Friday, December 30, 2011

Winding down 2011

The week between Christmas and New Year's is one of my favorite times of the year.  The hustle and bustle of Christmas is over and traditionally Dan will take the week off for a staycation. 

The neat freak part of me is tempted to clean up the Christmas decorations and put every back in order.  But for Dan it's a time that he can finally relax and enjoy the tree, read through the cards, and just kick back.  Besides, the family hates it when I'm in cleaning mode.  It makes them grumpy.  And I hate to clean and organize when people are a) grumpy and b) present.

So, I satisfy my need to tidy up by organizing my desk and papers, buying a new 2012 calendar and setting goals for the new year.  More about that later.

This Christmas, I gave myself the gift of letting go of a lot of stuff.  I sent just a handful of cards and only baked two kinds of cookies.  Amazing for me.  For the first time ever in my life, I spent Christmas away from home!  We rented a condo in beautiful Grand Lake, Colorado, and spent the weekend with my family.  Twenty people and eight dogs!  It was such great fun.  On Christmas Eve, we were at a local ski resort, watching fireworks, a parade of skiers carrying torches coming down the mountain and giant snowcats in the formation of a Christmas tree.

Christmas Day included a morning walk in the brisk mountain air and in the afternoon a prime rib dinner.  Everyone pitched in the side dishes with family favorites.  I made Aunt Mary's Tangy Mashed Potato casserole, my sister-in-law made her famous spaghetti squash, and my niece made Gram's cheesecake.  Another niece made crescent rolls that were to die for.  Awesome, that these young girls are such great cooks!


One of the reasons we went to the mountains was so we could have Christmas Day with Luke, who was working at the ski school.  He and his cousin were assigned to the toddler "sick and sad" room -- for little kids who aren't feeling well or are just "sad" and miss their mom and dad.  I love that!  And I could just see Luke, all 6'3" of him, consoling these little kids.

We took Lilly with us and she proved herself as a hunting dog!  All that chasing butterflies and flushing out squirrels in the backyard has paid off.  She didn't even flinch at the shot of the gun, and managed to find a few ducks in the process.  Luke and my brother were very pleased.

I have to admit, it was nice to take a blogging/computer break the past couple weeks.  But I'm eager to get back at it and come up with a new plan for 2012.  More recipes, more 'nesting' ideas, and more visiting other blogs! 

Enjoy what's left of 2011 and Happy New Year!

6 comments:

Mereknits said...

Karen, so glad you enjoyed your special time with your family. I only took a few days off blogging and I was amazed at the extra time I had, but I missed hearing about all of my Friends. Hope you and your family have a wonderful New Year.
Meredith

Leslie said...

Sounds like a wonderful way to spend Christmas. It will be cleaning mode for me tomorrow...when Paul is at the neighbors house watching the raven's game.
happy new year.

Susanne said...

Your Christmas sounds so nice. It's special to break out of the regular routine once in awhile and do something different.

The vision of a couple of big young fellas calming down little ones made me smile.

I've been itching to get in cleaning mode too but have try to quell the urge as it makes everyone around here grumpy too. Mainly because I start to put on my sargeant hat and start making them help. LOL.

Happy New Year to you and your family Karen!

Rizzi said...

OH KAREN IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAD A WONDERFUL TIME WITH FAMILY GOOD FOOD AND SO MUCH FUN........I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN ABOUT TAKING TIME AWAY FROM THE BLOG, I DID THE SAME THING. I LOVE BLOGGING IT WAS GETTING VERY HECTIC GETTING READY FOR CHRISTMAS AND BLOGGING....I ALSO MISSED IT AND ALL THE GOINGS ON.....NOW I WILL SIT DOWN AND THINK ABOUT 2012.....HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND....LOVE YA...AUNT RIZ

Becky said...

That sounds like a wonderful new way to spend Christmas. And you have such a lovely family. Great picture!

I just bought my new 2012 calendar today. Can't wait to open it up tomorrow (I make myself wait every year) and start filling it up. And drat if it isn't 2 hours till midnight and I STILL don't have a Word of the Year.

Happy New Year Karen!

Country Dreaming said...

How fun was that!
Glad to heat that you are coming back! Hope to see you over at Dreaming soon. :)

Have a wonderful New Year!

Melinda