The Christmas Roundup!

I hope everyone had an amazing holiday! I’m thankful I was able to spend both days with my family. I had some friends who weren’t able to make it home for Christmas, and some who worked (hospitals don’t close on Christmas!), so I was especially grateful.

This post is going to be very picture heavy. I almost use this blog as a diary for myself. One day I will be able to look back and remember these times :)

Christmas Eve was great! We did the family brunch and it was excellent. I got all dressed up!

Dress was a little big, so I tied it up with a broken necklace!

Dress was a little big, so I tied it up with a broken necklace!

Phoebe was not feeling the pictures that morning, so this was from a while ago… She’s too big for this sweater now!

Looks like a little toy

Looks like a little toy

She's grown so much already!

She’s grown so much already!

I played around on my phone a bit too since Phoebe was being uncooperative. Is everyone else in love with these Instagram collage apps? So addictive!

Sparkly for Christmas Eve! Love red lipstick

Sparkly for Christmas Eve! Love red lipstick

G-Mama and Pop Pop did an excellent job with all the food! I skipped the meat choices obviously, but really enjoyed the biscuits again :)

Coca-Cola Ham

Coca-Cola Ham

Bacon and Sausage

Heaven. White Chocolate Chip Waffles... yeah enough said!

Heaven. White Chocolate Chip Waffles… yeah enough said!

Ready to eat?

Ready to eat?

I loaded up on protein with the eggs and egg whites!

I also brought my own greek yogurt :)

I also brought my own greek yogurt :)

And then I couldn’t resist having some of that waffle!

"And in the morning... I'm making waffles"- Donkey from Shrek

“And in the morning… I’m making waffles”- Donkey from Shrek

After brunch came some family pictures…

Casey, Bells, and Minnie!

Casey, Bells, and Minnie! Phoebes tried to sneak in

Then it started to snow! It picked up a little later, but eventually turned to yucky rain. A little bit of a white Christmas was great though!

If you look close you can see the snowflakes

If you look close you can see the snowflakes

I gave Bella her Christmas Eve present too!

Candy (lick a stick!), toys, build a bear and starbucks cards, and the classic fart cup ;)

Candy (lick a stick!), toys, build a bear and starbucks cards, and the classic fart cup ;)

The hit was the 99 cent fart cup (like the old Gak I had as a kid). We pretty much all fought over it. That’s my family folks, we are super classy, but awesome!

Laughing at the noises

Laughing at the noises

We had a great Christmas Eve and I ended up discovering some sugar cookies. Chocolate chip? No big deal. Peanut Butter? I’ll pass. SUGAR COOKIE! GIVE ME NOW!

Jackpot

Jackpot

Okay so I cheated.... I did good Thanksgiving, but you have to live a little!

Okay so I cheated…. I did good on Thanksgiving, but you have to live a little!

I actually ended up living quite a bit! It’s one time out of the year, and decided I shouldn’t deprive myself and I need to enjoy the holidays. I can always run it off later right?

That night G-Mama and Pop Pop decided to give me an early present….

Big time blogger now! Bye Bye fuzzy iPhone pictures!

Big time blogger now! Bye Bye fuzzy iPhone pictures!

I was super excited! My parents are my number one supporters for my blog writing. They love it and encourage me 100% and I couldn’t be a luckier daughter!

In the morning I played with it since it was fully charged! Santa came :)

Pic of the tree with the new camera! Santa left goodies!

Pic of the tree with the new camera! Santa left goodies!

Phoebe tried to steal my coffee while we opened presents

Isn’t Shelby gorgeous? I hope Phoebe gets a coat like this!

Santa brought Phoebe a carrier that she can move in now! Outgrew her puppy one :)

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The girls opened presents and fought over the same toy of course

This was one of my FAVORITE gifts!

The best cookware on the PLANET. I have wanted this baby for a very long time! Caribbean blue

The best cookware on the PLANET. I have wanted this baby for a very long time! Caribbean blue. Lots of healthy recipes to come using this

Casey, Drue and Bells finally came and we shared Christmas day together!

Stunning!

Stunning! Look at those boots. Definitely my favorite picture out of the bunch

Sisters

Sisters (obviously taken with iPhone)

We opened more gifts…

Measuring cups! Perfect match to my dutch oven

Measuring cups! Perfect match to my dutch oven

Bundt cake pan and a drawing from Bella

Bundt cake pan and a drawing from Bella

Just my style

Just my style

And had a fabulous Christmas dinner. I loaded up on G-Mama’s “salad bar”. She made a huge thing of salad and put all the salad fixings on the lazy susan. We could top it with anything we wanted. So fun and yummy

Salad bar

My family had chicken and crab cakes, I made my tofu! We also had potatoes, rolls, and some other sides

"Crabcakes and football! That's what Maryland does!"

“Crabcakes and football! That’s what Maryland does!”

After dinner, Bella played with her toys a little and we played a game. Bella and I were on a team and we won of course. “My team always wins!”- Thank you Monica Gellar for being a TV show character version of me

Santa gave Bella a guitar and I had a Taylor Swift moment, while testing my timer.. still have to work out the kinks, little blurry

Santa gave Bella a guitar and I had a Taylor Swift moment while testing my timer.. still have to work out the kinks, little blurry

Phoebe was a really great girl today. She just chilled out, there was so much going on, she didn’t know what to think!

My girl

My girl

We finally made it home in the evening, and although we love G-Mama and Pop Pops, it felt good to be home! We relaxed, played, and watched Friends

One of my favorite episodes, where Ross does the British accent as a professor, "ELLO RACHEL!"

One of my favorite episodes, where Ross does the British accent as a professor, “ELLO RACHEL!”

Phoebe got so much from Santa, he went a little crazy!

Phoebe got so much from Santa, he went a little crazy!

I have to say again that I am so blessed to have such amazing people (and puppies) in my life. So happy everyone is healthy and we can enjoy the holidays together.

Tomorrow I am excited to get back in the gym. Like I said, I enjoyed these two days of food, but definitely couldn’t do it every day. Of course I felt a little bit of guilt, which is why I go into beast mode tomorrow to burn it all off!

Hope you had a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

XOXO Love my new camera!

XOXO Love my new camera!

XOXO With a Cherry On Top,

-Minnie

P.S. Back tomorrow with a new recipe. Oh yeah, and I was also given a crock pot! Score! Slow cooking Skinny Minnie Meals here I come :)

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