Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas recap

Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!  I can't believe how quickly the weekend went.  Seriously, all month, it seems like it takes forever for the day to get here, and then it just flies by.  So here we are, the day after Christmas! 

Our Christmas was pretty par for the norm, meaning tame, which is a very good thing.   Friday, I spent about four hours in the kitchen making three batches of pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.  Three batches, you ask?  Well, my intention was to make some for my parent's house, the Christmas Eve party we always go to, and some for T's parents when they got here on the 26th.  End result was about 5-6 dozen cookies.  I froze some, we still have two large platters of we'll be eating cookies for awhile! 

On Christmas Eve, we headed up to my parent's house to spend the night and spend Christmas day.  Every year we do a soup pitch-in where my dad makes a few types of soup, we bring one and my brother brings one.  T made an Irish Barley Stew from the Irish cookbook we bought on our honeymoon.  Since mass starts at 5:00, and we have to get there basically 45 minutes before that to get a seat, we do this every year as a big lunch/dinner thing.  We headed to mass and then came home for my brother's family to open their presents since they head to my sister-in-law's family on Christmas Day.  After that, we always head to my mom's neighbor's Christmas party...I was pretty tired at this point, but we still made an appearance.  My favorite part of the evening?   Snuggling in bed with T while he read to Half-pint the book her Nana sent us:  Twas the Night Before Christmas.  She was kicking away and pushing on my stomach while he read.  Quite possibly the sweetest thing ever.  I can't wait until he can read the book to her next year and in years to come. 

We woke up on Christmas morning, with little sleep unfortunately because of my pregnancy restless leg (totally not fun...I'm not a fan).  My sister and Roo had made it over before we got up, so we had breakfast and opened presents.  It cracks me up because every year my Mom says they're going to cut back on presents, but every year, it seems like she gets more.  Not to say we're not grateful,'s just funny.  I got lots of nice maternity outfits, a comfy sweat pants and sweat shirt outfit, nightgown for when I go to the hospital and robe for that, too.  My mom put together a huge bag of stuff for Half-pint, too.  I swear, that kid isn't here, and she seriously has had more gifts than T and I combined!  It's so cute.  We spent the day with my family, ate way too much for dinner, watched movies, and then T and I headed home in the evening. 

All in all, it was a wonderful Christmas.  Our last one just the two of us.  I can't wait to celebrate Christmas as a family starting next year. 

Today we wait for T's parents to come down from Michigan.  They'll be here for the week, which will be nice because that means I get to take it easy while they help around the house :-)  I'll try my best to post while I can!  Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! 



  1. It's funny, sometimes I feel like you and I lead somewhat parallel lives. Your Christmas line up and traditions sounds similar to ours, my in-laws are also coming to stay today. But it goes further then all that, we both have adored aunt Lindas, both our Grandfathers just died and people that married us both died in the same weekend. There are just all kinds of little coincidences. I know there is more but that is just all I can think of right now. Sort of random, I know. :)

    I'm glad you had a nice holiday!!

  2. Hi! Just wanted to stop by and say thank you for stopping by my blog last week and sharing a comment. It was very nice meeting you.

    Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas day!

    Loved the part about you reading "Twas The Night Before Christmas" - how sweet!

    Enjoy your week with your family!

    Happy New Year!

  3. I'm glad you had such a wonderful time with your family! Although it's exhausting...
    I'm a little sad Christmas is over this year...

  4. I dreaded facing Xmas this year as it was the first Xmas without my beloved father who passed away in Jan. of this year. I didn't expect to have a great Xmas but it turned out to be so much fun. We had a hanukkah dinner as my sister in law is jewish, I watched my cousin ring the bells in church and we sang Carols and we had a few clowns and comedians in the family Xmas reunion in Miami.
    I got spoilt rotten, my boyfriend got a kindle fire, I got a Tracfone SVC, diamond earings from my mom, soup and salad recipe books, hand painted bright crockery, etc.
    The sentimentality and the love of the people around you at the Xmas is what makes me happy, the presents aren't really important to me.
    May you have the happiest moments of your life with your little baby and I hope all goes well with him/her.


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