Good morning! Welcome to holiday edition of 12/26: Friday’s Favorite Things. Christmas certainly went by in a flash in this neck of the woods. Unfortunately I had a touch of the stomach flu so it was a bit of a slow start for me. Scott and I are staying with his parents this year. By the time I got up his niece and nephew had already opened most of their gifts.
12/26: Friday’s Favorite Things
I was grateful to feel a little better as the day went on and to be able to eat dinner with everyone.
On Fridays, I like to do a round of favorite things to share with you. They are typically unrelated and only connected that they caught my eye throughout the week. Most of mine today are Christmas related of course. As always I invite you to join in and share what made this week special for you!
Day with My Mom
On Tuesday, I spent the day with my mom which was lovely. She kept me company while I got my hair done. We then had lunch together and shopped for gifts for my sister’s upcoming engagement party.
Of course, no outing this time of year is complete without a Starbucks coffee in a signature red cup.
Scott’s mom makes legendary Christmas Cookies. Despite having foot surgery before Thanksgiving she managed to whip up her all her signature creations plus a few new recipes.
There is something truly special about her tradition. I snapped this quick pick of Scott with his mom as they put together cookie platters on Christmas Eve.
Not being near my family is the hardest part of being away from New Jersey. It was so nice to spend Christmas Eve having dinner, drinking wine and opening presents. My mom, Lesley and I are probably laughing about….nothing.
Lesley and her fiancee, Billy
And our Nana.
Scott looking cute and helping out in the kitchen.
River, my sister’s dog, making a dive for anything on the counter.
I think holiday decorations have the ability to put us in a wonderful mood and acknowledge the holidays. As we get older, I know we all sometimes comment that it does not feel like Christmas. Seeing lights as well as a lovely tree always makes me feel cheerful.
Scott & Annie Dancing
Scott was a professional dancer for several years before he decided to retire and pursue a career as an athletic coach. His 4 year-old niece, Annie, has been taking ballet lessons for the past few months and loves it. Her class was cancelled this week since it was Christmas so Scott’s sister promised her Uncle Scott would dance with her.
Scott and Annie entertained us for quite a while in the living room with the Nutcracker playing in the background. It was all rather adorable.
We ended the evening with a delicious dinner and more gifts by the tree.
I always love quotes that I connect to emotionally that truly motivate me. This is a great one.
I have a lot of big plans for next year, and I feel like I can use all the motivation I can get. I am in the process of thinking about my goals for next year, and I will be putting together a post to share them with you soon.
We have the engagement party on Sunday and also plan to spend more time with family and friends.
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