I hope you all had a fantastic holiday – I know I did. I’m taking a few more days off this week so guess what?! I have time to blog!! Yay!

So first, remember how I said I wanted to buck tradition and create some new traditions this year? Well, we did that. If you remember, I had mentioned that spending Christmas Eve with my in-laws usually ended up with everyone in a bad mood and it just wasn’t fun for anyone, so a couple of weeks before Christmas, my husband told his parents that we would be spending Christmas Eve by ourselves (just my husband, myself, and our kids), and that we would get together with them in the afternoon of Christmas Day. They took it very well (my husband didn’t give them much of a chance to argue – he just told them, very matter of factly, this is what we’re doing, and then he changed the subject. No room for discussion.). So, the plan was that we (my family of five) would go eat somewhere, go to the candle light service at church, then go look at one of the big Christmas lights displays nearby, then come home and open some presents. However, I realized that all of our favorite restaurants were closing super early on Christmas Eve so we just decided to grill some steaks and shrimp at home. After we ate dinner (we realized about halfway through cooking that we missed the candle light service at church.) I was all set to jump in the car and go look at lights, but everyone else didn’t really want to go, so we opened two gifts – surprisingly, the kids wanted to wait until Christmas morning to open the rest of their gifts – and then spent the rest of the evening watching a Christmas Vacation. And it was actually a pretty great evening! It was different, for sure, but we all just hung out together and laughed at a movie we’ve all seen a hundred times and had a very relaxed night. So much better than how we had been spending the evening for the last few years! I was very happy with how things turned out.

I would love to tell you that I have stayed perfectly on plan and have lost a couple of pounds, but that however would be a big fat lie. To say I went a little crazy with the Christmas goodies would be an understatement. To say I lost my damn mind would be the most accurate statement ever. And let’s face it, I know I’m not alone in this. Raise your hand if you snuck a piece of fudge from the fridge every time you walked into the kitchen…*a sea of hands rises in the air*…yep that’s what I thought. And here’s my thoughts on that: so fricken what? We enjoyed some goodies, we ate a lot of rich food, we hopefully spent some good quality time with friends and family…it’s not the end of the world if you ate too much. And if you think that NOW you are going to be absolutely perfect and toe the line…guess what…you’re probably not, at least not for awhile. Some of you will be able to go back immediately to eating your normal healthy way, and I salute you for that, but most of you might need to taper off for a few days. Just do the best you can, and eat fewer goodies every day until all remnants of that kind of food is gone (if you want to throw it away, then do it. You have my permission). Don’t be hard on yourself for enjoying the holidays…just get back to normal as soon as you can and if that takes a few days, so be it. It’s all good. 🙂

Any big plans for New Year’s Eve? We haven’t gone out on NYE in years, in fact most of the time we sit around, watching movies and saying “is it midnight yet? Can we go to bed? *YAWN* ” Yes folks, the party don’t stop around here. If you do go out, be safe. Don’t be an idiot with the alcohol, okay?

All right kids, that’s all I got for today. Maybe next time we’ll talk about New Year’s Resolutions. 🙂

Peace out.