Welcome to the eighth week of Bricks ‘n Blooms Weekly!
I hope you all had a great week and enjoyed the holiday with your families!
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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms
I finally got the gifts wrapped!
Every year, I wait until the last minute and it becomes stressful.
So this year, I planned ahead. Got all of my supplies early.
And still procrastinated. LOL!
Maybe next year.
We had a great Christmas this year, despite it being a little different.
On Christmas Eve, I cooked a clambake. My sister-in-law and her family came over, which was much smaller than our typical 30 people family gathering.
We still had fun but it wasn’t the same.
My nephew is leaving for boot camp after the holidays, so it was really nice to spend some time with him before he goes.
The stove top clambake was SO good by the way.
Every time I make it, I have every intention of getting good pics of it.
But we just get right into eating it.
So hopefully I’ll get better photos next time. LOL!
Part of the balance of blogging and living a real life is putting the camera down.
And just being present in the moment.
As much as I want to document it, I don’t want to distract from what the day is really about just to get the perfect photo.
On Christmas Day, it was just us. So we enjoyed a really slow morning.
We opened gifts.
My kids made monkey bread. It’s our annual Christmas morning tradition.
We enjoyed a nice warm fire and watched a few Christmas movies together.
And because I focused on a clambake the day before, I ordered a freshly prepared meal kit from our local farm, Alstede Farms, to make for Christmas dinner.
It was SO good and required little effort from me!
The menu included short ribs, butternut squash soup, roasted vegetables, mac ‘n cheese, applesauce and homemade apple pie.
Merry Christmas to me!
The day hit a small snag when our master bath shower leaked into my new laundry room and basement.
What would Christmas be without a plumbing leak, am I right? Ugh.
It happened just before I started prepping the meal.
That’s SO 2020.
Anyway, we lit the candles on the Advent Wreath I made this week.
I really love how this turned out by the way and will make it again next year.
Remember when I said I was going to make more of these paper bag snowflakes? Well, I didn’t. Time got away from me. Maybe I’ll incorporate a few with my winter decor after I remove all signs of Christmas.
Thankful For The Friends I’ve Made on This Journey
One of my favorite thing about blogging is the great friends I’ve made.
And I want to share the best of the best with you today because I wouldn’t be where I am now without their help and am truly appreciative of their friendship.
Check out their beautiful homes.
From gardening, to home decor to creative, unique DIYs, I know you’ll love them as much as I do.
Ann – Dabbling and Decorating
Kim – Shiplap and Shells
Rachel – The Ponds Farmhouse
Kristin – White Arrows Home
Ann and Ann Marie – Simply 2 Moms
KariAnne – Thistlewood Farms
Jennifer – Cottage on Bunker Hill
Chas – Chas Crazy Creations
Thanks for stopping by the blog today and everyday! I really appreciate all of your sweet comments and feedback. I hope you enjoy the holidays!
Enjoy your day! xoxo
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