DURHAM, N.C.-- Well Christmas break is officially over and as all good things must come to an end, so must this I suppose. It was a good one for me and my family. I'm thankful for the very generous six days I got to spend with some of my favorite people. I have to say, I did manage to make the most of my six days and have a new appreciation of family time.
This year my family decided to start a new tradition, which I got to be a part of. Instead of buying each other gifts we decided to put our money together and give a family in need a very special Christmas.
We delivered presents, a Christmas tree, and Christmas dinner to a needy family, a single mom with six children. It felt so good to see all the little kids faces light up when we came in. Their mother said God had answered her prayers. It had been a difficult year for their family with a lot of recent tragedies and this was a "miracle." I think we all felt the Christmas spirit that day. It was definitely an eye-opening experience for me and especially for my younger sisters Briley and Emma.
I was able to enjoy a few days of pure rest and relaxation while home which is always a bonus. Sleeping in, waking up to the smell of fresh brewed coffee, bacon frying, and my Mom's homemade sourdough bread baking are just some of my favorite things about being home for the holidays. I am not going to lie, I was a little pampered and it felt good.
Christmas is my favorite holiday and even though we started a new tradition this year, I also enjoyed some old ones too. Every year we wear our onesies (feet pajamas) to bed Christmas Eve and at approximately 7:00 a.m. I am awakened by my little sisters jumping up and down on my bed to go see what Santa brought us! This year was no different. I think I still get just as excited as I did when I was little. Santa came through again with some pretty awesome gifts.
One of my favorite parts about presents is the gifts I always get from the little ones. You really never know what you're going to get and it's usually very creative. This year I have to say Emma won 'most original' gift giver. She gave me two pictures she found of her and I together and one of Briley's old necklaces. Haha. But the present she gave my mom was the best of all, a true 'Emma creation" -- an ornament with three cotton balls strategically glued to it. Not sure what the inspiration for that was exactly, but hey, it's the thought that counts, right?
I also managed to find time to spend with some of my high school friends too. It was fun catching up with everyone. Even though we don't get to see each other much anymore now, it seems like we can just catch up right where we left off.
I was able to catch a girl’s high school basketball game while I was home and talked to some of my old teammates and coaches. It felt a little strange being a spectator though. It's definitely a different arena than college ball that's for sure!
I had a wonderful time over break with friends and family. I got to ride four wheelers, ate too much, slept in late and had laundry service too. Overall, I'd say it was as perfect a Christmas break as I could ask for. I'm very blessed and so thankful for my family & friends.
Now it's back to the grind. I’m glad I worked out over the break because we’ve had some tough practices preparing for our upcoming games! We play Old Dominion Thursday and then head straight into conference games!