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Monday, December 28, 2015

Weekending: My Gift from Florida

Christmas has come and gone. I can't say that I'm disappointed; it has never been my favorite holiday, a rarity, I know. I am grateful for the time off from school and the chance to slow down. 

Before the holiday, my semester closed and my grades posted. All 4.0s. Hooray! Onward!

I made our traditional tourtiĆ©re (French Canadian meat pie), chocolate covered cherries for my Dad, and peanut butter fudge for my Mom. And the highlight of the appetizer table was a delicious brie en croute. (The recipes are linked.)

Here in Massachusetts, the temperatures on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were both in the upper 60s. Some friends had bulbs bloom; nature is confused. 

Today, it's a cold, blustery day, as we anticipate our first snow of the season tomorrow morning. 

The greatest joy of Christmas was heading to the airport to pick up this girl, who flew up with her step-brother to spend the holiday break with her northern family. 

This stuffy has been with my niece since she was born. He still goes into every suitcase. 

We spent all day Saturday cashing in various gift cards. Like many teenagers, she shops like a champ. 

The highlight of her purchases may have been her finding her favorite emoji...on a pillow. 

What a business idea!

Like many teens, she loves her phone. A lot. 

But so do I. And, after teaching middle school for more than fifteen years, I understand teenagers. I don't take it personally; they're fun. 

We had a low key evening, snuggling in to watch her favorite holiday movie. 

And then it was off to dinner and to another aunt and uncle's house where she is up to her neck in babies. This family has a two year old and four month old twins.

We'll all be together again for New Year's Eve to eat our grapes and welcome 2016, and again on New Year's Day before she goes back to Florida with her step-brother on Saturday. 

The time goes by quickly, but it's a welcomed treat to have her here. 

In the meantime, Gracie goes for a much needed bath this morning...

And I am planning to dive into some personal development books, sip tea, and maybe watch a movie.

How was your holiday? 


  1. Sounds like fun and delicious! THanks for sharing the recipes.

  2. I enjoyed hearing about your holiday (and I *love* those emoji pillows!!!!). Our was pretty low key but that can be a good thing! Happy New Year to you! :-)

  3. So glad you had a nice time with family!! I happily took the weather we had this weekend knowing that the snow was coming haha!! Hope you enjoy your time off and get your relaxing on! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  4. I think the emoji pillows are tooooo fun!!

  5. What a lovely thing, for her to be up to visit!

    Christmas is not my favorite either. I'm never sad to see it go.

  6. Jasmine @makingrestorationsDecember 28, 2015 at 8:03 PM

    Love your book list…dropping by from the linkup

  7. You're welcome, Haralee. Let me know if you make anything. Happy New Year!

  8. It was a nice time. I'm looking forward to ringing in 2016 with her as well. :-)

  9. Love reading booklist! Helps me make mine for 2016! Happy New Year!