Merry Christmas from our family to yours! I hope you celebrated the holidays surrounded by the people you love and care about most. I’ve had the past five days off of work and I can’t believe how quickly it’s gone by. I wish that all companies could shut down between Christmas and New Years. That would be nice :-)
Our Christmas started on Sunday with a trip down to Chicago to celebrate with my in-laws. We were expecting it to just be us, larry’s two sisters and their significant others but when we walked in, we were greeted by 20 other family members. It was a nice surprise to see all of his cousins, aunts and uncles, since we don’t get to see them too often.
On Tuesday, I started my morning off with a workout at Barre Bee Fit, headed to a doctor’s appointment, did some last minute grocery shopping, came home and got ready for church and Christmas eve at my mom’s house. Madelyn hung out at daycare until about 1pm. It just made it easier with the doctor’s appointment and shopping. I plan on taking off of work New Years’ Eve and spending the day doing something fun with her. We met my uncle and aunt at my mom’s house, had some drinks and appetizers and headed to church.
After church, we came home, ate dinner and opened up presents. My mom made a prime rib roast, asparagus, mashed potatoes along side a glass of wine. Everything was amazing. Madelyn lucked out in the present department this year, even though she was more interested in playing with her old toys instead of opening her new ones.
She also was a fan of hiding on us and playing peek-a-boo…
Santa was good to me as well. I got this bag from lululemon along with some running socks and some other odds and ends :-)
We celebrated Christmas Day by opening gifts with Madelyn. While we were trying to get her to open her duplo blocks, she was more interested in the pen that was on the table :-) We still had fun with her this year, but I’m looking forward to when she gets to be a little bit older and gets really excited for Christmas. While I cooked up brunch for my family, Larry got to work assembling toys and putting batteries in where they needed to go.
I made an egg bake with mushrooms, onions, spinach, garlic, bacon, goat gouda and goat cheddar. I seasoned it with Thyme, Rosemary, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder and added in 1 cup of soy milk and 3 tbsp on flour. It turned out really good. So good in fact that I forgot to snap any food pictures today because I was more concerned about eating :-) I served that along side some polish sausage, fruit, Kringles and cinnamon roll french toast bake—AMAZING! This french toast bake was super easy and was incredibly delicious. This definitely goes into a Sunday brunch rotation :-)
Now that Christmas is over, it’s time to focus on getting back on track with healthy eating and setting goals for 2014! Last year, I posted my 2013 goals. While I accomplished most of them, there are still a few that are a work in progress :-)
I’ll be back this week to talk about 2013 highlights, goals and other fun stuff!
I hope Santa was good to you all as well ;-)