Well, hey there! Long time no blog, eh? I think itz the first time in my two years of blogging that I took off two regularly posting days. Double that with the weekend and itz been almost a week since I’ve checked in with you! Not to fear, all is good here in this part of the blogosphere and I’m back! The past week was spent wrapping up the holidays 2013 and, like everyone is saying, I can’t believe they’re over. They were spent exactly how I love – with friends and family! I didn’t take too many pictures, so I’ll recap with the pictures that I do have. Otherwise, you’ll just have to do a little reading. 🙂 Itz good for you!
Wednesday: Christmas! Jonny and I spent the day together, and headed to our good friends’ for their beautiful and delicious Christmas dinner. Whitney is just a couple of weeks away from having their second child – doesn’t she look fabulous??
Whitney is pregnant with a boy, so we’re excited to be having boys so close together. Our husbands have already been talking about all the sports teams they’ll be coaching in just a few years just as they played together growing up! And the cutie in the picture is Ainsley, their almost-two-year-old daughter.
We gifted her the Pinkalicious books which, in my opinion, are the cutest books for little girls! The main books are Pinkalicious, Silverlicious, Goldilicious, and Purplicious, and these were the first books I bought my niece Audrey and Annette’s baby Lily. Ainsley was hilarious and loves to “read” as she would put the book on the ground, turn the page, pick up the book, and hold it right in front of her face. Too adorable!
Thursday: It was my grandpa Poppy’s 85th birthday, so my parents took the family out to dinner to Kreis’ Steakhouse. Poppy is seriously the youngest 85-year-old you’ll ever meet!
We enjoyed a wonderful meal and had many good laughs as my dad’s older brother also joined us. My dad and his brother act like total goofballs when they are together; even when we’re out in public during nice dinners!
Time spent with family and friends is always marvelous which is precisely why I’m linking up with Healthy Diva’s Marvelous in my Monday today!
Jonny went back to work, so I laid low at home and went to hang out with my parents for a little while.
That picture of my parents is from our Thursday night dinner, but I had no other pictures for Friday, so it will suffice!
Saturday: Saturday was another relaxing day. I did so much laying around this weekend, and I felt a bit lazy about it, but this many days off in a row are rare for me, so I took full advantage of it! Plus, I got in a couple of slow walks on our basement treadmill, so I wasn’t totally lazy all day long. I started Saturday morning off with breakfast at First Watch with one of my good friends, Danielle. She was so sweet to bring Baby Itz 3 adorable onesies and bibs! Girl time, girl talk, and good food always makes for a great way to start the morning!
On Saturday evening, Jonny and I picked up our niece and nephew Jacob and Audrey after they walked down the aisle in a wedding and before the reception began and spent the evening with them.
When we got in the car, Jacob was quick to say, “Audrey was not a good girl!” Haha gotta love the honesty of a four-year-old! We made homemade pizza for dinner and sugar cookies with loooots of frosting and sprinkles for dessert! The best kind! Audrey proceeded to lick off all of her frosting and sprinkles without taking an actual bite of her cookie!
Sunday: Yep, you guessed it – another lazy day! Although amidst my lazy days, I have done a considerable amount of laundry, cleaning, and baking. My days haven’t been so totally unproductive. Some of the goods I’ve made include:
- Fudge Crinkle Cookies with peanut butter chips added to some and white chocolate chips and dried cranberries added to others <– AMAZING!
- Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Browned Butter from Mama Pea – this is an excellent recipe for a green side dish and I’ll be making it again for New Year’s Eve.
- Fresh Cranberry Sauce from The Lean Green Bean. Whoever knew making cranberry sauce could be so easy? I just made this last night and can’t wait to use it on everything I eat for the next couple days!
Jonny and I went to my in-laws for our Sunday night dinner with family friends. Another excellent meal and time spent with our loving family and friends. Really can’t ask for more in life right now. Itz good.
How was your holiday week/weekend? Tell me something marvelous!