|The snowman the Heather built and Isaiah (4 years old) painted for me. One of my favorite gifts this year.
|Some of the free Christmas items that one of the thrift stores was giving away. We went on the last day and there were mainly books left. I do love what all I found for us and to share.
~Saturday Jeff and I went into his hometown to go to the movies but decided that sitting for 2 1/2 hours in theater chairs would not be comfortable (both of us were having back problems). We decided to do some shopping and some other fun activities instead.
~We went to one of the local thrift stores and they were giving away all of their Christmas stuff for free. We got a stack of books, 3 cds and some Christmas flowers from the free area and then also found a brand new toilet seat (one of our's needed to be replaced), a package of diapers (in Steven's size for .47), and a Hawaiian cookbook.
~Goodwill was another stop and we found a huge bag full of Lincoln Log type building materials on one of the carts they had just rolled out. I grabbed it quickly before anyone else did because it is perfect for Bradley's upcoming birthday gift in March. Jeff found 2 warm winter shirts. Other finds were new straps for my fitbit (so I can interchange different colors), a large turtle pillow with a removable outside so I can wash it and a CD Jeff wanted.
~Sears had the double packs of the batteries that Jeff wanted for his power tools on sale so we got him those as one of his Christmas gifts.
|Hot Mulled Wine at home using up some leftover wine from our game night.
~We bought some frosted sugar cookies at Winco. They were $1.79 there as opposed to $7.98 for the same size package at another grocery store. (Two days after Christmas we found them there on sale for .98 a package and bought 2 of them).
~We made it into a date night by doing some things on our Christmas list. We had coffee and spiced wine at wonderfully funky little place (and it gave me an idea of what to do with some of the leftover red wine from our party) and then went driving around to see the Christmas lights in different neighborhoods.
|Packaged up Smoked Turkey meat. The rest was made into soup and broth. So yummy!
~Once we got home, we watched "Miracle on 34th Street" (the old version with Natalie Wood) and had hot spiced cider. It was 2F outside at this point, so we did not hot tub as planned).
~Sunday was spent at home getting things done around here. I got the Texas Roadhouse Butter made for gift giving and cut up the Smoked Turkey. Some of the turkey was frozen for later good eating and I also froze the carcass to make soup with. Some of the turkey was prepped and ready to go to Chris and Heather's for our Christmas morning brunch.
|Smoked turkey, stuffing, mago spears and celery sticks made for a wonderful dinner.
~I made some hot mulled wine with some leftover red wine from our party on Friday.
~Monday was spent at both Chris and Heather's and at Jaysn and Rachel's homes. The family all got together at Chris and Heather's for brunch and gifts and then Jeff, Jeremy and I went to Jaysn and Rachel's for dinner. Her mother and sister were supposed to come up but her mother got sick and the roads were so bad near her sister that she turned around and went back home. I am praying that she will be able to make it up this next weekend so we can see here and give her her and her mother's gifts.
~Jaysn and Rachel sent us home with some delicious lasagna that we had for lunch on Tuesday.
~I made some Wassail with some leftover orange juice, some apple cider and spices. Yum! I refrigerated the leftovers and have been enjoying it reheated.
|Homemade Wassail using up the some of the orange juice and apple cider.
~We were blessed with many wonderful gifts but my favorite ones were homemade. Cookies, truffles, a picture collage of Steven, a snowman that Heather put together out of scrap wood and Isaiah painted for me, a beautiful quilted picture of a hummingbird and fuchsias that my mother made for me because it reminded us both of my grandmother, the pretty rocks that Bradley and Isaiah painted along with a special quartz rock that Isaiah found one day when we were at the beach and he remembered how much I liked it and a cookbook that Heather's grandmother compiled of favorite family recipes that we all contributed to were some of the most thoughtful gifts.
~Tuesday I had planned on going to the after Christmas clearance sales but my body was rebelling after all the rich foods and Jeff was not feeling well and thought he might be coming down with a head cold. We decided to just stay home and get gifts put away, laundry done and get Jeff to bed earlier in the day so he could work later in the evening.
~I watched lots of YouTube videos on food storage, pantry challenges and saving money. Getting ready for a January 2018 pantry challenge here.
|A new favorite cookbook. All the recipes remind me of growing up in Hawaii.
My house slippers have been getting a good workout since I wear a pair of them daily inside the house to keep my feet warm. They get tossed in the washer along with the rest of the laundry and I set them up near the pellet stove to dry. It usually only takes an hour or so to have them all dry and ready to use again.
~Wednesday I ran errands and hit the after Christmas clearance sales at Walmart. I am now stocked up on gift bags and plain white gift boxes for the coming year. I also found the Parents Choice Christmas themed diapers for half price and bought 4 boxes of them in 2 sizes for my grandson Steven. Who cares if he looks like he is wearing Santa diapers in the Summer? ;) I also stocked up on my favorite wax melts for my warmer. I used a $25 Walmart gift card that I cashed in at Swagbucks for to cover the cost of my Christmas stock up. Walmart also had marked down containers of cut up mangos so I bought two of them. I paid less for the 2 containers that had about 3 mangos worth of fruit in each one than I would have spent on 2 whole mangos.
~Bath and Body Works has it's big semi annual sale and I bought 5 of my favorite fragrances at 75% off.
|Bath and Body Works 75% off haul.
~Bed, Bath and Beyond had their Christmas fragrance liquid hand soaps for .99 each and I got Christmas themed cocktail napkins for .50 a package.
~I found a sweater, a nice Columbia brand all weather jacket that Jeff and I can share, snow bibs for Bradley, some Lane Bryant jeans for me ($3.00), a Christmas ornament (half price), a new box of 40 freezer ziplock bags for .99 and some cup cake liners for .99.
~Thursday I stayed home and worked on things around here. We got some bad news on the health of a extended family member who is dying so I needed to get as much done as I could so that I could be free to help out where needed.
~Friday Jeff and I met Heather in town and took Bradley and Isaiah to lunch while she went to visit her grandmother. We went to Pizza Hut and ordered 2 of their $10 boxed meals because we thought the boys would be hungry. They were not so we ended up bringing home pizza, breadsticks and cinnasticks.
~We took the boys to a free play area in the mall where they were happy to see some of their friends from Awana and they all played together before Heather came to get them.
|Bed Bath and Beyond after Christmas Clearance haul.
~Winco was out next stop where we picked up some kitty litter, dog food, bananas and lemons. Hopefully this will be the only time we need to make a grocery store trip for the next two weeks.
~Since we had a $20 free reward punch card filled at one of our favorite thrift stores, we stopped there and found a great sale going on. All adult clothing marked at $3.89 (which is most of it) was $1.99. We got a shirt and a brand new robe for me, 2 shirts for Jeff and a sweatshirt for Jeff. The kids clothing was $1.59 each so we got Steven a little Hawaiian shirt and then found lots of dress shirts for Bradley and Isaiah. Jeff found a cd he wanted and I found a scarf .99 and brand new bread pan .79.
~We had leftovers for dinner Friday night and watched some episodes of a TV series that we have on DVD.
|Christmas gift from Heather's parents. That wine glass had me laughing so hard!
Our plans for tonight are to have a quiet and frugal night here to ring in the New Year. Chris is working tonight as they have called in extra deputies with the holiday drinking and driving the uptick in domestic calls. In light of the shooting where an officer was killed and 4 others injured this morning in Colorado, my son's department is on high alert because they do not want an incident like that here. My heartfelt prayers are with the families of the officer who lost his life and the officers who were injured and their families also. When something like this happens, it just heightens my fear for my own son. Be safe, and be blessed.