|Snow dusting our window garlands|
|The family star|
The thing is, that it will never be perfect; not in the Martha Stewart-TV-set-style that exists in my mind. But it was perfect in its imperfection. There was last minute rushing around to keep the number of stocking stuffers per person balanced, remembering that groceries must be purchased in order to make the Christmas day meal, and the obligatory last minute wrapping and assembly.
|World's best peppermint bark|
We had a great time and made the most of the time off together. And probably only I noticed that there was still some cat hair on the couch or that we never got around to making those pecan sticky buns I'd planned. It's just normal life with a little bit of a work break and a lots of special details crammed into the week. We hope you had as nice a time as we did.
|Very fun new toys|
And now we've welcomed 2014 with a crisp snow, a house that is almost free of pine needles, and an extra pound or two from those butter-laden cookies.
|Cheers to a happy close to 2013.|