Monday, December 30, 2013

Weekend Recap & Rounding Out Christmas Festies

First off I must admit that I am so ready for this work week to be over with & it is only Monday.
This week is going to be just like last week...
Monday 9-4
Tuesday 9-2
Wednesday OFF
Thursday 9-4
Friday - Sunday OFF
This on again off again relationship I am having with work is actually getting annoying. 
I like routine and I cannot have a routine with this type of schedule.

Now that I have got that off my chest...
Here is my little weekend recap.
We finished off our Christmas Festivities on Friday by celebrating at my Grandma and Dave's for the Spiker Family Christmas. We all bring food and gather around and eat at 5:00. After everyone is done eating we all head to the living room to open gifts (with an exception of last year. We actually had lots of snow on the ground and we were all outside on the fourwheelers pulling eachother on the sleds in the dark until almost 10:00 and had to be forced to come in and open gifts) We try to avoid total chaos while opening gifts and since my Grandpa Spiker loved Christmas everyone goes around taking turns opening one gift at a time. It has taught all us kids to truly appreciate our gifts and be thankful.

The total chaos starts after the opening of gifts when we take our traditional family pictures

After the pictures the kids start playing in the basement usually with the new toys they have just opened and us adult head to the dining room for the white elephant gift exchange. Unfortunately I did not get any pictures of it this year but it included 5 or 6 different bottles of wine, some candle warmers, lottery tickets, movie theater gift cards and some other random stuff. 
No one usually wants the game to end so we just keep stealing gifts from each other and the last unopened one is left on the table for quite a while.
After the gift exchange is over most of the little kids are tired so the gifts are packed in the cars, leftovers are put into tupper ware for everyone to take home and hugs and kisses are given and we all head home.

Now that Christmas 2013 is over we are left to think about the New Year, but I will save that for tomorrow.

Saturday I cleaned up a little bit and put away Christmas gifts.
All that cleaning came to a stop when Mom texted me to see if I wanted to go to the movies with her.
We decided to see Saving Mr Banks. 
Anthony doesn't typically get into these kind of movies so when the invitation comes up to go with my Mom I of course jump on it plus I don't remember the last time I went to the movies with her let alone the last time I did go to the movies was on our honeymoon.
Saving Mr Banks was really good and I would definitely consider adding it to my collection of movies. I need to see Mary Poppins because I don't remember watching it before so that would probably benefit me.

Saturday night Mom and Dad added a new furbaby to their family.
Anthony's Mom had sold a puppy almost 2 years ago to a family and their kids have developed an allergy to him so they contacted Theresa and wanted to see if she wanted him back in order to rehome him. That was back in October. On Christmas Eve she asked me if Mom would be interested in him, of course her answer was yes. So we went there on Saturday night to pick him up. Oh and funny tid bit...his name is also TANK
We were talking about changing it to Hank in order to not have two Tanks in the family but decided it should stay the same since he is has been flipped around so much and not being with his family that raised him.
So meet Tank II

Sunday was spent cleaning up more of the house.
Anthony went duck hunting in the morning and I had some stuff to do and swing by Mom and Dad's to pick up our huge cleaning supply tote that they got us for Christmas.
I got home around 3:30 and Anthony had a duck already cooked in the crock pot ready for dinner!
Talk about a happy wife!
We ended up having an early dinner and then decided that we would clean out the laundry room.
Our laundry room also serves as our storage room and pretty much a dump off room. When we had company over we threw a bunch of boxes in there and just shut the door. 
With the New Year coming we decided to get it all cleaned and organized so we can start off with a clean slate and we don't have to worry if someone is going to think it is the bathroom door and wander in there and be lost forever!!! 

We ended up ending the weekend watching our Wedding Video and cuddling on the couch.
My Aunt and Uncle gave us our wedding video and wedding album for Christmas on Friday night at Grandma's. We all watched it there but Anthony and I wanted to watch it again. 
When I figure out how to load it on to my YouTube I will let you all know so you can see it too!

All in all I had a great weekend and obviously Monday snuck up on me like it does every week!

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  1. Oh wow! I hear you! I need to have a somewhat consistent schedule too or I get too used to having so many days in a row off and then it's harder to get back to work!

    Thanks for linking up! Showered With Design

  2. First of all, YAYYAYAYAYAYYYYYY for the wedding video!!!!!! :) Second of all, that puppy Tank II is adorable!!! That is so nice of your Mom to rehome him! If only you could have both Tanks! And lastly, I'll take your work schedule this week! Lol. Looks like a great time at your family Christmas! :) Isn't it funny how family photos turn into such chaos!? Your new hair cut looks so nice on you!


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