Hope you all had a lovely holiday – whatever you were celebrating! We were in Hillsborough at my parents’ house along with Larbs and Matt and Matt’s parents. It was a full house that made things feel extra cozy despite record-breaking temperatures. We actually slept with the windows open, and I woke up with a mosquito bite on Christmas morning!
This Just In right before we left on Thursday! He’s shy, but walked right up and told Santa he wanted trains for Christmas. Too bad he already has nearly every train they make! Also, he decided to take off the matching shirt I had on him and put on his “out to dinner dressy shirt” before occasion, and if you know anything about three year olds you know not to argue with their outfit choices 😉
We arrived just after lunch on Christmas Eve and hung out around the house that afternoon. Mom and Larbs were cooking up a storm for the party that night!
Someone was REALLY excited to get to open his Cranky the Crane present from Grammie early!
We had lots of food for our party – shrimp, pork tacos, crudites, guacamole, bean and kale dip, meatballs.
Plus a lovely cheese plate! Always my favorite ; )
Before bed, Mazen put out his stocking!
And then we tucked him into his sleeping bag next to Daffy.
Christmas morning was actually quite chill. Mazen didn’t really remember that Santa came and the living room was tucked off his beaten path enough that we were able to stall so that all the grownups could get up and brunch underway before we went in for presents. During that time Matt and I snuck in a 4.5 mile run! It was steamy out there!
Once home and quickly showered, we asked Mazen if he thought Santa had come. He lit up and padded into the room to see!
It was so sweet to see his face! He got a soccer goal and ball, Mr. Potato Head, a handful of games, lot of play-doh accessories and some train things!
We opened all the family gifts as well – how cute is this fireman!
Brunch was great – an assortment of egg, mushroom and spinach casserole, breads, yogurt & granola, fruit salad, mimosas and bloody marys.
(We have the darkest dining room in town!)
We had photographer Sharyn come that afternoon to capture some fun family photos!
We spent the rest of the afternoon playing corn hole and/or reading books – sometimes both!
Christmas dinner followed. We had ham, sweet potato casserole, cranberry sauce, massaged kale salad, and rolls.
Favors included cake pops made by my mom’s friend and monogrammed soap dispensers!
We had THREE pies for dessert – chocolate chip pecan, pumpkin and peppermint ice cream.
And then we rolled ourselves to bed!
This morning I woke up craving sweat + greens, so that’s exactly what I did! I found a hot yoga studio in Chapel Hill – Red Room Yoga – and hit up the 10am class. It was great!!!! 99 degrees when I left. Afterwards, I went to Weaver Street for some green juice and a kale salad with tofu on top.