Santaland: 2015 edition

Before the holiday season is too far behind us…We made our annual visit to Macy’s Santaland in mid-December. We timed it so perfectly that there was no line! Usually we get in line and then Rob joins us after work, no line, we killed time talking to the elves. Caleb was not so into the big guy, so I ended up in the official photo and no pic of Caleb alone this year, but all in all still one of my favorite Christmas traditions.

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See: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

#MicroblogMondays: Christmas crafty

Grad school and littles have made holidays, especially Christmas, a strange time of year for me.  Babies are physically exhausting and thankfully we are moving out of that phase. But Grad school and teaching college puts the emotional exhaustion of the end of a semester right in the middle of the holidays. I really love to sew and make things. Last year I couldn’t pull it together to do anything more than set up the tree. Caleb never got his stocking.  This year though I’ve made the time, and stayed up much to late making and it’s been wonderful. Caleb has a stocking,  A friend has a Christmas box of handmade goodies in the mail very soon. I finally made Simon the puppy/doll carrier he picked fabric for months ago.

It’s nice to discover this little piece of me that is still there.

March is my nemesis.

For whatever reason without fail blogging TANKS in March. I think it has a lot to do with the academic calendar and mid-terms. Everything is due and it’s exhausting. A good number of my March posts are photo dumps or old vacation pictures as I’m longing to emerge from the doldrums of winter. This year has been no different only we will add complete lack of sleep to the equation. I’ve had dissertation drama, grant deadlines, event deadlines, conference talks to prepare and present, and revisions, and parenting, and life. It never ends. But March is always particularly difficult.

So, here, finally, are some of the family pics we took last fall for our Christmas card. We’ve been trading photos with friends for a few years now and it’s been fabulous. Especially since the friends have been thus far willing to go to whatever crazy location I have in mind. Thanks to Josey for the idea.

So from November:

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Oh, and since I don’t think I ever shared our Christmas card here – Merry Christmas in March. (Let me know if you want to be added to my yearly mailing list, it’s never to early)