Four Christmases

Christmas Eve was pretty low-key. I went to the gym. And then my friend Star and her boyfriend Larry came over for the afternoon to celebrate a mini-Christmas with us. It’s been way too long since we saw each other!:(

Christmas Eve Logan went to bed early and Michael made Christmas enchiladas and we watched Elf!

Christmas morning we woke early (thanks baby!) and we had our first Christmas with Logan. It was so amazing to watch him experience his first Christmas. The chaos, the wrapping paper, the presents…it was a lot of new stuff for him! And Logan gave us a present!!

Logan made it at daycare and they wrapped it and gave it to us on Friday when we picked up the little guy. It KILLED ME to wait two days to open it. Seriously, it was like I was a little kid and I was dying to open my present! 😉

Bella’s present:

Fat Kitty’s Christmas present was the paper bags, wrapping paper and bows. 😉

About mid-morning my parent arrived from Seattle and the five of us went to Gracie’s for brunch, as we usually do! Logan did so great at his first brunch. He was a little wiggly and didn’t want to sit still but we took turns holding him while we ate our yummy breakfast and thankfully he didn’t get fussy!

Last year I was pregnant (awwww) and my number one pregnancy craving was orange juice. I remembered that their freshly squeezed OJ was out of this world so I ordered it again this year. It did not disappoint. For breakfast I got the smoked salmon hash with poached eggs on top. It was just ok. I remember the food being better last time.

After brunch we took the obligatory Christmas tree photos in their lobby:

After brunch we went back to the house and opened presents. My brother and I got our parents an ipad mini for Christmas (their first foray into smart phones) and Michael and I helped them set it up and I gave them a tutorial. Then we skyped with my brother and his wife (as part tutorial on how to use it, and also to talk to them on the holiday, of course!).

Around three my parents said their goodbyes and we packed up the car to go to Michael’s mom’s house for Christmas dinner!

Michael’s mom made a wedge salad. It was so delicious! I don’t think I’ve ever had one before. She also made a pot roast, baked potatoes and steamed broccoli. Dinner was delicious.

Then round four opening presents. Logan was both starting to get the hang of ripping open the paper and also getting overwhelmed and tired. But he had a blast checking out his presents.

The motorcycle was a huge hit!

It was definitely a memorable weekend. I can’t wait until next year when Logan is older! The magic of Christmas was so fun to experience through him.

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday!


Uncle Andy came to visit!

It’s been like a year and a half since I saw my brother and sister-in-law (they came to visit for our wedding) so I was super excited when they came out to the west coast from Philly to meet Logan.

The night they came into Portland we went to Mike’s Drive In for dinner–the first time we’ve gone to a restaurant with the baby. I had no idea how it would go but he did great and slept through most of it. I ate a little too fast because you just never know–will you be able to finish your meal in time before he wakes up crying?? Thankfully He slept the whole time.

The next day Michael was at work and so I fixed us breakfast and then we went downtown. I dropped them off at Powell’s Books while I took Logan in to work to show him off. 🙂 It was kind of weird to be back in the office after a month off but it was also good to go in and see everyone and kind of be back in “the real world” even if it was a short visit.

After that we all met Michael at the food carts for lunch. I thought it was the best option with the baby and there’s so many food carts to choose from I knew our guests would enjoy picking something out they’d never had before.


They all got thai food from E-San and I got a grilled cheese sandwich (with pesto) from The Grilled Cheese Grill.




We walked over to the nearby park and ate lunch while a guy played violin for everyone. It was a nice outing and Logan did great! He did super great the whole time until he was hungry and I fed him in the car before we went to the carts. It was kind of a chilly, overcast day but at least it didn’t rain on us.

After lunch we went home and Andy and his wife went to the store to get supplies for him to cook us dinner! I was really excited for that because my brother is an excellent and adventurous cook and I knew whatever he was going to create was going to be awesome.

He chose to make this recipe: Chicken With Caramelized Onion and Cardamom Rice. It smelled amazing as he cooked it. He also made baba ganoush from scratch (which I’d never had before) and it was SO GOOD!

I watched him make dinner and even though it looked pretty involved, I think it would be easy enough to make on our own.

It was such a nice treat and even better that there were leftovers. We ate so much but it was really nice. We watched a movie and called it a night. It was a long day for me and I was especially exhausted (doing a lot of stuff still takes it out of me) but it was so much fun I was glad I did it all.