"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start,
anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." ~ Anonymous

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Oh, What Fun!

Christmas is almost here and I'm ready!  While this season I've been involved in a Healthy Holidays Challenge, I have spent more time doing non-health-related things.  And quite honestly, I'm okay with that.  

The challenge has helped by being in the back of my mind and reminding me to not throw caution to the wind this month.  I may not see a loss on the scale, but I won't see a gain either.  I'm good with that.  It's been a very enjoyable season and that means more to me this year than making sure I'm losing weight. 

Since I've been so slack in blogging regularly I'm going to do a little wrap-up post of what the holidays have been like around my house a.k.a. "Dental Floss Lane".  
As a family we started off the season by enjoying a light parade in our downtown.

 Then my husband was so sweet to put up lights for us this year.  We don't always do it and I was tickled he wanted to this time.  My son is a great helper, whether he wants to or not.  lol
 My daughter won a scholarship from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and it was nice to see her commended for all her hard work.  That particular application required EIGHT - 8 - essays and she was one of thousands of applicants.  These are the recipients for just our area of Texas.  (she's in the red argyle sweater on the right.)

As a busy "Mom Taxi" I have learned over the year to take advantage of waiting by bringing along something to work on.  So, while my girls took their drive tests to transfer their licenses from North Carolina to Texas I brought along Christmas cards to address.

(Notice I'm in cropped pants and a t-shirt here?? The weather is so up and down here.. it's funny.)

I haven't baked so much as I have this month!! It started with fudge and these peppermint brownies by request of my daughters.  The fudge is a recipe my mom always made and I'm pretty sure it came out good this year, well I know it has because I've had a piece every day.  ahem... let's move on...

One evening my husband asks, "Do you have time to come in tomorrow for a cleaning?"  Oh sure!  I'm not in the middle of sewing up 20 mini stockings for teachers or anything.  lol 

It's always nice to see him at his practice and I threw on workout clothes, a little bit of makeup and took him to work and then hung around for a tooth cleaning and a picture.  :)  

The next day I finished up the stockings.  I made my first bunch last year for the teachers.  They were so simple and the teachers loved them.  Our new school's colors are "Kelly Green and White", which makes for nice festive fabric choices.  

Homemade stockings filled with homemade cinnamon roasted pecans also make for frugal teacher gifts.  

And coffee.... there has been plenty of coffee to get through the busy days, or to simply sit and enjoy...like I did Sunday afternoon when my husband brought me my favorite Starbucks drink -- a Flat White.

That about sums it up for now.  Today I will cook a little in prep for our Christmas Eve and Christmas meals and either bake or clean.  I haven't decided which one I want to do yet.  Since I'm pretty much ready for Christmas I'm at my leisure to do what I want with my days today and tomorrow.  Whee!

I hope your holiday preparations are going well.  Thanks for stopping by and sharing a bit of our holiday fun with me. 


  1. I love all of it! You look so beautiful , and yay for lights getting put up! I wish I could have done if those peppermint brownies , no mint here!! Actually they got the real stuff just not the extract darn it ! Hahaa that's ok I can make plenty of other things . Merry Christmas Dear Friend good to see a little if your life at this time ❤️

    1. Aww.. Thank you for stopping by, Kelly! You're too kind. It's been a fun holiday season.

  2. How fun! Love your little stockings you are making :) That last picture looks so relaxing! :)