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Just in Time for Christmas

Hey dear blog friends,

It’s been a long, long time. Grab a cup of coffee (or eggnog) because we’ve got some catching up to do!

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You may have noticed that my blog has been a little sparse lately. Or perhaps not; with all the daily activities that occupy our lives and the bombardment of new social media content, I’m certain few people keep close tabs on my posts anymore.

It doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking about blogging; I probably overthink it. If nickles were given for good intentions, I’m betting most of us would be rich indeed. My once-daily habit of blogging became an “I’ll blog tomorrow” which then migrated into “I’ll definitely post something on Monday” to “Oh my God, how has it been so long!”. As we all know, life ebbs and flows and while I love writing to each and every one of you, lately I’ve just been MIA when it comes to computer time.

I want to catch up and I knew that I NEEDED to get out and wish you all a Merry Christmas. I hope you’re finding quiet moments to relax and enjoy. One of my most favorite things during the Season is to sit at night and just stare at my tree. I love the lights and the reflections off the ornaments. It relaxes me and brings such peace.

Our tree went up a week late because the new pre-lit evergreen that we purchased last year had two strands of lights broken beyond repair. We improvised so that we could decorate and will replace the strands next year. We also went from 0 to 100 on Christmas presents. The day before Thanksgiving I had just one gift idea, but Ben and I methodically hunted and got 99% of our shopping done by the end of Cyber Monday. I even had my first arriving shipments wrapped and tucked under the tree by Dec 3rd!

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Now it’s the Friday before Christmas and we’re all set. Everything is wrapped and I’m excited to watch our families open their carefully-selected gifts. I’ve always been more excited to give gifts than to receive them.

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Ben’s at work this morning and we received just enough snow last night that I’ll probably want to run out and shovel the driveway. Supposedly it’s the last warm day (32) before we drop into the teens… and then the single digits for Christmas Day. And so Wisconsin winter officially begins!

Yesterday I spent the morning helping my mom tackle the first few batches of Christmas cookies. We made the old standbys but tried a new chocolate almond cookie recipe. We love trying new cookie recipes but they never compare with the 20+ year old family traditions.

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Swedish cookies are still my #1.

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I have a little baking I’d like to do as well. With Christmas being on Monday, I think I’ll likely start baking tomorrow and then finish up on Sunday.

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I’m not working right now. After quitting my job it took a lot longer to get over the stress and the disappointment of how everything panned out. So what does a girl do with all this free time?

She does excessive bow decorations on her gifts, lol

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In all seriousness, I am sorry I’ve been gone so long. I hope you and your loved ones are doing well. Whether you’ll be home for the holidays or away visiting loved ones, I wish you many blessings this Season.

Merry Christmas!

5 Responses

  1. What a nice surprise to see you blogged!! I just went to your blog and it was a total surprise. I really missed you. You look like you have lost weight and I have found every pound you lost. We don’t have a lot of snow here just a lot of weather, below zero. BRR! Keep up the blogging!

  2. Ali, you look thinner in the picture here. Hope you and Ben have a very nice New Year!

  3. I’m glad to see you back! I have thought about you at times and wondered how everything was going.

  4. Hope things are going well for you!

  5. Hope you are doing well! Would like to see message from you!!

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