Today is the second day of 2018 and I am exhausted. Which is of no surprise since I went back to my day job today after a nice week at home. Although I still worked a couple evening shifts at my serving job during the holidays, it was so nice to spend some much needed time to myself and with family.

The holiday break started for me on the Friday before Christmas with a nice snowshoe hike with one of my dear friends, Emily. It’s so nice to spend time with friends when I actually have some free time. We went hiking to a local waterfall site and it was the perfect temperature. We sat and drank hot chocolate, took some photos, and listened to the half-frozen waterfall.

After this day, the temperatures began to drop rather quickly. On Christmas Eve, I worked in the morning and then we spent the evening with my family eating a lovely ham feast and exchanging gifts. My mother gifted me a Letterfolk board, which I had been bugging her about for months. I’ve definitely already written up quite a few quotes on it.

On Christmas day, my parents came over to watch the kids open their presents from Santa and we FaceTimed with John’s parents while we opened the gifts that they sent to us. One of the best things about technology is being able to share moments with those so far away. (John’s parents live in Florida and we live way up in the tippy-top of Michigan). Alexander went to his mother’s house after we opened gifts and Lincoln played for hours with his new hockey rink. In the evening we went back to my parent’s house for another family meal. Sadly, Lincoln ended up getting sick after dinner so we headed back home and cuddled up on the couch before bedtime.

The day after Christmas, the temperature did not get much over 1 degree. John was working for the morning so my mom, Lincoln, and I went to see the movie Ferdinand. Lincoln was already in much better spirits than the night before and he had a great time munching on popcorn and laughing at the movie. It was nice to get out of the house for a little while so we didn’t get cabin fever.

Lincoln went back to daycare for the rest of the week on Wednesday so I took advantage and went showshoeing with my mom. (The temperatures were too cold to keep kids out for much longer than they needed). We tried out a trail that we had never gone on before and it was so lovely. There was so much snow covering all the trees and the sun was shining just enough to bring a little extra warmth to our faces. Afterwards, we enjoyed a lunch at a local coffee shop.

Thursday I definitely took advantage of as a rest day. After venturing out to the gym in the morning, I decided to stay in for most of the day, other than joining John at work with some lunch. That evening, Lincoln and I met up with my family at the local Holiday Hockey tournament.  My dad coaches the High School hockey team in my town (hence Lincoln’s love of hockey). His team ended up losing in the championship game and Lincoln even cried because of the loss 😦 Such a sweetie.

One of my favorite days of the holiday break was Friday when my mom and I rented some cross country skis. Surprisingly enough, after downhill skiing/snowboarding since I was 3 years old, I had never given cross country skiing a try. It’s safe to say that I am now in the market for my own pair!

The weekend consisted of me working two different shifts so my time was pretty occupied. On Sunday night we had my family over for Chinese take-out and we spent some time together before it was time for all the kiddos to get some sleep. John and I stayed up late enough to ring in the New Year with each other on the couch and it was perfect.

I already know that 2018 has a lot of exciting things in store for our family and I can’t wait to see what else it brings.

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and has a happy, healthy new year!

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