Wow, what a holiday season! We had our final Christmas party tonight - our annual young couples' Christmas party. We've been having it long enough that not all of us still fit in the "young" category. :) But we are all young at heart!
I have lots of pictures from our celebration with my family yesterday. It was such a great time opening gifts, enjoying wonderful food, and playing games. New Year's Eve, we enjoyed having my siblings and their spouses over for a relaxed party to ring in the new year. I think I'll try to put together a slideshow of our open house, decorations, and Christmas - that way it won't be a post with 25 pictures.
I really enjoyed my unannounced blog break - I was really struggling with burn out in November and December and seriously debated exiting the blog world but decided that I needed to start with some time off. It was a good decision. Now I'm ready for another year of blogging. And I designed a new look for the start of the new year. :) I'm planning to continue Keeping Creative Kitchens for awhile longer and see how it goes. I'll also try to post more pictures etc. on the boys' blog and continue posting recipes on my recipe blog.
The start of January means the end of the super long hours for my husband for which I am truly grateful. We plan to celebrate with dinner out sometime soon at the restaurant he took me to the night he proposed - someone gave us a gift card that we've been waiting to use! He will still work late a couple of nights a week but it won't be every day.
I feel a little like I'm coming out of a 4 or 5 month fog. I'm ready to de-junk the house, clean it from top to bottom, organize, and get back into a routine. Yep, I'm ready. :)