It's the second day of the New Year, and things are calm. I just got done cleaning my whole house for the New Year refresh. It feels good. I didn't do a lot of picture taking and posting over the Holidays. I wanted to be in the moment, and not be spending the whole time taking pictures. I wanted to spend the Holidays with my family, looking at it with my eyes and not through a screen. It felt so good! I did take a few pictures, but the moments behind the photos are the things that matter most.
Christmas Eve morning, my family went down to Northwest Portland to look around, and fulfill our annual and yearly tradition. There were the same shops we always enjoy looking through, and there were a couple of new shops that we added to the list of our favorites. We spent about a couple hours down in Northwest Portland because we had to get back home in time for both myself and my sister to go to work. Yes, we unfortunately had to work both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but we still got to spend that precious time with family. I am so appreciative of my family for making Christmas work out even though my sister and I both had to work.
Christmas Eve was wonderful! After work, my sister and I met up with everybody else at my Aunt's house. My Uncle made a fabulous turkey, and the dinner spread was absolutely fabulous. It was so much fun seeing the girls open up their gifts. I love the childhood excitement of Christmas.
A big part of our Holidays "last year" of 2015 was our tree. It had character, and it was the experience of getting our tree that made it so special.
With the busy mornings we had over the Christmas Holidays, we were unable to make our traditional Christmas breakfast on Christmas, so my dad made amazing egg nog French toast on Sunday, December 27th. It was delightful! I could not stop eating the French toast. Dad always makes a scrumptious breakfast.
The days in between Christmas and New Years were filled with enjoying our gifts, coffee, working, and too many sweets. Oops! The stomach aches were worth it! :) I love Christmas goodies.
New Years Eve came around, and I spent my morning making these adorable paper shaker wands for ringing in the New Year in a quiet way. They were easy to make, and my little cousins enjoyed
shaking them at 12:00 am, January 1st, 2016! They were adorable, and were perfect were ringing in the New Year. I have loved spending New Years Eve with my Aunt, Uncle and cousins for the past few years. They are always fun company.
For a New Years Eve snack, I made everybody Beer Cheese fondue. Cheese fondue is one of my favorites! Everybody enjoyed it. Again, the fondue was super easy to make. Perfect for a laid back New Years Eve. After working straight through the holidays, a laid back New Years Eve was just perfect.
12:00 am. January 1st. 2016.