The boys woke before 6a.m. (of course), and we weren't thrilled about it. But we decided to make the best of it.
It was pouring down RAIN, cold, and so dreary.
We went to 7a.m. Mass, and that in & of itself was peaceful. Good way to start the day, and being the early Mass, it wasn't overcrowded. That made it more peaceful for me. The music was prayerful and soothing.
It was just a very nice feeling to have Mass 1st thing in the morning like that.
From there we went to Meijer to get bacon & other groceries. Knowing the rain was supposed to turn into a lot of snow, this was a good decision.
We got our groceries and headed home for Pat to make us a DELICIOUS breakfast of bacon, eggs, and toast.
Making Sunday incredibly relaxing, dinner was made while breakfast was being made. Ha! How, you may ask? Well, we tried a new recipe for Beef Stew. So after Mass, the boys were playing, Christmas music was on, Pat was cooking breakfast, and I was prepping dinner for the crock pot. Making it even better, the rain turned into gorgeous snow falling! The boys were fascinated.
I tried to capture a picture of how hard the snow was falling...wasn't so successful
I have to admit, I may have been a little giddy-happy about having both breakfast & dinner done at the same time, at least as far as cooking goes. Ha! But it made the day so much more enjoyable and less stressful. The house smelled good from the stew cooking, and I didn't have to do anything else. I told Pat all Sundays should be like that!
We lounged around for a bit, and then this pregnant-chick was able to NAP. Bliss! Oh, speaking of, Sunday marked 29 weeks, so here ya go:
About 10 more weeks left of baby-invasion within my body!
(Andrea, this one was for you;)
I woke from nap & my wonderful husband had gotten the boys dressed to play in the snow. They had so much fun! It was cute seeing them out there, enjoying the snow & each other's company (without fighting!).
The boys came in to some hot chocolate and Brennan revealed some awesome hat-hair. I couldn't resist a picture:
Aidan, Brennan & I did some arts & crafts while Pat studied, and not too long after it was time for dinner. I am happy to say that the beef stew turned out well! It was quite good. The only thing we didn't care for was that it sat heavy...you got to burp it up all night. Too often good food does that!
It was just one of those good-feeling, at-home family days.
I hope much of Christmas vacation will be like that.
And guess what?! It will ALL be without Pat having to study or stress over school! (because right now, he's taking his LAST final!)