I love doing the last roundup of the year because I feel such a sense of accomplishment. I finished a whole year of roundups. I’ve done that for 5 years in a row now! That’s 60 months of my life that have been documented and remembered. I plan to keep going strong with my monthly roundups in 2011 as well. But first, I must finish off 2010 with December’s roundup.
Nothing noteworthy. I’m afraid you will see that as a running theme through this December roundup. I was sick (and everyone in my family was also) almost the entire month and between trying to finish up homeschool, preparing for Christmas, and doctor’s appointments, not much else got done in December.
For some reason we watched 5 out of the 6 Star Wars movies in December. Never planned on doing that, but the kids were interested and we had fun with it. We are still trying to convince them that old Star Wars movies are better than the new ones. Even with the less-stellar special effects, you gotta love Hans Solo.
The only Christmas show I watched was 1/2 of ELF (one of my favorites). I can’t believe I never finished that or watched anything else holiday related! We enjoyed watching the season finale of Survivor and we were pleased that our guy won!
The one weekend I felt good was the weekend of my husband’s company party. It was held at the Grand America which is Utah’s only 5 star hotel. We got a discounted rate because of the party so we packed up the kids and stayed overnight. It is by far the nicest hotel I’ve ever stayed in. Unfortunately, hubby was totally sick that weekend so we didn’t stay as long as we would have liked to. We did get to dress up all fancy for the party.
and they had the most amazing Gingerbread house display in the hotel. We enjoyed seeing all of the amazing creations!
That sort of made up for missing our annual trip to the Festival of Trees. I guess there’s always next year.
December is a big month for gift giving and I feel like I did well on both ends of this. I will blog in more detail about a few of these gifts later on in the month.
- Wii games (Wii carnival and Wii party) to my parents since they got a Wii for Christmas
- a funny New Mexico t-shirt, a chili cookbook, and a chili kit to my brother Mike
- spices from Etsy and a Ratatouille pin for my brother Zach (he’s in culinary school)
- Play tickets to my in-laws
- We exchanged a night of babysitting + a restaurant gift certificate with my Sister-in-Law & her hubby. We are going to make that an annual tradition which is so nice!
- Lego mini-figure collector case, Lego vintage mini-figures for my nephew (who loves Legos as much as I do)
- Groovy Girls for my nieces
- Playstation sport games for my husband
- Board games, books, video games, & stuffed animals for my kids.
- Lego Hogwarts castle & Lego Hogwarts train (yay!)
- cool puzzle calendar
- money from both of our parents (always a favorite!)
- Magazines from my son (including one with Johnny Depp on the cover!)
- knitted bookmark from my daughter
A LOT of bookcases from IKEA. Pictures and details will be shared soon.
I already mentioned that I was sick for most of the month. It started with a sinus infection + bronchitis right after Thanksgiving. I completely lost my voice for 4 days. I kept getting worse even after I was on antibiotics so the doctor added another one I felt mostly better after a full 10 days on antibiotics. Then my husband got the same thing. Then my son got the same thing. Then my daughter got 2 ear infections. Then I got the same thing again, only I was sure it was pneumonia that time. Seriously, my lungs have never hurt so bad. I have never coughed so much. I went back on antibiotics 3 days before Christmas and I still felt completely miserable on Christmas. Between the 4 of us, we have had 7 different antibiotic prescriptions and 7 different doctor’s visits since Thanksgiving. My son and I both still have a lingering cough but we are all mostly better now.
I got through the month somehow and still pulled off Christmas. I was a guest on 2 episodes of the Digi Show Podcast, I blogged for The Daily Digi and recapped an entire lifetime of my Christmas memories here on this blog.
My husband’s grandmother passed away. It’s not really a disappointment I guess since she was 86 years old and lived a great life, but it is still sad to not have her here anymore. She was like my own grandmother since my grandparents have all been gone for quite some time.
I didn’t take any pictures on Christmas (or at least any that worked out). I knew I would regret it later, but I was just too sick to care.
I think it’s safe to say that I didn’t focus very much on my goals in December. I honestly think we would never need New Year’s Resolutions if we didn’t have the month of December. I fell into a lot of bad habits in December (eating candy all day long, staying up late, sleeping in, letting work pile up, not exercising, etc.)
I’m very proud of myself for finally turning my roundups into a scrapbook album! You can see the full details on The Daily Digi. I also scrapped a few other pages during the month for a total of 27 layouts. All of the images below are linked to the original blog posts.
and now I can add the journaling page for December! I will just copy and paste information from this blog post.
What a month!
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