Hope everyone is recovering well from the holiday. I had such a great Christmas and loved enjoying it with family and friends. I am going to be taking down my decorations this weekend and as sad as I will be to see them go I am excited to have my house back together. So for this 5 on Friday I am going to outline my 5 favorites from these past few days.
One. Monday night I met up with Maddie from The Whimsy One at Toby Keith Bar and Grill for dinner. It is the second time we have been on a blate and it was just as fun as the first time. We had so many laughs and such easy conversation.
I had the Honey BBQ Chicken Wrap. Maddie also gave me a Christmas gift and it had such amazing stuff. Some BBQ sauce made in North Carolina to remember her by, a Pear candle that I am burning as I am typing this up, and the stamp is the Chinese symbol for friends. The pumpkin cheesecake lotion made its way into my purse and I have used it three times already, it smells so good.
Our obligatory picture by the Christmas tree to prove it actually happened!! 🙂 This was taken at the end of our 4 hour night so please don’t judge it too harshly.
I can’t wait for the next time! She is such a great person with a great heart, and I consider her a really good friend!
Two. Christmas Eve was spent at my brothers house where we had dinner with my sister-in-laws side of the family. So much good food was eaten I ended up passing out on the couch around 9:30 pm. Even so the girls opened a few gifts from them, and we snuggled up in the dark watching movies for a bit. My youngest niece is such a Daddy’s girl as you can tell.
Three. Christmas day was perfect. Getting to see the girls open their gifts from Santa and then waiting for my Dad to arrive. The girls helped me make some Cinnamon buns for breakfast which was fun.
My sister-in-law also made eggs, pancakes, and bacon. It was a feast.
Here is a pic of my bedmate too. Rosie kept me company through the night. She even stole the covers too!
Four. The girls opened the presents from my Dad and then my brother and me opened our gifts from him. I got some really great gifts including a vacuum that I wanted and already used. It is amazing.
I also got two new cookbooks that I can’t wait to try out. The Joanne Fluke cookbook is part of a mystery novel series where she sprinkles in recipes into the stories and I have made a good portion of the cookies and recipes from those books but glad to have them all together and easily available. I also got a new Fitbit and a remote car started that I need to get installed. I am so excited for that since I had one in my old car and when I replaced my car, it was what I missed the most especially in these cold New England winters. I also got a Veggie Spiralizer to make pasta out of veggies, so excited to give it a try.
Five. Halfway through the day I headed to my Dad’s to see Seamus since he was babysitting for me. We rested a bit and I got some nap time in with both pups.
I then popped over to my second family’s house (they live one house over from my Dad’s house) and opened gifts and caught up on how their day was going. I got a lovely scarf, a book called Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, a bottle of Red Moscato, and a dragonfly belt. I then had a ham dinner with my Dad before heading home around 6pm. It was such an amazing day and I am so grateful for everything I received and the time I got to spend with everyone.
I took Thursday off to recover from all the fun, and my house is almost back to normal. I hope everyone got to spend time with family and friends.
What did you get for Christmas?