Most people will not like this song but that's okay, I'm a firm believer that I have good taste in bad music. I heard it on the radio the other night and, what can I say? The stompy- clappy songs always make me happy. Shout out to my friend Meaghan who actually knew what I meant when I asked Facebook who sang a version of Winter Wonderland that was "mix of modern folk and twangy old country, sung by a woman" with "grit".
2 - I ended up getting the Christmas cards below from Minted but still bought some at Target because I didn't order enough. The backs of the cards have a sticker I made that reads, "In 2014 Travis bought a car with working a/c; Bonnie presented to 1500+ people in 4 states; Lydia began reading chapter books; Bennet taught himself to ride his bike; James finagled his way into spending lots of time with his grandmas; Teresa was adorable; and Joseph learned to crawl, walk, & climb on the table. We hope your year was just as fun!"
I'm waiting on 4 addresses and have 2 cards left but I'll figure something out. Other stats about my Christmas cards (because I find this type of thing interesting and would have done all this counting even if I wasn't going to blog it):
Cards sent: 111
In state: 78
Out of state: 31
Town I grew up in: 12
Town I live in now: 5
Friends from elementary or high school: 5
Newman Center friends: 20
Friends from college: 2
Relatives of Fulton Sheen: 1
My family: 25
Travis' family: 14
People who may not really even like me but they got a card anyway: 5
3 - While signing our names on the Christmas cards there were a couple of times I wanted to sign Peter's name but it felt like I shouldn't, that it would make people uncomfortable. So when my friend M, whose baby girl K passed away a few years ago, shared this article about family pictures and how they often don't show the whole story - well, gosh, it made me feel so normal. If you are missing a baby (or even if you're not) this is a beautiful article: Pictures Can Lie by Kathy from Kissing the Frog.
4 - One of the ways I keep Peter in our Christmas is by hanging this "Baby's First Christmas" ornament. I wish he was here.
5 - Speaking of Christmas trees... This past Saturday it was near 60 degrees in Central Illinois and the whole family went out to cut down a Christmas tree at a local farm.
6 - The new Backstreet Boys documentary. I want to watch it. Anyone else? Besides Mia?
7 - These have taken way, way, way too long and I just need to be done. Supper needs to be made, kids put to bed, and a movie watched with my husband. It's the first day of Christmas break. :)
Thank you, Kelly, for hosting!