Scenes from Christmas

I’m baaaack!!! It’s been awfully quiet around the blogosphere this week, and I decided I needed some time off so I’ve hardly been on the computer since we left for Virginia last Saturday.

We had a whirlwind trip to Roanoke and back. I think I need a vacation from my vacation, but when I got home I hit the ground running — unpacking, organizing and cleaning to get ready for the 2nd half of my Christmas with the other side of our family. It’s all good, though. It’s nice to have a break from work and spend time with the fam.

Here are a few photos from our Virginia Christmas.

Between Christmas and my daughter’s birthday, we basically spent our weekend eating and opening gifts. My mom stocked me with some cute new running gear from lululemon and a set of cozy flannel sheets. My husband gave me the leather jacket I had my eye on as well as a Nexus 7 Tablet, which I am having WAY too much fun with. And my brother and SIL gave me a beautiful handmade basket with 2 bottles of local wine inside — they know me well!

Of course I’m at the age where the giving as as much fun as the getting. I gave Paul a 35 mm lens for his/our camera along with a CBTL coffee/espresso machine. I love giving gifts that I can enjoy too! (I’m generous like that.)

The kids were thrilled with their loot, and it was especially fun to see my son’s reaction when he saw his drum set. We debated a long time about what to get him, and he was pleased, which made the hours of research all worthwhile. Of course, it’s been rather loud in my house ever since. Good thing we have a basement!

How about you? Was Santa good to you this year? What was your favorite gift to give or get for the holidays?