Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas Cards & Christmas Break

Today is the day folks!  At 1:10PM, I will officially be on Christmas vacation.  Thanks to the help of our amazing nanny/life coach, for the first time EVER, I am all finished with all of my holiday shopping, wrapping, and baking (almost).  I think I might even be caught up on laundry which is some kind-of Christmas miracle in and of itself.  (For the record, I followed hardly any of my own advice from this post and have TONS of grading to do over the break.  You win some you lose some.)

I am SO looking forward to the next 10+ days of being with my family, enjoying our Christmas tree and a fire, making snowflakes out of coffee filters with Sam, taking drives in pjs to look at lights, and doing plenty of cooking (and eating).  One of my best friends and her family spent the night on their way home last night, and today Jeff's roommate and his wife are coming for the weekend. Tomorrow, I am getting my nails done with my mom and sister, and we have several "low key" parties and events to attend this weekend.  It's going to be a really really good Christmas...

In the spirit of all of the above, I've decided to give myself a little "Christmas Break" from the blog too.  So, I'm signing out today and won't be back until after Christmas.  I'll miss this spot, but I will also enjoy turning off the ole computer for a few days to focus on my "real" life.  I know you understand.

In the meantime, I wanted to share this year's Christmas card and photos with all of you.  If I could, I would mail one to every one of you - I consider you that good of friends; but, I hope this will suffice:

(Photos by Howard Chen; card designed by me on Picmonkey)

I've said it before, but THANK YOU for making E, Myself, and I feel like home.  In a way that only a blogger can understand, this place is SO important to me, and I consider each of you dear friends.  I hope you have a wonderful holiday and a blessed start to 2014.

Merry Merry Christmas!!

(See our past Christmas cards here, here, and here.)

P.S. I'll be sharing more about the Get & GIVE Away winner and her charity of choice after the break! :)


  1. Looooove the card!! Those pictures are ridiculously cute!!! Nicely done! Enjoy your break!

  2. loooove the card and super impressed you did it yourself!

  3. That is a great Christmas card! Enjoy the time with your family!

  4. Love the Christmas card! Sam looks adorable... as always! Enjoy your Christmas and all the wonderful time your going to spend with family and friends! I must say winter break is certainly a little perk to teaching (although I'm sure you still have a ton to do because you never truly get a break) ... ill be looking forward to these breaks when I get a teaching job (next year hopefully!)

    Merry Christmas!

  5. I love your card....Sam is just too cute! I hope you have a great break and get lots done, but relax, too!! :)

  6. SUCH cute card. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  7. I love your card! How creative and adorable. I may have to do something similar with my two little monkeys next year. Merry Christmas!

  8. i LOVE your card!! You always have the cutest cards! Merry Christmas! Enjoy your break!

  9. So precious. Love your card. Merry Christmas to all and may peace find you this holiday season.

  10. I always look forward to your Christmas card every year!! They are so festive and creative!! :) Merry Christmas to you and your sweet family-enjoy your Christmas break-and don't grade a single paper! :)

  11. Now that it's post-Christmas I have time to catch up on this carousel :)

    I love the saying and it's so true with kids. "All is calm(ish)!"

    I hope you had a very Merry Christmas!


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