Weekend Shenanigans – The One With Christmas

I am still having the hardest time believing that Christmas has really come and gone!!! Perhaps it was the mild and rainy weather we had, but it sure doesn’t feel like Christmas was just a few days ago! And just like that, the tree was taken down, ornament by ornament and the stockings are no longer hung on the fireplace with care.

I will say, I try to put a positive spin on the end of such a joyous time by thinking of the new year as a clean slate. Those goals I didn’t quite finish this year can become goals for the next. All of the bad foods I ate last week, and the cookie I am nibbling on now will be a thing of the past as I have a fresh look on my health and fitness for the new year.

Until then, let’s take a look at the last few days, shall we?!

Christmas Eve I worked until, about 1:00 pm, and was so kindly told to go home. Why thank you, I think I shall! Chris met me back at our house shortly after, and we headed to his parents house for Christmas Eve festivities. We had a great dinner and got to spend some time with Chris’s parents, his grandma and  my sister in law and her family as well.

We came back home that evening where I forced Chris to watch The Grinch. He likes the cartoon version, but not so much the Jim Carey version but he kindly obliged. I just love that movie!!!

Christmas morning Chris and I woke up and exchanged presents, fed the dogs a surprise bowl of wet food…then headed to his sisters for Christmas Breakfast as we do every year. After breakfast, we came home and played some Mario Kart and watched some TV then headed to my mom’s for Christmas dinner. I got to see my mom, step dad, step sisters, and my sister and her family.

Chris and I, don’t mind the loss of shoes. Those things happen when you wear heels and sit on the floor!

Me, my mom and my sister 🙂 🙂

My niece Berkley along with my step sister’s Emily, Savannah and Annabeth (my my brother in law Mike in the background)


My sister’s clan! You should have seen how many pictures we had to take to get them to all smile and behave themselves. And my sister and oldest niece are picture Nazi’s and must approve it which meant even more pictures!

imageMy sister and Mike <3

Oh and did I mention that I got to finally meet Maggie and Molly?!?!?! I forgot how soft puppies are! These two are just so sweet!!!

Be still my heart….

The day after Christmas, Chris and I headed back over to his parents house for the day because his brother came in to town with two of our nieces. We hung out, ate food and that evening we played some serious Mario Kart! I got to have my O’Fallon Cherry Chocolate Beer too! It is only brewed two months out of the year so I had to pick up a case!

Over the weekend, we took it easy for the most part. It was rainy on Saturday and we went to Catina Laredo for an early dinner appetizer of Queso Laredo (cheese dip with taco meat). We would have stayed longer and watched the South Carolina game but the bartender was awful. Chris’s soda went empty twice and stayed empty for several minutes without being refilled and the guy had zero personality and came off as an ass. So we decided to head to Publix and pick up the stuff for Cajun Chicken Pasta. Yum!

Sunday was meal planning and grocery shopping. We also played a game of Monopoly on the xbox last night and it was so fun!

I hope that everyone had a fabulous holiday and weekend! It is another short week for me at work. I hope to recap my fall goals and have my winter ones up tomorrow. Winter? Can you believe it? It sure doesn’t feel like winter around these parts. We had our AC on yesterday. Boo! Happy Monday! (We can say happy since it is a short week, right?!)


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  • Reply Ralph December 29, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Where is that restaurant you was talking about? Never heard of it.

  • Reply Biana @ Blovedboston December 29, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Looks like a great weekend and so much family time which is the best!! Monopoly on the xbox…i think I just figured out what we’ll be doing tonight!! xo, Biana – BlovedBoston

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph December 29, 2014 at 8:47 am

    I really really really want a puppy.

    And I’m eating a donut because YOLO until January 6.

  • Reply Morgan December 29, 2014 at 9:03 am

    It looks like you guys had a wonderful Christmas!

  • Reply Joey December 29, 2014 at 10:19 am

    I love that you guys do Christmas breakfast with family! J and I love waking up just the two of us on Xmas morning, but I have to say that if we had somewhere to go for breakfast that would just make it all the more special! I’m with you-I can’t believe Christmas has already come and gone!

  • Reply Julia December 29, 2014 at 10:27 am

    I KNOW, how is Christmas over already?? It went waaay too fast, I feel like I didn’t have enough time to soak it all in or do everything I wanted! I love all your pics, looks like you had a wonderful time with family and puppies!! 🙂

  • Reply Amanda Elizabeth December 29, 2014 at 10:59 am

    My niece and nephew are obsessed with monopoly so we got to play a lot of rounds of it……always so interesting to see what rules kept incorporated into different households 😉 I would have much rather played it on an xbox. Loved seeing all your family pics on instagram!!

  • Reply Laura December 29, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Psh, no one needs shoes on Christmas anyway!! I love love love those puppies!! They are sooo sweet!!! Glad y’all got to make the rounds with all the fams – looks like you had an awesome time!

  • Reply kristen December 29, 2014 at 11:33 am

    you had your ac on?! dang. its pretty cold here but thankfully hasn’t snowed in awhile, not like last year! the puppies are adorable and i love your dress! glad you had a great time darl!

  • Reply Erin LFF December 29, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    LOVING Chris’s Charlie Brown tee in that first photo. I rocked a Snoopy sweatshirt more than once over the holidays this year 😉 I’m excited about the clean slate too and starting fresh, taking down the decor, etc. It’s a nice way to start the new year and not be too bummed that the festivities are over!

  • Reply Lara December 29, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Great Christmas, and you’re right, who needs shoes anyways???

  • Reply Kerry December 29, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    That looks like you had a great Christmas! The puppies are adorable, they look so big for being puppies.

  • Reply alyssa December 29, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    The puppy cuteness, I am dying!! How amazing to spend Christmas with mushies like that. Also, another vote for the Jim Carrey version of The Grinch; it’s so good! Belated merry Christmas 🙂

  • Reply Heather {My Little HEA} December 29, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    The one with Jim Carrey is my favorite Grinch movie too! The puppies are sooo cute and it looks like you had a great time with family! Looking forward to the new year and another short week!! Happy Monday indeed!

  • Reply Jennifer Roe-Simple Hacks Living December 29, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    I have never heard of Cherry Chocolate Beer! I am very curious!

  • Reply Krystal December 29, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    How is Christmas over??? The puppies are so cute! Glad you had a great time!!

  • Reply Tracy December 29, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Puppies!!! <3<3<3 So glad you had a wonderful Christmas! You and your sister are so pretty, you look like twins!

  • Reply kathy c. December 30, 2014 at 8:09 am

    and now 2015 is upon us….how does time fly by so fast?

    sounds like a wonderful christmas and i LOOOOOVE those puppies!!

  • Reply P.J. January 4, 2015 at 11:15 am

    That beer sounds fantastic. Alas, I don’t think that’s something I can get in the Northeast. I love beers like that though!

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