Boy that holiday went by fast! I went from oatmeal and salad at home to some Charlottesville snow (!!!) to a speedy 3.5 hour drive and we arrived to a festive Christmas Eve party full of all kinds of foods & family!
Homemade fudge our sweet neighbors made!
My mom is a real grandmother now – there are bowls of candy and chocolate scattered about!
Christmas Eve buffet
Matt A’s mom doing “Friendly Beast” – this was the beast part!
This ice cream is the BOMB!
Maze was up at 6am (Santa came! Santa came!) We have had a very choppy two nights of sleep waking up every 2 hours. Matt took Maze down on Christmas morning and let me sleep in another hour of solid nap bliss so I felt fine for the rest of the day.
Stories with daddy
Christmas brunch featured Great Harvest swirl breads, scrambled eggs, maple sausage and fruit salad
Then it was present time!
Till everything was opened
These two books were on my Christmas list. Glad Santa supports bloggers!
Matt and I gave books of Mazen’s first 3 months to all the grandparents : )
Santa brought some really fun toys!
And he brought me new running shoes – which I took for a 26 minute test drive with Larbs and Matt when I woke up : ) This is my fourth pair of Asics 2160/2170s.
We played all afternoon. Went for a walk. Nibbled on Christmas foods. Prepared Christmas dinner.
Until cocktail hour –
We had mushroom bread pudding (Karen’s recipe!), mom’s corn pudding, salad made by me, and a spaghetti squash dish
Matt was in charge of the grilled and sliced sirloin
It wouldn’t be a formal dinner without Great Harvest Virginia rolls!
The dinner was incredible, but the dessert – long awaited!
Larbs’s favorite Durham bakery, Carolina Cake Co. These cakes are absolutely incredible. It’s all about the great buttercream!
I think I had 3 slices!?
Went to bed stuffed with happiness <3
Merry Christmas to you all. Thanks for being a part of our adventures!