It's over. The most wonderful day of the year and "poof" it's over and gone. So quickly, like a flash. A flash that leaves you 10 lbs heavier, head full of fluff and merriment, and with very little desire to return to the real world. But we must. And that alarm going off Monday morning was the worst sound I think I have ever heard in my entire life.
Of course I took almost zero photos to document the weekend, which means it was that good right?!
I always manage to get photos of Gunner though. Like in his Santa Suit.
Still, I can't complain too much. I had a wonderful Christmas and long weekend, made extra long by the "sick" day I took Wednesday to sleep off the nasty cold that had come over me. While it was truly meant to be sick day, my sister was a little on to my motives, asking if I was "sick with Christmas spirit?" So what if I was? I needed that day and it was well spent. I topped it off with happy hour with some of my girlfriends and it was the perfect little holiday get together to start off my weekend.
The friend dates continued into Christmas eve morning when I met with three of my closest childhood friends who hadn't all been together in nearly three years! We caught up over an amazing breakfast at a local coffee shop just as a light Christmas snow started to fall outside the window. It was magical and so wonderful to see them all while they were home.
That night I headed to my aunt's house with my family for our traditional Christmas Eve. It was full of more appetizers than should ever be eaten, rambunctious crazy cousins full of Christmas energy, and our adult gift exchange. Six cousins (well kids of cousins) between the ages of 2 and 11 makes for one not so quiet night. But it was tons of fun seeing their excitement when Santa stopped by and watching them open gifts.
Christmas Eve snow and dropping temperatures left for an eerie and slightly scary foggy drive home, but I made it in time for the end of the BF's family Christmas Eve. I was spoiled with too much from his parents and sister, but it was a treat to get to see both families in one night.
Christmas morning was spent at my parents' opening our stockings, drinking Bloody Maries, too many presents and an epic quiche brunch.
After we could manage to move after all the food and presents we headed home to bake some last minute items and head to the BF's aunt's house for Christmas dinner. Prime rib, turkey, all the fixings, plus pie... I was bursting at the seems!
We ended the night with Cards Against Humanity, which I was hesitant to play with the BF's extended family. I must have not been too embarrassed after a few glasses of wine though and won the whole game! I'm hilarious, what can I say?
The rest of the weekend was spent after-Christmas shopping, dog walking, reading, pizza devouring and deep cleaning around the house (including my closet, wahooo!) to make way for our new gifts.
Some of those new gifts I'm extra excited for? My Spiralizer, Paleo Cookbook and Inspiralized Cookbook to use during my next round of Whole30!
Don't forget, Amy and I are hosting the Breakup Challenge and taking on Whole30 together! We are encouraging everyone to join in and breakup with just one or more bad habits for a healthier you in the new year.
The challenge kicks off January 4th (NEXT MONDAY!) and look for the first Breakup Challenge post on the 5th, and every following Tuesday. We hope you will join us!
I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas! Get in your holiday cheats now and join us next week!