waterford Crystal Twelve Days of Christmas as well so we each used the plate that coordinated with our glass. Everything about this coordination appeals to the perfectionist streak in me.
Little Helen's fiance decided that he wants to have a yearly traditional photo in front of the tree. They also managed to color coordinate again this year.
As you can see from the opened gifts behind them, I could probably fill a blog or two with all the gifts, but let's just finish here by saying it was a very nice holiday.
While it was all fun and great times with family, I have to admit I was happy to wave goodbye as Mr. Helen went to work and Little Helen and her fiance went back home.
It's funny how used I have gotten to it being just Mr. Helen and me in the house. We have a certain way that we live and even having just a couple extra people, it feels a bit crazy after a few days. A completely different routine as well as we stay up later and sleep in later. Not bad necessarily, just different.
Once everyone was gone and I had the house to myself, it took me just about four hours to scrub things down and get the house back into some type of order. Plus 7 loads of laundry! The Christmas decorations will actually stay up until New Year's Day this year and I'm fine with that.
Only three days until New Year's Day anyway, right? I actually love the week after Christmas leading up to the new year. I find myself reflecting on the past and looking towards the future with bright and shiny plans... and maybe a wedding in 2015?