Merry Christmas friends! We had a white Christmas. We spent a lot of time sleeping in and watching movies – I still may be doing more of that that on my week off. I have hibernated by the fireplace a lot. I have had a cold the last week but that has been an excuse for a lot of naps…A LOT!

This Christmas break has included a bonfire when it is negative degrees outside (OK it doesn’t really get that cold in GA), a slumber party with 15 high school and college ladies- complete with cupcakes, pizza rolls, cakes AND a successful rolling (that’s right I’m 29 and rolled a house…I’m not ashamed…OK I am a little).  Sorry Zach and Brandon – we love you! I was mom having to find lost cell phones and herding the ladies to move it.

Also included in this break was a Christmas party with rum cupcakes, FIVE loafs of beer bread (an amazing recipe from the Reeves), and a tie that sings. We had so much fun with family and friends over the many celebrations.  My niece, Addison, told me to ask my mom if I could come over to her house one day but my mom would have to drop me off at her house. I’ll talk to my mom. I take that as a compliment from a 3 year old. We played My Little Ponies for hours on Christmas Eve.

We have never claimed to live a fancy life and never ever want to live a fancy life. We like our simple little house and simple little life. On Christmas Eve I got a fancy gift from my in-laws for my car. For those of you who don’t know, a few months ago I wrecked my favorite Volvo in the whole world. After the bottom fell out of the Volvo (literally), I bought a 1994 Toyota Corolla for a STEAL (that’s right I said 1994 – you’re probably thinking that better be a steal because that is a really old car). But it drives great, has low miles, gets great gas mileage, and it has a tape deck.  That’s right folks a tape deck with 5 radio presets. Our friends the Gantz’s gave me some wonderful tapes (think Jerry Garcia for kids – one of my favs) but this year I will be putting those tapes on CDs because I got a CD player for my car. WOO WOO – welcome to 1999 folks! I sound sarcastic about this gift but it really is one of my favorite gifts this year. I can hook up my iPod and listen to some CDs or Greg can make me a mixed CD – hint hint (he still does this for me from time to time).

Planning some fun trips in the spring including some races in neighboring towns and a weekend at camp with my high school ladies. Pictures to come!

Sorry – we didn’t do a Christmas card this year so this picture is our Christmas card. Hope you all had a Merry Ho Ho! Heart, Jess

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