Well, well, well… I never intended to take such a long break, but really enjoyed soaking up time with family, as I hope you all did as well! The only thing troubling about being gone for almost a week is the ridiculous amount of pictures I now want to share with you. I really need to pick up scrapbooking, but until I do (read: never), this is my outlet. For those that don’t care to see every detail of our Christmas, I apologize.
I woke up early Christmas eve to make the sweet potato soufflé and pecan pie. There is something magical about spending time alone while it’s still dark out. It was a cozy start to a rainy Christmas eve.
In an untraditional move, we decided to go out for breakfast.
We returned home to play Christmas music, start a fire and prepare a dish for a friend’s gathering.
I was pleased how the wreath turned out and that is was finished in time to set up the tripod for a family photo attempt.
Not too shabby; Koda even snuck in! And one of the girls, of course.
Then we were off to an early dinner and church with friends that generously have invited us along both this year and last.
Once home, I realized we had no cookies for Santa, so we quickly had to rectify that situation.
Then bath, matching jammies, setting out the cookies and carrots and another attempt by mom to capture the magic.
It took Hailey hours to fall asleep, so Santa held off coming until late, but he did come!
In the morning, David and I prepared ourselves for the chaos of seeing that Santa brought gifts, but, true to form, Hailey was slow and methodical. She at first was confused who had brought all the dresses downstairs, but upon realizing they were all new and all for her, she spent the entire morning (and honestly everyday since) wearing them.
It took until noon to get through presents, as Hailey treasured each gift opened and wanted to play with each one immediately.
It made for a relaxed and entertaining morning.
We even got to facetime with my family, which is only second best to being with them.
I think one of the few times I don’t overly mind a mess is on Christmas morning. There is magic in that chaos.
The girls took afternoon naps and I was so excited that David’s parents decided to join us. I love big, family Christmases – the more the merrier! We snacked all afternoon, knowing it would be a late dinner.
With extra helping hands, dinner prep was a lot of fun.
The bread machine rolls turned out perfectly. I handed the reigns of the standing rib roast over to David and he went to work, even including a sauce made from homemade mayo. I adore the warm feel of a bustling kitchen.
Eventually the girls went to bed, tired from a fun day, and the adults got ready to enjoy the main event.
The moment of truth… slicing into the prime rib…
David nailed it! Though he combined a few recipes/directions, he did use the Pioneer Woman’s rub and it was delicious.
We finished things up with pecan pie and by then, my eyelids were starting to droop.
Another wonderful Christmas in the books. I am so grateful.
What was your favorite gift given or received this holiday season?
I got a tea kettle and a goat cheese making kit, which I realize makes me sound like oodles of fun to hang out with but I’m really so pumped!
What is the best thing you’ve eaten lately?
I think that award goes to the prime rib. I’m a meat lover and it was just SO good.