Five on Friday {Recuperating From the Holidays!}

Happy Friday!  I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and/or Happy Hanukkah!  I am still recuperating from the holidays.   It was a whirlwind weekend and Tuesday I ended up sick with flu-like symptoms.  I’m still not one hundred percent, but I’m feeling a lot better than I was earlier this week.  It also didn’t help that we spent the entire day Wednesday down in the city.  We were outside in the cold for most of the day but had a great day!  However, my son has been sick the past couple of days as well now.  I’m just glad it’s over the vacation when we have the time to relax and recuperate.

Before I share my five from this week, I want to wish everyone a safe and happy new year!  I hope 2017 brings everyone joy and good health!  We are planning our usual quiet night in with the kids, playing games and seeing if they make it to midnight!  We also promised our son he’d finally be able to see Rogue One sometime this weekend!  Now on to my five from this week:


1. Reading – It took me forever to finish Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks, but I finally finished it yesterday.  I just started reading Home by Harlan Coben.

2. Watching – This week we watched Storks (or more like the kids watched it while I was sick, asleep on the couch next to them!).  Before heading out Christmas Eve we watched the classic A Christmas Story with the kids.  Neither my husband or I could remember if or when we had last seen this movie.

Christmas Dinner

3. Eating – There was a LOT of eating being done this whole week!  My cousin hosted Christmas eve and we ate homemade lasagna, meatballs and sausage.  I hosted Christmas with both my family and my husband’s family.  Since we don’t host Thanksgiving, we made a turkey with all the sides.  And this time we got to enjoy the leftovers!

Rockefeller Tree

4.  Christmas in NYC – Wednesday we went down to New York City.  We have an annual tradition of going down to the city around the holidays to see the tree in Rockefeller Center.  We also love seeing the city all decorated for the holidays.  We are fortunate enough that the trip into the city is a train ride away.  My son also loves getting to visit the Nintendo store after seeing the tree!

The Illusionists

5.  The Illusionists:  Turn of the Century – We received TKTS gift certificates from my brother-in-law for Christmas.  We had planned ages ago to go down to the city Wednesday to see the tree and go see a show.  Unfortunately, since Matilda is closing Sunday, tickets were not available at the TKTS booth.  We were able to get tickets to see The Illusionists.   It was a great show, with the Clairvoyants being my favorite act.  However, we were up at 6:30 AM and didn’t get home until 12:30 AM.  It was a LONG day for everyone!

ICYMI, this week on the blog:
Tuesday I shared my favorite books of 2016 and linked up to the Show Us Your Books linkup.

Linking up with Tif, Andrea and April!  Have a great weekend!



  1. I’m so sorry you’ve felt unwell! I’ll be praying for you and your family that everyone will feel fully well soon! I’ve always thought going to NYC at Christmastime would be amazing! I love that your family enjoys that as part of your Christmastime traditions! Wishing you and your family a happy & healthy start to the new year!! xo! Brenda // ChattingOverChocolate.clm

  2. Ironically, I was also sick last week, mine was a cold though, I also read Home and my family made turkey with all the trimmings for Christmas too. LOL! I hope you’re feeling better! I bet NYC is so much fun at Christmas time and it’s so nice that it is just an easy train ride away. Christmas in California is still strange to this MN girl. Without snow, it just doesn’t seem right! Happy New Year!

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