The holidays were a wonderful mixture of work, relaxation, gratefulness, family time, frugality and indulgence. It was GREAT and I am both thankful it has wound down and also that the next time is only 363 days away. Can’t wait!
This year, my cousin had a Christmas Eve cocktails and appetizer reception at her home so that we could all be together to celebrate. The usual family and friends that would ordinarily get together at my house on Christmas Day were otherwise engaged with travel, personal projects and so on this year.
I used coupons and sale shopping to buy some of the presents and food for the holidays. Target Cartwheel, coupons.com, JC Penney coupons, an Ollie’s Army coupon and Aldi grand reopening coupon rounded out the discounts.
Mirror Image made out on Christmas big time…as usual. This girl…she likes STUFF. Her haul included VR goggles, clothes, money, Lindor Truffels (when did that become a Christmas wish? She was begging for those for weeks), jewelry and more.
Christmas lunch was fabulous, too. The good folks at Aldi one again provided a luxurious feast – broiled lobster tails, roasted duck, salad, roasted brussel sprouts, standing rib roast, dinner rolls. Thank goodness I can get this stuff from Aldi or this kind of menu would not be affordable.
Here is a giggle – one of my presents was a Fit Board from my cousin. This is timely considering the menu that I mentioned above. I need it and am looking forward to using at the start of the new year in relation to my weight management goals!
More importantly than the STUFF though, is the LOVE. I am so blessed. Overall good health, a family that loves me and let’s me cook for them and all the other blessings that would take too long to write.
Next step post holidays, my trip to Seattle to see my sister get married (we leave tomorrow); sign up for some life enrichment classes at the local community college; The Great Water Challenge of January 2017.
Life is actually NEVER boring…
Happy New Year!