Merry Christmas to All

Hey again! 🙂

Did you all have a wonderful Christmas, if you celebrated? I really hope so!! Mine was great – relaxing, full of family, and full of good food and drink. What more can you ask for?

The husband and I ended up working straight up until noon on Christmas Eve. You know what that means – more go, go, go! As soon as we got home and got ready, we headed over to my Aunt’s house for a little Secret Santa and champagne action. See, told ya where ever there’s my family, there’s champagne! 😉 From there, we all drove over to my parents’ house, where we celebrated with food, cards, wine, and gifts!


Shane, me, my dad, and my mom. This picture was taken right before Niko nearly bit Buck’s head off out of jealousy of my holding him. Niko’s pretty territorial of certain people… *eye roll*

Also not too long after this picture was taken, my brother arrived!


(Hope you don’t mind that I’m posting this picture, Mike! :))

We had intended on going to the 8:30 church service, but the time got ahead of us while playing euchre, and opening gifts, so we just stayed home with family instead.

My family has a tradition of opening all of the gifts besides stockings on Christmas Eve ever since Santa became a fictional character.

Oh, and lookie here what I got!!


HA! I wish. It’s actually my dad’s Cannon 40D camera. Pure awesomeness. I can’t believe he’s letting me borrow it for a week! Thanks, Dad – I’ll take really good care of it. Gotta practice if I’m going to own one of my own some day! Shh. A girl can dream 😉

Obviously, I went overboard with taking a pictures the whole night.





Wouldja look at the detail on that broc?! Broccoli is so much better seen from a 40D perspective, clearly.


Colossal shrimp:


One thing I love about get togethers at my parents’ house is I always know there will be healthy food out. She knows how to pick a damn good veggie tray, and always has TONS of fresh fruit in the house. Growing up, my friends always loved coming over because my mom always had fresh fruit cut up, waiting to be eaten. On the other side, I loved to go to their houses, because there were tons of cookies, and sweets – stuff we didn’t have at home!

I also made eggnog for the very first time. I made it a wee bit healthier by using 2% milk instead of whole, and half and half instead of heavy cream. Yep…that’s the healthy version! :-p


And I may or may not have put some of that brandy in the back ground here 😉


Then one-by-one we all tore into our presents:


Once midnight hit, I was falling asleep in the chair, and had to go to bed! I’d been up since 4:45 and it was a long day!

Someone else was rather pooped, too:


Besides, we had to wake up bright and early to see what Santa left in our stockings!


My Nana made me my stocking years and years ago. It’s been “lost for good” more than a handful of times. Why is it so easy to lose stockings? I don’t know what I’d do if I ever really lost it!

I’m not sure who made Shane’s but clearly whoever did, put in just as much effort on his as my Nana did mine 😉


Scotch taping is an art, you know.

Apparently Shane was extra good this year, as Santa was so inclined to leave him some hotties in his stocking:


Skanks 😉

After stocking shenanigans, I had a Christmas breakfast of plain oikos, Kashi Harvest, and Bare Naked granola:


Sad that I had about a 10 minute photo shoot with a bowl of cereal, playing with the 40D haha    

Soon after, the husband and I headed back on home. The weather was getting a little crappy, and we didn’t want to have to deal with that along with holiday traffic. Plus, we had to go and see what Santa left in our stockings!

While opening the stockings, I made Shane something he’s been asking about for days:


I came back and three were gone. Apparently he had two, and “Niko” had one 😉

The best part of the stocking gifts was the ornament Shane got me. Each year since we’ve had a Christmas in this house, we’ve exchanged ornaments with each other. And the first year, Shane got me the weirdest/ugliest owl ornament out there.


This year’s just might top it:


Ugly little owl, I love you so 😀

I made a deliciously healthy lunch of brown rice, black and kidney beans, steamed kale, and soy sauce:

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We had a rule of not being too productive on Christmas, so some of the rest of the days festivities included:

Playing some euchre…


Modeling my new Lululemon track jacket…


And I evev managed to sneak in a work out in – 45 minutes on the elliptical with 20 minutes of lower body strength training. Woot!

Then did a whole lot of relaxing (how nice!) and it was already time for dinner! I made a simple and yummy veggie and tofu stir-fry:

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NOMs allll around :-)    

Well thanks for letting me share what a RAN Christmas is like! It was such a wonderful Christmas. Couldn’t have asked for more. I hope yours was the same and more!!

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night (morning!)


I hope we all have a nice, relaxing recovery weekend from the holiday! I’m off to the gym for a quick 3 mile run before a yoga session. Should be just what this girl needs!


What was your favorite part about Christmas this year? How about the meal?


13 Responses

  1. I am so glad you loved Christmas 2009. So did I:-) Your pics are extra beautiful with that camera.
    Wish me luck…while you are on your 3 mile run and yoga, I’m hoping to get into a spin class at my gym as a walk in. I was too chicken to actually call ahead.

  2. Merry Christmas girl!! 🙂

  3. happy holidays!!
    looks like you had a fabulous time with your loved ones!

    ps. those cinnamon rolls look divine!

  4. Aww looks like you had a great Christmas! Gorgeous photos!

  5. Mmmmm, I want one of those cinnamon buns! Glad you had a merry Christimas!

  6. I’m so glad that you had such a lovely Christmas! Sounds like a perfect mix of family, food, and holiday spirit. 🙂

    That camera is SO impressive! What amazing shots! And can I just say that your Oikos, Kashi, and granola breakfast looks FABULOUS!?



    looks like you had so much fun, as would i if i could play with an awesome camera like that. the photos are GORGEOUS!

    so glad you had a great christmas – your new track jacket is adorable. lots of love to you!

  8. Oh, I love your ugly lil owl too! I love owls so much. Hope your enjoyed yourself with fam and friends

  9. The food was definitely my favorite part of Christmas this year, but then again it’s my favorite part of Christmas every year! Looks like you had a blast, how lucky you get to babysit that awesome camera for a week. Can’t wait to see the photos you take!

  10. “where ever there’s my family, there’s champagne!” — Wish my family thought in those terms, Id get along great with yours!

    The tofu stir fry looks great! I just made one sans tofu. The cinny rolls though OMG I NEED THOSE!!!!!!!!!!!!! Childhood fave for sure!

    I sent your info to the Nutridel peeps.

    And your holiday looks lovely. Meal here was a salad. There were no gifts. We just were with each other 🙂

  11. Looks like a great Christmas!! Love the lululemon jacket!

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