When I get around my family I have a tendency to take a hiatus from all social media. It’s kind of amazing, actually. It’s like I forget an outside world exists. A wonderful few days to soak up family times always leaves me feeling joyful and ready to return. We celebrated Christmas with my family over the extended weekend since David, Hailey and I will be celebrating Jesus’ birthday at home this year.
So… where to begin?
Hailey tried her first shrimp. You’re welcome for that open-mouthed picture. She liked them! With no allergies in the family and having no fear with trying other foods (besides peanut butter), I’m not sure why I put it off for so long.
We all got outside in the unseasonally warm weather. I managed to get in two long speed walks, 3-4 miles each, which felt amazing after a week off due to being sick. Hailey enjoyed some swing time. Papa John got stuck pushing Minnie. He’s such a trooper.
Hailey officially understands what presents are and had an absolute ball. A new doll, new pots and pans, a tea set, a fruit set, a new outfit, new books… that all equals one loved, overstimulated toddler!
I was so thrilled that Kris, Cara and Kyla were able to come up for the day. It’s amazing how quickly babies grow and I love to soak up my Kyla time whenever I can get it.
Of course, we ate some great dinners, as always. However, the make-your-own-lunch sandwich bar is always one of my favorites.
We packed up and headed out yesterday, making a quick stop in Augusta to visit some of our dear friends, Joe and Jane Marie. We miss them so much since they’ve moved! Jane Marie made a delicious lunch look easy to whip up, even at 37 weeks pregnant.
Fellow bloggers, she has THE perfect lighting for photographing food in her kitchen. I ohh’d and ahh’d over it! After we spent time catching up and letting the pups play, we were back on the road.
The rain moved in and the roads became congested. It took us much longer than it should have to get home.
It still didn’t stop David from ripping into our surprise gift from my folks, a bread machine, at 9:00 last night.
No complaints here. I woke up to the smell of freshly baked whole wheat bread for breakfast!
I can’t wait to play around with it more. Now I’m ready for a full day. Hoping to get in a workout, get through the laundry and do all the food shopping for Christmas Eve and Christmas. We are going to be seeing a lot of friends this Christmas Eve and I’m quite excited!
The winner of the Cooked Giveaway is…
I love to watch my family enjoy meals i create. It’s such a wonderful reward. I also find that my time in the kitchen really helps me relieve stress and relax! Great post!
Congrats!! I’ll email you today!
What are your holiday plans?
Traveling or hosting?