Although 2010 was not my favorite year for a variety of reasons, I ended the year feeling so happy and blessed to have such amazing friends and family in my life. I'm truly a very lucky girl.
The 2010 holiday season was extra special to me for a number of reasons:
1. This winter John and I have gotten to enjoy a number of nights with a cozy fire roaring away in our fireplace. Although our previous condo also had a fireplace, for some reason we never took advantage of the warm, crackling goodness until now. One night we worked on homemade Christmas presents in front of the fire, another night we read books and listened to a new Christmas record, and another evening we sipped cider and battled it out on the Scrabble board. Although I'm really looking forward to spring, in the meantime I can't wait to squeeze in a few more nights in front of the fire.
2. I am so grateful that my family and I got the chance to return to the little beach house in Aptos, Calif., aka Christmas Island. As I said in my previous post, John and I drove to Aptos late on Christmas Eve after spending the entire day with John's family. We arrived at 2 a.m., quietly sneaking presents and food upstairs and spying the Christmas tree my parents had bought just for the weekend along with the stuffed stockings and the table all set for breakfast. I felt like a little kid waiting for Santa because I could barely fall asleep that night! I was so excited to wake up the next morning and spend the weekend with my boy and pup, parents, sister, her husband and my nephew Theo.
After nothing but gloomy, oh so foggy Fresno winter days, the next morning I was SO excited to see blue sky and such gorgeous clouds. I pranced around upstairs exclaiming that I had gotten my Christmas wish.
It started pouring down rain about 30 minutes later, but that's OK. It was pretty fun to be stuck inside, listening to the storm and wind crash against the beach house while safe inside playing Scrabble and munching on Christmas cookies.
Later that day we celebrated baby Theo's first birthday with balloons, a special cake and of course, (extra, non-Christmas) presents!
Last Christmas he was just three days old. It's surreal that he's walking around now! He's such a little man!
We ended Christmas Day with a delicious feast complete with twice baked potatoes, veggie tamales for us (and salmon for everyone else), green bean casserole and bread. Whew! I also helped my mama make a dutch apple pie. Yum! And of course we watched the Bill Murray classic "Scrooged."
Here are a few pictures from the next day when the sun decided to come out and play:
Until next time, Aptos!
3. John and I wrapped up 2010 by hosting Britt and Izzy as our very first house guests. We had such a good time during our buddies' two night stay -- exchanging gifts, staying up late talking, playing board games, eating way too much good food, going to the park, watching the dogs play for hours, and celebrating New Year's Eve together. I was sad to see them go!
Hope your 2011 is off to a fantastic start! I think this year is going to be just super!