It Was A Holly Bloggy Happy Christmas

Christmas is gone for another year. How does it come and go so fast (and faster as you get older)? It seems to be rush, rush, rush, hurry up get things done, and then all in the matter of one morning POOF it’s gone, and there is nothing left but the clean-upand hopefully some happy friends and family.
We had a really nice Christmas Eve spent with my mom and bestest buddy yep you guessed it First Grade Delight the one I unmercifully tease whenever I can, actually LIKES spending time with me and my family! She and her hubby and my mom all came out for snacks and fun. We had a White Elephant/Dirty Santa gift exchange. It was a lot of fun! Her poor hubby, my kids (and husband) treat him just like family (he kinda is). One took one of his gifts, then they took his next. All was good in the end  because I had made an extra gift just for HIM! We always have the best time when we are with them. Did I tell you he was the one to renew our vows for us a few summers ago on our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary? It is a day I will never forget and made so special by him and my bestest teaching buddy. And now it’s their 25th anniversary, Happy Anniversary to two very special people.
Why is it when your kids are little they try to see how early they can get up on Christmas morning, but when they are older they try and see how LATE they can sleep? Seriously. I was up dressed and ready before they even began to stir. I had time to check my email, stalk some blogs and eat two pieces of coffee cake before they ever opened their bedroom doors!
When they FINALLY stirred it didn’t take long to destroy my house share all our great finds for each other. Son and daughter both liked their bounty, and my hubs was super excited about his new iphone. The morning flew by and so did our yummy dinner.

I was so excited to FINALLY open my Holly Bloggy Secret Pal gift. I am not typically a patient person and when it arrived early in December it took allllll I had to leave it in its box. But it was the FIRST one I opened Christmas morning. And look at all the really cute stuff I got! Beth Ann from Taming My Flock ofFirsties was so sweet and nice. She and her daughters pick out everything together and she and one of her daughters made me these super cute napkins. Don’t you love the colors? And look at my new JOURNAL!! It is by far the prettiest one I have EVER had (it’s usually just a plain old notebook). AND I LOVE the “T” I have a “window pane” on my door at school and I am putting it there next to the cute picture my daughter has made me. I’ll post pictures of it when I do. It’s funny that Beth Ann and her daughters made my gift together because my daughter and I made my secret pal’s gift as well. I hope she liked hers as much as I liked mine. Maybe what we made will be included in my giveaway when I reach 100 followersI’m still anxiously waiting, for that. and my laundry to magically disappear.
I hope everyone had a Wonderful holiday and that time spent with family and friends is time you will always treasure. 


  1. Such cute gift! What a fun Secret Santa exchange!

    ❤ Mor Zrihen ❤
    A Teacher's Treasure

  2. Just found your blog!!!!! I heart it!!!!!


  3. Aww Thank you. Glad you are here.

  4. super cute!!! Next year, I'm totally joining in on the fun! :)

    ♥ Jen Ross
    The Teachers' Cauldron

  5. I am so glad you like the gifts. We had so much fun!
    Merry Christmas!

    ❁Beth Ann❁
    Taming My Flock of Firsties

  6. Thanks for posting your pics! It's so fun seeing what everyone got and sent! Thanks for participating!

    Ms. Preppy's Adventures in Primary and Polka Dots