We've had a wonderful end to 2014 and beginning of 2015!
There were a few very quiet days there between Christmas and the arrival of our
Hughes family when we mastered our puzzle skills
And Lilli mastered the awesome engineering set that Lindsay
and Michael so kindly sent.
(Of course, I read lots of books.)
Then it was time for a whirlwind of fun! Aunt Julia and Jim
arrived first, and we had a nice night catching up with Aunt Julia and getting
to know Jim. The next day, "the cousins" arrived (aka Sophia and
Audrey, of course with Uncle Parks and Aunt Lexi), as did Coach and Lil! It was
so much fun to have a full house. The kids got in some good playing time, and
the grown-ups enjoyed watching UGA win their bowl game. Coach even brought me
some eye black to help cheer them on! (I only trusted Uncle Parks to apply it.)
On New Year's Eve, Aunt Lexi and Mom took the kids to see
The Light Princess in Cambridge. It was our second year running, and we loved
it just as much, or maybe even more, this time! In the afternoon, it was
finally time to do our Hughes family Christmas. That's right - we rang in 2015
with more presents!
Scout, of course, was right in the middle of things with us.
Aunt Julia gave Lilli some makeup, and she quickly shared it with Sophia! Don't they look
On New Year's Day, we trekked out to the marine lab with the
intention of running off some extra energy, but it was COLD, and all we managed
to do was shelter in the greenhouse and then tour the lab.
Back at home, we burned off that energy with noise makers
and marches around the house to celebrate 2015!
That afternoon Mom and Lil cooked up a big feast, the kids played
and everyone else vegged out watching football. (Minus us
kids, they were a pretty sorry bunch!)
Aunt Julia and Jim had to leave the next day, and we were
sad to see them go. To cheer ourselves up, we went ice skating!
Dad and I each perfected our wipeout, but everyone else
mostly stayed on their feet!
That night it was Dad's turn to cook an epic dinner that was
so good that apparently none of the grown-ups remembered to go to sleep on
Yesterday, it was time to say goodbye to Sophia, Audrey,
Uncle Parks, and Aunt Lexi. We were very bummed to see them go - we so love
visiting with them!
we still had a few days with Lil and Coach. They helped Lilli make some
delicious banana muffins yesterday,
And then Lilli and I went to our first skating lesson of the
season. We got all of our kinks out the day before and both did an excellent
job! I was pretty proud of my swizzles and stopping. (That's me in front in the black and grey, and Lilli behind me in pink.)
Last night we had our first snow of the holidays! It was
pretty when we went to bed, but by morning it had all turned to rain and slush.
Undeterred, we ventured out to the Harvard Museum of Natural History to
So many cool things to see! We topped it off with lunch at a
great place recommended by Torrie. This afternoon we are taking it easy in
preparation for Coach and Lil's departure early tomorrow and our return to
school. It will be good to get back into a routine, but we are sad to see the
end of the holiday, and especially sad to say goodbye to all of our family!
Hopefully we can see them all again soon.
Best wishes to you all for a wonderful 2015!