Well, we have just returned from a little winter holiday feeling rested and content. We spent the first two weeks of the month in Maui. We thought we were leaving just in time to miss the big storm here but we just flew to an equally large storm there. Actually it was a Monsoon and there was a few hours one day where it rained 4 inches an hour. Not total- each hour for a few hours. Crazy. Roads were wahsed out, schools were closed and a chunk of the island lost power for a couple of days. We only lost power at night so we fared pretty well. We sat in the condo and made paper chains and I crocheted neck warmers. After the first week the sun came out and we had tons of fun boogie boarding and playing in the sun and sand. I lived there for a while about 14 years ago and still have a dear friend over there so it was fun to reconnect with her and see her lovely children. We had not been anywhere for a vacation in many years so it felt indulgent and was such a nice time to reconnect with my kids and hubby for two weeks of no phone and no computer. When we got back the phone at our house was actually down so until late afternoon when they fixed it we still had the luxury of not being distracted with calling folks. It must have gone out that first day we were gone because there weren't any messages so it was also nice to not feel that pressure of getting back to folks. It was a nice way to ease back into things. The photo above is of my girl at The Sacred Garden in the Labryinth. The kids were too squirelly to sit through the guest lecture that day which was given by the author of ,"Too Much Thinking, Not Enough Pooping!". Could have been a good lecture! Here is a beautiful Hawaiian quilt that was at the hotel- I would love to learn how to do this. And here is a shot of the ceiling of a Korean temple we visted . So gorgeous.
We arrived home at our house about 12:30 a.m. and the next day we went out to get our Christmas tree. This whole Christmas season is feeling very condensed so we had to get to it. I didn't even unpack most of my ornaments. Here are the decorations I did manage to put out. The wreath is one I made several years ago. One of my chenille Santa's made it into this one.
I hope everyone is enjoying the countdown! Just a week left!!