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Christmas 2018

Logan slept in on Christmas morning. I think he was worn out from all the excitement! But he woke up and immediately said he wanted to see Santa! I told him that Santa already came to our house and he was home at the North Pole. πŸ˜‰ Sleeping!

Logan opened a few presents with us and then we waited for my parents to come over for breakfast (scrambled eggs, sausage and cinnamon rolls). Stevie and Bella got to open their presents from Santa!

Then he got to open ALL his presents! Logan was so funny! He said “Oh that’s a good one!” To every present. πŸ˜‰ He loved unwrapping them and he was excited about everything he got.

After all the presents and excitement, my parents headed back to Seattle. Logan asked several times if he could take a nap. You think he was overwhelmed? LOL He had lunch and then fell asleep in seconds. I had a quick lunch of leftover mac n’ cheese, took a nap, too, and then when I woke up I relaxed on the couch watching Die Hard and snuggling under the super soft blanket my brother got me:

When Logan got up from his nap he was ready to play with all his toys and then it was time for round two! Michael’s family came over. We did presents first while Michael smoked and grilled ribs.

When dinner was ready we sat down to eat. Michael’s mom made delicious pinto beans and Michael’s brother brought coleslaw from Kenny & Zuke’s. So delicious! Dinner was fantastic!

Michael’s sister made a ton of Christmas cookies and candy so that was dessert. She makes the best Christmas cookies. Of course there are tons of leftovers I am trying not to eat too much of. πŸ˜‰

It was a really nice holiday and I’m glad we hosted. It was fun and I liked being able to have everyone together. Unfortunately, Michael and I both woke up the next day with head colds! I’m still sick and not feeling great. Hopefully I get better before New Years!

New Traditions

This year Michael and I made some new traditions for the holiday season. First, instead of getting each other a lot of gifts, we decided to just get a babysitter and go on a date night. That was a great idea because it was less stress and pressure (and money) to find the perfect gift. And honestly we don’t need much right now anyways.

Second, we invited my parents to our place for Christmas Eve dinner. In the past they drove down from Seattle to spend Christmas morning with us. We’d go to brunch at Gracie’s Restaurant. It was always wonderful and delicious. But last year we decided that we needed to simplify things for Christmas.

With Logan here now, it was a LONG day. Christmas morning with us, then brunch and gifts with my parents and then Christmas dinner and gifts at Michael’s family’s house. It was just too much go go go. And it kinda sucked that my parents were driving a long ways to visit and they only got a short, rushed amount of time.

This year we decided to split Christmas up. Christmas Eve my parents drove down from Seattle and we all hung out, then opened some presents and had Christmas Eve Dinner. Michael got me Christmas flowers! So sweet. πŸ™‚

Christmas Eve Eve Logan and I were both sick (bummer) with sinus infections and Logan had an ear infection. Antibiotics! Yay! πŸ™ Despite that, it was still a good holiday weekend. I skipped the gym on Christmas Eve and just rested and watched Christmas movies and cartoons with Logan. πŸ™‚

Anyways, Christmas Eve was really relaxed and it was nice to just hang out. Lunch:

Snacky plates. My parents picked up some vinegar and salt chicken wings (I’ve never had them before and they might be my new favorites!) to go with lunch snacks. The guys watched the football game and I prepped dinner while Logan napped and once he woke up, he played with his Grammy. πŸ™‚

Dinner was EXCELLENT! I am SO happy with how it turned out. I did a roast, mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli. I used this recipe for the roast.

I marinated the roast for most of the day in the balsamic vinegar, then poured most of it out and put the “paste” (rosemary, thyme, fresh garlic, salt, pepper and olive oil) on the roast and popped it in the oven. I’m not used to making meals like this, so I was REALLY happy that it turned out so delicious and perfect.

 

We had a really nice dinner together. Logan refused to eat much of anything (what kid doesn’t like mashed potatoes?!?!). We had some pie and opened presents and played in the SNOW.

Christmas morning we woke up (we all slept in til 8!!! Even Logan!!! Christmas miracle!) and did Christmas brunch with my parents. Michael made omelettes for everyone with bacon and my parents brought mini cinnamon rolls. Yum!

Then we opened presents. I post some videos on Instagram. Logan LOVED opening presents this year!Β  πŸ™‚ Check out what my brother sent me:

LOVE IT. πŸ˜€

After presents my parents headed to the beach for a few days.Β It was definitely more low-key and less stressful and very nice this year.Β After Logan’s nap we drove to Beaverton to hang out with Michael’s family.

 

 

I like the new tradition!