Most years December is a busy stressful month but this year it actually felt calm after all of the events of the previous few months! LOL
The first weekend of the month we traveled as a family to Frankenmuth to visit Bronner's and get the girls' photos with Santa. (Stephanie's mother and sister came with us but her dad and Lou both had to work so couldn't come along.)After Bronner's we had a late lunch at Tony's I-75 dinner which is know for it's BLT's made with a POUND of bacon! then the little girls and the guys hung out at the hotel while the big girls had a bit of "retail therapy" at the shops downtown. While at the hotel the babies had their first swim in a pool.
We had our Lyon Family Holiday Gathering on the 5th. Karen and Kathy threw themselves into planning a good time for all (and distracted themselves from their holidays as widows in the process). It was wonderful seeing all of the "kids" (adult nieces and nephews) that we rarely see and having so many new babies there.
I really enjoyed Christmas this year. The kids and grandkids were all here Christmas morning and I just relaxed and enjoyed their company and watching the babies open and play with their toys. We did a brunch this year instead of the big dinner so that Kim and Jason and their families could enjoy the afternoon with in-laws without as much rushing around. We gathered together again in the evening for movies and games. :)
We ended the year on New Year's Eve with a quiet evening at home with tv, snacks, champagne, and family.