What's Up Wednesday-- December 2020

I know it's not the last Wednesday of the month but with Christmas this week & New Year's next week  I'll be taking a couple mini blogging breaks so I'm trying to squeeze in some last minute posts to wrap up our year.   
What We're Eating This Week: 
Sunday: We ate Christmas brunch at my in laws so we planned a light "sandwiches" dinner and everyone made their own sandwiches. 

Monday: Italian herb marinated chicken with rice and roasted fresh vegetables from our Misfits box. 


Tuesday: Tacos and taco salad.


Wednesday: Fish casserole (with homemade chicken fingers and baked potatoes for the boys)


Thursday: X-mas eve we go to my mom's house and eat take out pizza with assorted nibbles and desserts. 

Friday: We're hosting Christmas brunch and cooking up scrambled eggs, bacon, and homemade croissants before heading to my in law's house for dinner. 

What I'm Reminiscing About:  Past Christmases!  We've been telling all sorts of family stories-- like the year Santa came back when we were at brunch because he found a few missing presents on his sleigh. 





What I'm Loving: My new Color Street nail wraps; I 've tried them on a few nails and both times the nail wraps lasted a full week! (even then they still looked great but I was ready for a change on all the other nails that looked chipped.  This week I am doing a full hand of wraps in a beautiful blue glitter to go with my holiday outfit(s). 




What We've Been Up To: We did a lot of hiking this month!  We started our month with a quarantine but none of us showed any signs of symptoms.  We watched lots of Christmas movies, worked on some craft projects, did some holiday baking, put together a new puzzle, and tackled lots of school work (both in homeschooling and through virtual schooling for Alec). 





















What I'm Dreading: Having a brand new driver out on the winter roads.  Gosh how I wished Ian had been able to get his license in the fall instead of the middle of December. 

What I'm Working On: Not so much "I" as "We" (meaning my husband)... we're still working on fixing the plumbing.  We have one of the 4 toilets fixed-- thankfully none of the others have begun leaking so we can take these upgrades one at a time at our own pace. 

What I'm Excited About: Christmas!  I think I even managed to keep a few surprises for each of my boys.  (Which gets much harder to do the older they get).   

What I'm Watching/Reading: I've been watching all sorts of wonderful Christmas movies, some "new" to me shows, and re-watching some old favorites.  You can see a full list of what I've been watching here




So far I've read 9 book already this month and while my full review won't be posted until sometime between Christmas and New Year's I do recommend this wonderful book gifted to me by Sarah of Sunshine & Books since I won a giveaway on her blog.  It is such a cute and heartwarming Christmas story!



 
What I'm Listening to: Christmas music!  It's the only time of year I listen to them and I love belting out the lyrics. 

What I'm Wearing:  Lots of cardigans, sweaters, and layers.  











What I'm Doing This Weekend: Most likely I'll be taking down all our holiday decorations and packing everything away.  I always say I'll leave our decorations up to enjoy but in the midst of finding homes for all our new gifts I always end up getting this overwhelming feeling to get the whole house cleaned up and organized. 

What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month: Celebrating Alec's birthday, perhaps getting in a few more snowshoe hikes, and getting the whole house cleaned and organized.  I always have so much energy after Christmas to put the whole house in order.  

What Else is New: Nothing much at all. It's been a very quiet month and it's looking like next month will be pretty quiet too. 

Linking Up With: Mid-week link up,








Comments

  1. Merry Christmas Joanne! Hope it is amazing day for you and your family- love all of your festive baking and crafting as always!

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    1. Thanks, Holly! Merry Christmas to you and your family as well.

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  2. I need to come eat at your house: the food always looks delicious! Merry Christmas!
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  3. Yum, your taco salad looks so nice and fresh!! I love your fuzzy socks, I have a similar pair and now I practically live in them! Just wondering, do you have Goodreads? If so I would love to follow you on there! Wishing you and your family a wonderful day!

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    1. I am on Goodreads but unless I'm reading a book through my Kindle (where it automatically marks it as being read or finished on Goodreads) I never think to do much with it.

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  4. Your gingerbread houses are AMAZING!! They look professionally decorated! Jacob asked me the other day how the pictures of the gingerbread houses on the boxes looked so perfect and I told him there are some people who are just super talented with food decorating... you are one of them!!

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  5. Loved seeing what you've been up to, Joanne. Did you craft all the Christmas cards you sent out? That's amazing!! Even if you just did a few, I am impressed. Love the two you shared.

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    1. Thank you! Merry Christmas to you too, Nancy!

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  7. The taco salad. Yum. I need to make that. Your clothes are just the cutest. I love your style. I love looking at Christmas past too. Have a Merry Christmas and enjoy your blogging break!!!

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    1. Aw, thanks! I never feel my outfits quite live up to style posts but I do try to look nice while still being comfortable. Merry Christmas to you and your family as well.

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  8. A busy month for you! I am remember Chirstmases past as well. When we were watching Elf and Buddy went to the mall Annabelle asked why nobody had any masks on.....I hope you have a very Merry Christmas friend!

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    1. It is funny to watch shows and movies where no one is wearing masks! I've been looking over old posts for the whole year and it's so odd to see the progression.

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  9. Looks like you've had a good month overall! Merry Christmas to your family.

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  10. I'm just catching up on some blog reading and then we're going to be taking down Christmas (and what's left of Channukah) today too! I love cleaning up after the holidays. It makes the house feel so fresh and clean.

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    1. It sure does! I always find myself rearranging furniture and organizing new spaces too.

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