Sunday, December 24, 2017

Ho Ho Home

^^Santa is always watching! 

Merrrrrrry Christmas Eve! We just spent the weekend in Hillsborough visiting my parents, sister and family. My parents are s l o w l y moving from the house I grew up in to a new house in their same neighborhood. They now have beds and mattresses at the new house, so we were able to stay there for the first time! It was SO NICE to have plentiful bathrooms (growing up we just had one for the whole family upstairs) and modern touches like their gas fireplace.

Now that Emerson can walk, Mazen had fun chasing her around and making her laugh.

Where’s your cousin?!

Check out the open floor plan! (Rugs, kitchen tables, etc. all still in progress.)


I brought some Virginia wine to share, and we snacked in cheese, crackers, guac and chips before dinner.

My parents made chili in the slow cooker, cornbread and salad for dinner.

After dinner we opened gifts! We always do a Secret Santa exchange, which I love because you put a lot of thought into one solid gift. My Santa was too generous with gift cards to Athleta and LOFT and some soaps and bubble bath from my favorite Deep Steep line. (Thanks MOM!)

Mazen got a new tiger and a sleeping bag (this one)! Thomas wants to take him camping (I would be happy to stay home, but I think I’m going to have to go too!)

My mom also bought him this star night light constellation projector that turns your room into a planetarium-like star scene. It rotates the stars around and changes colors – so cool!

Nigh-night!! Hope Santa comes to your house tonight!

I’ll be sharing part II of our visit soon : )

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24 Days of Togetherness (Days 20-24)

I can’t believe this year’s 24 Days of Togetherness is over just like that. The holiday season seriously FLEW BY this year. I’m a little sad that it’s over, but we definitely had a blast and created some wonderful memories together as a family. And, of course, I love that I was able to document and share them here. Although, truth be told, we didn’t exactly stick with the plan this year as you’ll see in this little recap of our final days of 24 Days of Togetherness. Merry Christmas, everyone!

Day 20: Drink hot chocolate. 

Day 21: Have a holiday happy hour! Mal and I (obviously) went to Scarlet Oak to enjoy some drinks and apps.

Day 22: Buy each other $5 gifts. We actually ended up using these as stocking stuffers for each other. Mal and I ended up getting each other new kitchen counters for Christmas, so we didn’t do traditional gifts this year. We’re planning to install a backsplash next week, so I’ll share photos of the final product then.  Related: If you’re local and looking to upgrade your counters, definitely drop me an email. The contractor that did ours was amazing and SO AFFORDABLE!


Day 23: Have a fire. We ended up at the ER instead. I seriously messed up my back and hip at CrossFit, so we spent the evening in the hospital instead of in front of a fire. 

Day 24: Make holiday pancakes

2017 – 24 Days of Togetherness


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