Christmas presents

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! šŸ˜‰

Bella’s present:

Fat Kitty’s Christmas present was the paper bags, wrapping paper and bows. šŸ˜‰

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!

Christmas Salmon


Michael and I had a lovely Christmas! I slept in and awoke to the sounds of him bustling around making a fire in the fireplace. We kind of chilled out for a little bit and then opened presents together. You get a gold star if you can guess the movie that was on in the background in the above photo.

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Michael did a great job! Lots of goodies: snowshoeing scarf, a necklace and earring set, a new water bottle for hiking, a huge insulated growler (basically for both of us) AND a fancy new flash attachment for my camera! I spent most of the day playing with that and learning how to use it. IĀ could just read the instruction manual but…I’m more of a hands-on kind of person. I got Michael lots of goodies that he asked for, mostly practical things like a rolling tool chest, a new magnetic knife holder for the kitchen (I’ll share pictures once it’s up) and some other things.





The rest of the day was very low-key. We stayed in our pajamas for most of the day watching TV shows that had been on our DVR for weeks. Neither of us felt like moving off the couch much! Michael made a smoked salmon and cream cheese omelette for us to split for breakfast. Eventually we had to get our lazy butts off the couch and get ready for the trip to his mom’s house.



It was a really, really nice Christmas! Michael’s mom is an excellent cook and she made salmon for dinner. She spread some dijon mustard on it, seasoned it with salt and pepper, drizzled some olive oil on it, cut up fresh dill, topped it with minced garlic, lemon zest and then sliced up two lemons to go on top of the salmon. It was simple but perfect and delicious. I’m going to steal her idea for the next time I make salmon!



There were also veggies, salad and creamy mashed potatoes. I had a few glasses of wine as well.


We lounged around and then opened presents. Michael’s mom is awesome! She got me a new pair of running shoes!!! YAY! I desperately needed a new pair, too. I also got some nifty kitchen gadgets that I will write about soon. She got Michael the Kitchen-aid mixer attachment to make pasta. He’s excited to experiment with that.



Michael’s brother Doug made his amazing apple pie for dessert and then the evening was winding down. I think everyone was tired from the holidays and falling into a food coma. We called it a night and went home. I wanted to stay up late to play with my camera but I just could not keep my eyes open. It was a really nice holiday and I was so glad we planned some fun things for it.

QUESTION: What was your favorite Christmas present?