But a wonderful vacation it was. I had two weeks off over the holidays. I didn't accomplish anything and everything all at the same time. It started with six batches of cookies and gathering with my family. My parents flew up from Florida the week before Christmas. They left early Christmas morning. That Sunday was a gathering with them and my brother's family. My niece and nephew were in a play at church and the afternoon was spent eating lasagna, laughing and playing. Christmas Eve morning I had my parents for our traditional breakfast.
That night we broke tradition and stayed home. A bacon wrapped pork loin for three. Then youngest headed to her room to dance and hubby and I went to deliver cookies to the emergency dispatchers. On our way home we rendezvoused with mother and father-in-love who had picked son up at the airport. He was on leave from the military and flying in to surprise his sister. We managed to get him in the house and tucked in his room without her knowing. The look on her face as he came down the stairs Christmas morning was priceless.We headed to the in-laws for a quiet dinner that day.
Another day was spent shopping in Northampton with the cousins. An evening fire department party. An afternoon of Bliss Yoga. An amazing afternoon with my wise and foolish friends. A morning spent making soap and lip balm. Books read. Needle pointing worked on. Pages filled in my art journal. A day spent with my niece; bonding over lunch, frozen yogurt, books and shopping. A celebration of son's nineteenth birthday.
New Year's Eve we had a thanksgiving feast. It was son's last night home and we had tur-duck-en , mashed potatoes, roasted butternut squash, cookies and birthday cake. New Year's Eve or the calender flip as my girlfriend calls it doesn't hold much importance in my life. No need to wait until midnight for some magic to occur. Magic happens all the time and for me the evening was about family and love. Son was whisked to the airport in the wee hours of the morning (he had to be there at 0430 hours).
It was a great vacation of family, friends, relaxing, puttering, dreaming and planning.