The Holidays Continued…

Happy Friday friends!!!  I don’t know about you, but I sure am ready for a low key weekend at home.  We hosted my husband’s team at work for dinner last night at our house and I was up way past my bedtime.  Also, we need to talk about the weather.  Yesterday it was 70 (!!!) in Nashville and today it is 30 and snowing… It is supposed to continue throughout the day so we will see what happens, but I am ready for some tea, my couch, a blanket and a good book! 

Picking up from where I last left off on Christmas eve.  On Christmas morning we were up bright and early to begin the festivities.  The presents were overflowing in my living room that morning. I guess we were on the good list this year. 😉 

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It was such a treat to wake up in our own house this year on Christmas morning!  Since we were staying in town this year and hosting my sister, her boyfriend, and their two pups, we agreed to host Christmas brunch for part of the family and Christmas dinner for the other half of the family.  We were just happy to get to stay home all day! 

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My mom, stepdad, and our family friends, Harry and Jeanne (they are both in their 90s!!!) came over for Christmas brunch with us!  We made brioche french toast, homemade granola, a big bowl of fruit, a veggie frittata and a bacon and sausage quiche.  It was all delicious! 

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After brunch we headed upstairs for a couple games of ping pong.  Are Harry and Jeanne not the absolute cutest ever?  Jon and I want to be like them when we grow up. 😉 

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Just call me the dog whisperer, yall! 🙂 

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My mom makes every person who comes to our house play ping pong with her.  Even though Harry is in his 90s, he was no exception. 😉 He’s still got it! 

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After a while we headed back downstairs to start opening the presents! Jon decided Callie needed a little Christmas spirit. 😉 

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My mom egging Murphy on with the ribbon. 

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My mom insisted on this picture below and I am sure glad she did.  My mom and grandma used to make lemon bars for parties and family gatherings all the time.  Well my mom let me know (at least 100 times) that she was no longer able to find the lemon bar mix at the grocery store.  So I did what any logical person would do and I order a case of lemon bars (12 boxes) off of amazon for her. 😉  And I wrapped each one individually.  She didn’t catch on until opening about the 5th box. 😉 We all had a pretty good laugh!

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I feel like I was in the kitchen for a few days straight over the holidays, but luckily I had a lot of helpers so it was really fun! 

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After our guests left, we took the pups to the dog park then came back and relaxed before round 2!  I had a few little snuggle bugs who were equally as exhausted. 🙂 

Next up was Christmas dinner with my dad, my little brother, my dad’s girlfriend and her daughter.  We made a fun Christmas champagne punch, rolls, steak, swordfish, a big salad, a potato and butternut squash casserole, a corn casserole, broccoli, and lobster mac and cheese.  Another great meal in the books! 

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Callie LOVES my little brother.  It is so sweet.  After dinner we opened more presents.  My sister and her boyfriend won the best gift award giving my little brother a drone!! Lucky kid!  My dad was equally as shocked when he open his new kayak for the lakehouse from all his kids!  After presents, we played a few games then called it a night!  

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That’s all for today friends!! I am going to finish my holiday recap next week!  I hope you all have an amazing and warm weekend!!!! 

Questions:

  1. What do you have planned for this weekend?
  2. Do you have a favorite soup recipe?
  3. What is one food you could eat every day for the rest of your life? (Mine would be peanut butter, bananas, or apples!) 

 

 

Christmas Celebrations 2017

Hi yall!!! How are you all doing?  I am feeling a lot better this week than I was the past few weeks.  I actually came down with an ear infection a few weeks before Christmas and could not get rid of it, but I am finally on the mend!  

Today I am getting back to recapping one of the best holiday seasons ever!  But first a picture of my sweet boy, Riley.  🙂 I just love this doggie more than anything.  He is my little cuddle bug.  

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My two nephew dogs were with us for 10 days! Did you notice the duck tape on the front door?  My husband put that up there because sweet Callie scratches the door when she gets excited when someone comes to the door.  Does anyone else have this same issue? 🙂

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Me, my daddy, and my sister! 

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This guy.  I don’t know what I would do without him.  

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On the Friday before Christmas my sister and I had a date at the nail salon. 

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Then my sister and her boyfriend had a party to attend and so did we!  Our friend, Bridget, had a potluck dinner at her apartment with a bunch of friends to celebrate her birthday!!! We all had a blast chatting, sipping some drinks, eating and laughing! The boys did come, but they weren’t allowed in the picture. 😉 

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Even little Cooper made the party!

