I did get a lot of baking done. As soon as school was over on Thursday I had molasses cookies and spritz cookies whipped up and ready to go. I found my grandma's old cookie press and after getting the hang of it vowed to use it instead of making cutout cookies henceforth and forevermore. Cutout cookies and decorating are fun for about two and a half seconds. Spritz cookies still have the same sugary deliciousness and some fun shapes without all of the rolling and cutting and pain-in-the-assery.
We have been enjoying sub-zero temperatures which has been fun for our old plumbing and we've been dealing with frozen pipes in our downstairs bathroom. Also over the course of the week we've all been sick.
Last Saturday we were supposed to go to Justin's parents' house for their Christmas with his mom's side but I woke up feeling like death--my sinuses were so full that my head felt like it weighed a thousand pounds--so I had to stay home. They had a great time exchanging gifts and eating all of the good foods (including the cookies I baked) while I cried into my tissue box. They were super nice and saved Jackson's gifts for Christmas day when we got together again so I didn't miss him opening them.
I was feeling 84.3% better by the time Christmas was over so we went out and bought the gift I have been waiting for--A NEW DISHWASHER. We also painted the dining room. At night. After Jackson had gone to bed.
Justin and Jackson both cycled through snotty noses and coughs so while we are all recovering I have been viciously cleaning every surface of my house hoping to kill the germs.
It shouldn't surprise you that we didn't have big party plans for New Year's Eve, but we were planning a low-key night at our house with a few people that we ended up cancelling. When I woke up for church this morning Justin was already up. And puking. I had to play organ for both services but thankfully Jackson slept a good chunk of the time I was gone so that Justin could rest. Now both of my boys are in bed and I'm debating whether or not I will stay up to ring in the new year by myself.
Despite a few hiccups (and throw ups) the holiday season and the whole past year have been pretty good to us, bringing blessings beyond measure. I can't wait to see what 2018 has in store.