This year Christmas was quite hectic at our house, but so much fun. The best part was having our brother back at home with us, even though it was for not even two weeks. We made Christmas cookies together; of course, Stephen always comes up with the most interesting designs. :) Mom decorated the house mostly, though we helped with the tree and Stephen put together the mantlepiece. While they were making the house beautiful, I spent most of Christmas Eve in the kitchen (naturally). Then it was off to the church to sing for a solemn high Midnight Mass, and then morning high Mass, both of which went very well.
So, here are some pictures. :)
|Mom's favorite statue among the evergreens on the mantle|
|My favorite ornament|
|Playing Axis and Allies|
|My present to Mom: a pair of handmade earrings all wrapped up in my signature plaid tissue and paper doily!|
|My favorite present from Mom and Dad: a Claddagh ring! :D|
|Stephen did the table... academy style. :)|
For New Years we went to my grandmother's house for dinner. Then the next morning Dad left to take Stephen home. Now we're back to the next semester of school and the house is back to being dull as tombs again. But that's ok. Whenever the house gets quiet like this when my brother's gone, I use the time to make plans about what I'm going to do when I graduate this year and my life suddenly becomes completely my own. The places I want to see, things I want to make, trips I want to take... Gosh, I want to go to England. Really badly. I want to go roam the countryside with my sketchbooks and paints, and paint everything I see...
Goodness there I go again. Rambling. Well I hope all of you had a lovely Christmas and have a blessed New Year!