Christmas 2011 was very different for our small family. Working from home means no company parties to attend. Being away from our families automatically meant that it would be quieter—my in-laws are loud (in a good way, of course, in case they are reading this). It also meant fewer gifts—have you seen how much it costs to ship things?! For Mr. P and myself, we decided that our two week vacation in Grand Cayman was our gift to each other and that we’d dial back our spending on the kids. Most notably, there was no schedule, which was my favourite part.