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My sister’s boyfriend’s family sent LOTS of treats for all of us (even the dogs!!!) and my mom wasn’t hesitant to start the taste testing at 10am! 🙂 

You guys…. we did SO much cooking.  SO much.  I seriously needed a break from cooking after Christmas day.  We made homemade granola, mini spinach and feta tartlets, and cranberry brie bites.  

Murphy and Otis helped too. 😉 

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On Saturday night we had plans to attend our best friend Eric’s 30th birthday party! 

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We had a blast! 

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And even got to play corn hole! 🙂 

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We celebrated Christmas Eve at my mom and stepdad’s house.  Isn’t their dining room table beautiful? My mom always outdoes herself.  🙂 

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We had a delicious meal of salad, salmon, and lots of roasted veggies.  

All the “kids” after dinner.  

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Jonny starting the fire for us!

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We all got to open one present on Christmas Eve (this is a tradition my mom started with us when we were little… it is still just as fun and exciting today!).  The boys got new tool sets and the girls got cookie shooters to make all different types of cutout cookies.  We all laughed because if that isn’t gender stereotypes then what is? 😉 

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I am going to end here and show you a glimpse of our crazy Christmas next time!! I hope you all have a fabulous day!!! xoxoxo

Questions:

  1. How were your holidays?
  2. Are you relieved they are over or do you have the post holiday blues?
  3. Did you make any resolutions or goals for 2018? 

Christmas in Indiana Part 2

Good morning!!  I hope your Wednesday is off to a good start!  I just got back from an early class at the gym so I am feeling great!  Exercising will always be my favorite way to start the day.  It just sets me up to make healthier choices throughout the day and puts my mind in a good place.  

So back to where I left off yesterday with my recap of our trip to Indiana.   Sunday morning we opened presents!! My mother-in-law is the best gift giver ever.  

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And then we ate some breakfast!

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A little later, I had an assortment of goodies for lunch!

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And we played a bit of ping pong…my husband has to go easy on me.. he is a lot better than me. 😉

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A few hours later, we gathered in the dining room for Christmas dinner. 

We had a huge delicious meal of steak, swordfish, mashed potatoes, rice stuffing, green bean casserole, cornbread, and a pear and walnut salad.  So delicious!

Christmas cookies!

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My brother-in-law got me the game Taboo for Christmas so we decided to play that night.  We were laughing hysterically and someone, who I won’t name, may or may not have peed his/her pants. 😉 

My mother-in-law’s mom was a huge Cubs fan so my mother-in-law got us all shirts for a picture for her holiday card this year.  I know, dad, I told her it was against all my morals to wear a Cubs shirt.  🙂

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That wraps up our trip to Indiana for Christmas!  We had such a fun and relaxing time with my in-laws over the weekend.   I am sad the holidays are coming to an end, but it is always nice to come home and get back into a routine.  I am soaking up our time at our house now because it won’t be long until we are officially in Nashville!  

Questions:

  1. What is something you cook ever year on Christmas?
  2. Do you open presents or eat first on Christmas morning?
  3. Favorite type of Christmas cookie?

Christmas in Indiana!

Hi friends!! We are back from a wonderful Christmas in Indiana with my in-laws.  My husband is back to work this week and I am spending the week doing errands and getting ready for our move.  

Let’s back up to last Thursday when we headed to Indianapolis for a long Christmas weekend.  We arrived early afternoon and just hung out until we headed downtown for the Pacers game. 

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A 6 person family selfie. 🙂

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Friday we just hung around the house until early afternoon.  This little one was so happy to be in Indy.  He loves to run and run and run some more in my in-laws yard.  

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Late Friday afternoon we headed to the Murat theater to see Straight No Chaser.  They are an acapella group from Indiana and they are absolutely amazing.  

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They sang a bunch of current songs, fun songs, and Christmas songs.  

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Me, my husband and brother-in-law. 

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Love this guy!

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Afterwards we went to Mimi Blue Meatballs for dinner.  They have the best beans and fried brussel sprouts! so yummy!

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My husband and mother-in-law split this delicious maple pecan cookie. 🙂

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Riley and I on a run.  This little guy was full of energy!

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He got a new toy from my in-laws for Christmas and he wanted to play nonstop. 

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On Christmas Eve we spent the day watching movies and doing a puzzle.  Later we went to dinner at Sangiovese.  

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The food was absolutely amazing!!!  

After dinner we headed to church for the candlelight service.  

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The family on Christmas Eve!!  Love these people! 

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I will finish up my recap of our trip to Indiana tomorrow!! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday!!! 

Questions:

  1. Did you travel for the holidays?
  2. Are you back to work this week or still enjoying vacation?
  3. Favorite meal you ate over the holidays?

Back to the grind… but first, more fun!

