Monday, December 14, 2009

Family First

Hi all! I won't make excuses for my absence and claim how busy I've been (everybody's busy, right?), but thought it only fair I'd share with you why I've been away.

Things have finally caught up with me in my household. As some of you know, my husband is completing his MBA in addition to working full-time in his job which includes some travel. This leaves me and the girls on our own quite a bit. Let me tell you, I now have a GREAT appreciation for single parents raising their children well. Admittedly it has gotten really tough keeping up with my three children, their homework, activities, house cleaning, disciplining... well, just parenting. It's especially rough when you do not have much (any) extended family support.

Sooooo, after reviewing everything that needed to be done in my day, I decided to take a break from blogging and posting online much. My house is slowly being put back in order, my girls are happy to have more fun with mom, and I'm feeling much better about things.

Best of all...hubs graduates in about 12 weeks! Woot! I am hoping to get back in the swing of things with some junk projects so stay tuned!

So in the meantime, here are a few things we've been up to...

We had a "hands-off" Thanksgiving by traveling a few hours south to Columbus, Ohio. A waterpark hotel was in order! We stayed for three days, two nights...
enjoying a wonderful Thanksgiving feast that was prepared by the hotel staff!

We attended a couple of Christmas programs...

The girls enjoyed their free-to-decorate-how-they'd-like candy-themed Christmas tree.

They did a beautiful job!

And we baked sweets for the holidays including chocolate chip bars, jumbles, hundreds and thousands, bark and Hollywood Squares.

Thank you to those that visited my blog and continued to follow during my absence. I am really looking forward to catching up with all of you as well as spend time with my family. Love to you all!


  1. Candy - job well done Mom!!! And that's the most important thing! Great pics of your holiday adventures and wonderful to see your smiling face (and the little tree decorators/cookie makers are too cute)!

    Hope to talk soon (and make some springtime plans!) Merry, merry Christmas to you and your family!

    Hugs, Kathy

  2. Candy--
    You've got your priorities straight! I know for a fact how hard it is to have a traveling husband and little kids. (Thank goodness my hub doesn't have to travel anymore). Even with my husband home it's hard to work FT, take care of the fam, and get all the fun things done online that I want to do.

    You're taking care of the most important thing - those three cutie little girls! And it looks like you're all having a grand time too! Your bloggy peeps will be faithfully here waiting for you whenever you have time to write. Heck, that's what Google Reader's for, right? So we don't miss a thing, whenever it gets posted!

    Merry, merry Christmas to you and your family!

  3. Good to see you! What are hundreds and thousands?

    If I'm completely honest, I actually kind of like having thanksgiving in a nontraditional way. Our anniversary always falls around thanksgiving, so sometimes we'll spend it at the beach. And I love it. ;)

    The girls did great on the tree...of course YOU have to have a candy themed tree! ;) It would be so wrong not to! LOL

  4. Oh my gosh - it sounds like you have had so much fun!!! I'm glad that you are enjoying your time with your family - that's what this time of year is all about! And what a BEAUTIFUL family!!!

    Congratulations to you AND your husband!!!
    ;-) Robelyn

  5. Hi Candy,
    A girls got to do what a girls got to do. Just glad to hear from you. Hope your family has a safe and healty holiday and hope to do some junking with you when the weather is good. Yikes...........we haven't gotten the worst yet. Stay safe.

  6. Your time looks very well spent! The joy in your girls' faces says it all. Looks like you have had a fun and busy last few weeks. Enjoy your holidays.

  7. So glad you're back in blogland! I missed you! Looks like you've been having FUN with your daughters though, so we'll let you off the hook - ha!

    Take care and hope to see more of your holiday decorating. The girls' tree looks great! I don't even have our big tree up yet...soon! Andrea

  8. Good moms are more important than good bloggers! We will all still be here when you are back in the swing.

  9. Wow! Thank you ALL so much for your kind thoughts! This is what I miss most about being away from blogland.
    Kathy - Yes! Springtime plans for sure!

    Kim - I can only imagine what it will be like when I go back to work outside the home FT! Yikes!

    GariAnn - Hundreds and Thousands cookies are the same as cookies with "sprinkles" or "jimmies" on top. The tiny round balls.

    Robelyn - Thanks so much for the congrats!

    Karen - We'll need to figure out a junking gathering soon, won't we?

    Jane - Thanks for the post and your sweet words!

    Andrea - My decorating will disappoint you this year. With all that's been going on, I decided to go minimal this year. Boo.

    Angie- What a great thing to say. Thanks for that!

    Take care ladies and see you around.


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