Oh the holidays were such a busy, busy time for our family. I didn't even see the days go by, it seemed as if it was one big flash and then it was all over. Christmas is officially over for one more year, we have yet to take down the tree and as much as we all love celebrating and as much of a fun time we had, I think it's safe to say we are all exhausted and could use a little R&R. 

We celebrated Christmas Eve here at home, it was Baby M's first Christmas celebration (and also her 1st birthday the weekend before) so I was happy most of the family was able to make it. We had a nice turkey dinner, way too much food. We exchanged gifts, we celebrated good times and caught up with loved ones we hadn't seen in a while.

The kids let us sleep a little bit on Christmas morning, despite being super excited to see what Santa brought for everyone. They each got almost everything they asked for including each a Furby Boom - those were a hit even with the hubby! Hubby ended up with a tool set, some PJs and other manly gifts. I didn't score too badly either with nice new adidas suit and a comfy grey pull over from hubby, some other tops and socks to match the Adidas suit too. I also got some requested beauty products from my dad (those will be showcased on Simple Beauty Sense), chocolates from my sister in law and a Glade Waxs Melts warmer from my parents in law with some comfy holiday PJs! 

Unfortunately my side of the family couldn't be here on Christmas Eve. My mother was out of town for the holidays, spending some time with my older brother and his family but my father did make it over for an early Christmas day dinner and more gift exchanging! I am grateful I got to see everyone I did this Christmas, that I think was the best gift besides the smiles on everyones faces.

The worst gift was on boxing day, my coffee maker broke. I should rephrase that, Christmas broke my coffee maker. We usually kill a coffee maker a year but the timing was just all wrong. I guess it being a small, cheaper machine, it couldn't take all the coffee making we were doing as holiday hosts. Boxing Day morning, coffee could not be brewed and you would think I'd have a jar of instant or something, nope. We were caffeine free for most of the day. 

Luckily it was Boxing Day and almost everything was on sale that day and the following week. As nice as a single cup coffee maker is, we needed something of both quality and quantity as we always have coffee on the brew whether it be for us or guests who happen to come by, it's a very much used appliance in our kitchen. 

Hubby bought a nice 12-cup T-Fal brewer. I know T-Fal is a reliable brand when it comes to small appliances and so far we are not disappointed. Life can now go back to normal, one cup at a time! ;-)

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