Happy Wednesday, friends!  We are trying to get back to reality over here, which is super hard after a fun holiday week with my family.  I am exhausted after getting home at midnight last night and having to get up early for work.  But only 2 days of work then a long weekend so I will survive 😉

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I’m sorry for the overload of pictures, but we just had a blast in Nashville so I took a LOT of pictures.  Here are a few more from our trip!

At the Preds game they have this photo booth and they print you free copies of your picture! So fun!

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My sister sent me this snapchat of me teaching my dad to make smoothies in his new blender 🙂

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He also got this new smoothie book for Christmas!

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I read an article in Time magazine about the “new food rules” and found this one interesting.  What do you think?  Are superfoods overrated?

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Sweet brothers cuddling.

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Riley resting on his favorite blanket.  

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We woke up to lots of rain on Monday  😦

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And then the power went out… and on the way to the mall we found out why.

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While we were gone, I got this snap from Jon. 

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Monday night dinner out.  Jonny, me, and the sis.

 

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Dad and brother.

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We had a spicy tuna roll for an appetizer that was to die for!  I got this delicious salmon kale salad for an entree that was amazing!

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And the crew all wanted this brownie and ice cream for dessert.

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Getting ready to watch the Preds game Monday night… take 1 (Riley wasn’t looking).

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And take 2!

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Almost game time!

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Woohoo!

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Have a great Wednesday!!  

Questions:

  1. Do you have any fun new years eve plans?
  2. Any good smoothie recipes?
  3. Do you order dessert when you go out to eat?

Weekend Recap 12.28.15 Part 1

Hey guys!! Happy Monday to you all!  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend!  Fortunately, we are still on vacation so we don’t have to go to work today.  Here are some pictures from our Friday and Saturday.  I’ll be back tomorrow with a recap from the rest of our weekend since I took an insane amount of pictures!

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Opening presents with kids is the best!!

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Super excited about his new star wars backpack! 

Two boys just hanging.

Late Friday morning we went out to fly the drone. 

The drone flying high in the sky.

Coming in for a landing.

My little brother directing the drone landing 🙂

Safe landing.

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Saturday afternoon, we took a walk in a nearby park.  

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Can you spy the turtle in the first picture?

Riley trying to get in the water…

Then we came upon this site… and were curious what everyone was taking a picture of.

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A bald eagle!  A very rare sighting.  

The park ranger set up binoculars so everyone could see the bald eagle up close!  So neat!

Two men and a dog.

Three men and a dog.

Me and my cute siblings!

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This funny picture my brother sent me on December 26th.

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We are off to go do some quick shopping and enjoy the rest of our time with my family.  I will see you tomorrow for the 2nd half of our weekend!

Questions:

  1. What did you do this weekend?
  2. Have you ever see a bald eagle?
  3. Do you have any siblings?

Home for the holidays

Hi guys!  We are still celebrating over here for Christmas round 2!  It is so great to be home with family and have time to just relax.  

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Christmas started out bright and early opening presents with my mom, stepdad, sister, and husband.  The pictures don’t do these pretty trees justice.  

Another one of their trees and their pretty nativity scene.  

Christmas morning at our house always includes mimosas or champagne and cranberry juice! So festive!

Someone else wanted a little bubbly, too 😉 (This is the elf at my mom’s house… her name is Ina.. don’t ask how she got that name…)

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And a yummy breakfast of gluten free blueberry muffins, chopped fruit, and a veggie frittata (eggs, asparagus, mushrooms, and cheese on half). 

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My sister and I got these softy, robe-like sweatshirt gowns that are so comfy!  I got these really cute slippers too!

My cute husband was SO excited to get a drone!  He was like a 5 year old on Christmas morning 🙂

Some yummy chocolate strawberries sent from my sister’s boyfriend’s family.  So sweet of them!

My momma got this BEAUTIFUL necklace from her husband.  So pretty!

Guys, we finally finished this puzzle…

My mom was so proud!  We seriously worked on this for way too many hours to count 🙂

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The pretty tree at my dad’s house.  

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Sweet Riley just doing some stretching.

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James, the elf is back.  This time we found him shaving.

Yummy appetizers at my daddy’s house.

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Guys, I roasted a turkey… I have never done this before so it was a huge accomplishment that I did not ruin the turkey or burn the house down.  

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I am more of a side dish type of girl 🙂

Someone got to open a present tonight! 

Catchphrase!! A favorite game of ours.  We played a few rounds and had a blast.  

We are off to open presents, take a walk and go watch some hockey tonight!! Enjoy the rest of your Saturday!!

Questions:

  1. What did you get for Christmas?
  2. What is your favorite appetizer?
  3. Do you have any Christmas morning traditions?