Merry Christmas to everyone celebrating and Happy Holidays to everyone else!
Yesterday and today were so magical. Christmas eve was truly one of the best I can remember! Every part of the day was just so fun and full of so many great, memorable moments. And this morning was even better. Just hanging out with my family and totally and completely relaxing have been SO nice. How’s about a little recap?
Started the day off with a kick ass workout…including my first run outside post injury!!! Yay!! This was SO exciting!
Insert lots of chill family time and then we were off to our annual Christmas Eve celebration at my Aunt’s house!
Christmas Eve Threads:
Tons of good food, laughs, and presents were enjoyed!
The Sweet Potato Lentil Chili was a hit!! None left by the end of the night and everyone raved about it!! Other yummies included: shrimp cocktail, salad with a creamy dressing and lots of eggs, homemade pizza, stewed calamari, roast beef, baked eggplant (!), chicken and cheese empanadas, cheesy potatoes, and lots of fun toppings!
The deserts were amazing too! Spice cake, homemade chocolate covered pretzels and biscotti, tons of authentic italian cookies, and the treat that stole the night: OREO COOKIE BALLS. Basically Oreo’s crushed up and mixed with cream cheese and then covered in dark chocolate….BOOM.
[some of the Proulx girls Tebowing! HA!]
[mistletoe…ooooh la la!]
After the festivities…we settled in back home, popped in a movie, and anxiously awaited the fun of the morning!
And what a great morning it was! I seriously could not ask for more giving, generous parents. They got me more than I could ever ask for. But in all honesty my favorite part of Christmas morning is watching other people open up gifts. I love seeing that genuine look of surprise and excitement on their faces!
I woke up before everyone else and worked on getting the living room cozy and festive looking…cue music and fire place lighting!
We always start with stockings and then work are way over to the few special “big” gifts! And my dad ALWAYS wears a Santa hat.
[gift rundown: A VITA MIX!!!!!!!!!! AAAAAH SO excited about this!!!, my own set of
weights, new slippers, Essie nail polish, my first pair of DIAMOND earrings, peppermint lotion, gift cards, a Vera Bradley backpack, a set of mugs, some spices, 3 bumper stickers, and some other fun little trinkets!]
After hanging out for a bit, we cooked up some breakfast and I got some baking done!! Can’t wait to share the recipe tomorrow…it’s a winner!
[Avocado-veggie scramble and Date-Sweetened Gingerbread Scuffins!]
Today was completely chill. I literally did NOTHING. Basically sat on my butt, ate, and watched TV. But hey, its once a year. And tomorrow I have a boat load of school work to do…so its back to the grind. I applaud all of you who were able to exercise and be some what productive today…I on the other hand just wasn’t feeling it.
All and all, my family and I had a wonderful holiday and I hope yours was just as special!
Happy Holidays everyone….let’s try to maintain the level of happiness, positivity, and generosity far into the new year!
Fill me in:
How were your holiday celebrations?
What was your most special gift?
Any fun family traditions?
Was today a family oriented rest day or did you fit in some fitness?
Stuffed from Christmas dinner…I am off for more family time