Happy Holiday

Hello! I hope you had a wonderful holiday, however you celebrated. Is it just us, or did it go way too fast? I feel like I didn’t do half the stuff I normally like to do and everything just felt so rushed.


That aside, we had a wonderful holiday with my side of the family this year. We enjoyed back-to-back feasts of authentic Mexican tacos, chile rellenos, cornbread pudding and beans on Christmas Eve, and a more traditional meal of ham, cheesy potatoes and broccoli casserole on Christmas Day.


The tacos and cornbread pudding are my absolute favorite.


Christmas Day feast:



And if there was any chance you had any room after either of those meals, the 6-seat formal dining room table was completely covered in cookies, Chex mix and caramel corn. And our annual puzzle.


My dad and I are completely obsessed with puzzles, and we’ve found a new partner-in-crime in my brother’s girlfriend Madi. We knocked out over half in one night!

When we weren’t stuffing our faces, we were gaming and watching every holiday movie we could think of. We played nearly eight straight hours of Guild Wars 2, and managed to find the very obscure television Christmas specials of He-Man and She-Ra and The Flinstones. Christmas before Christ’s birth? Why not.

To offset some of our laziness, I hit up CrossFit on Christmas Eve day and we ran a few miles with my brother on the trail near our house. It was frigid, but well worth it.


We finally opened presents late Christmas Day. There were some hilarious gag gifts, plenty of new reading material and kitchen gadgets, and all-new workout gear. Neil bought me a new Lululemon top and bottom and all-new New Balance Minimus’s (my fav). From me, he received Rogue wrist wraps, workout shirts and a Stick to roll out his sore muscles. I also bought him a sweet new coffee thermos and a bag of amazing coffee (So good you can drink it black!)



Clive and Matilda also received a few special treats — a bully stick and a few center bones. They were nearly unresponsive with bliss for an hour and the slurps and teeth gnashing could be heard all over the house.


So a great Christmas, lots of food, laughs and family. Now it’s onto New Year’s! Can you believe 2012 is almost over!?

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