Wow, what a Christmas it's been! First of all, we had a busy Christmas Eve preparing for our family to be at our house for the evening's celebrations. It was crazy and hectic, but fun.
Then yesterday we had a bit of the morning to ourselves, opening presents. The second that was done, we got a call from our son who is serving an LDS mission in Ohio, so we talked to him for an hour. Ah man, it was AWESOME to hear his laugh! Can't wait to see him again in five months!
Then about 1/2 hour after that, my parents, grandparents and a couple of siblings arrived for brunch. That was yummy. They hung out for awhile, watched Toy Story 3 and then went on to another sister's house. The grandparents stayed here since that sister had chicken pox at her house.
Meanwhile, the in laws arrived for more present exchanging and then it was dinner time. The grandparents said, "But didn't we just barely eat??? I'm so not hungry!" (It had actually been about six hours since brunch by then!)
Once that was over, the in laws went out one door, the parents came in the other to retrieve the grandparents, and they were on their way. By that time it was 8:00 p.m.! Whew! What a day!
And finally I had time to sit down and play with my new laptop! Yes, my very very own computer! It's the strangest concept and will take me awhile to get used to the idea! I'm so excited!
Of course, then there are the books. Wow, there's a bunch of new books that I'm very much looking forward to reading. Here's a stack picture of all the books the whole family received:
A special thanks to Angie from Texas for the Calpurnia Tate book and The Memory Bank! I will love them! And if you visit here, please comment with a link to your blog so I can come visit you! :)
As for the actual reading I've been doing towards my lofty goal? Yes, I've managed to finish a couple. The Secret Life of a Teenage Siren by Wendy Toliver. Fun, but the very definition of fluffy. The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt and yes you guys were right, it was wonderful. And now I'm in the middle of The Chosen Ones by Carol Lynch Williams which is quite gut wrenching.
And now, how am I supposed to pick from the above stack what to read next? I'm in a very big overwhelmed state here!
How about you? Did you have a wonderful weekend with your families? Are you now overwhelmed with new books to read? Are you finding time to enjoy and relax, or does the fast pace never seem to let up?