Wowza, I’m late with this post!  Okay, so…we left town for two weeks to visit with my sister and her fam in South Carolina for a couple of days while waiting for Mom and Dad to return from Hawaii.  While we were there, we were able to celebrate my niece’s birthday, my brother-in-law’s birthday, and catch Star Wars (victories, all of them).  We also checked out a neat light display and went to their super cute country church where everyone knows your name.  Except ours because we were newbies but that’s okay.  Pictures below are from the Hopeland Gardens light display and yes, that’s Mrs. Claus!

Once it was time to wrap it up in SC, we grabbed Mom and Dad’s dog, Kona, AKA “Kona Beenie Weenie Black and Teenie” and Daisy and hit the road for Lake Gaston, North Carolina for a day and a half before flying up to Pittsburgh to see Dave’s family.  We had time for a couple of Puppucinos and waffles while in NC.


Oh Pittsburgh!  We helped my father-in-law tile the kitchen floor.  Christmas isn’t typically a DIY home renovation time for most people but since we see our family so rarely we all jump on the opportunity to get a little help from each other.  Fortunately Dave’s extended family members were gracious enough to have us over this year.  Finally we caught a performance of the Nutcracker at the Benedum Theatre in downtown Pittsburgh.  We spent a lot of time with family and friends, including Jeff and Trina, yay!  The four of us went to Phipps Conservatory for Trina’s first Phipps experience.  Their Christmas display is pretty killer and if you ever get the chance to experience it, don’t pass it up.

Okay, back to NC to spend a few more days with my parents.  Remember what I said about home improvement projects during the holidays?  Enter my nephew’s bunk bed project.  We couldn’t find any that didn’t cost an arm and a leg so I convinced my husband and dad that they’d have a really good time working on this over Christmas and New Years instead of watching football all day. I used the “simple bunk bed” plans from Ana White here and we made a pyramid bunk with a double on the bottom and single topside.  Check out our progress, this happened in two and a half days with three people working on it (Dad and Dave did most of the work but I sanded over half of the materials, did some of the finish work, and frequently ran to the nearest Ace Hardware to get everything we forgot to pick up on previous trips).

Another crazy Christmas in the books.  As for New Year’s resolutions, I kind of gave up on making formal resolutions but we’re consistently eating healthier, more active, and more positive.  Win.


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