Happy Monday, everyone! I am thrilled to have a more relaxing day after a hectic weekend of Christmas shopping and work on both days (though work wasn’t the hectic part). I don’t work today, but do need to finish wrapping my gifts and then get to UPS to ship everything out. I guess the UPS part could be a little bit chaotic, but I gotta get it done if I want my family to receive their gifts by Christmas Eve.
I really wish Jesse and I could both go home for Christmas, especially because it’s the first year in a long time that all the cousins will be together at my family Christmas with my mom’s side. As we’ve grown older, that rarely happens anymore. Not only that, but I’d love to see my grandparents and family on the other side too. My grandma, who is 88, was just diagnosed with breast cancer and had surgery last week — there will be more surgery to come too. I don’t normally ask for this kind of stuff, but if you don’t mind, will you please send out some positive thoughts and prayers for her and my family? It would really mean a lot and I would be most appreciative.
I also would love to go home because it’s a winter wonderland back there and the snow is so beautiful! I’ve been seeing pictures and it makes me want to go out and play! I’d especially love to play with my little nephews in the snow. Plane tickets are just too expensive this year and it’s not within our budget (or even close). On the bright side, it’s giving us the chance to start some of our own traditions and have a Christmas tree too, which we wouldn’t have gotten if we had travel plans. Not having to deal with the crazy airport and possible delays is nice too. I’m still very grateful this holiday season and happy to be celebrating in our own way.
Anyway, here’s a little update as to what’s been going on with our 24 days of togetherness:
Day 1: Go out for breakfast or dinner
Day 2: Share your first memory of one another
Day 3: Take a walk and get a coffee or tea
Day 4: Share a favorite Christmas memory
Day 5: Buy a small gift for one another
Day 6: Drink a hot adult beverage
Day 7: Make paleo rum balls (recipe to come!)
Day 8: Go out to see a movie (we went and saw Catching Fire)
Day 9: Pick out a new Christmas ornament
Day 10: Workout together for a week (on a 3-day split)
Day 11: Watch Elf
Day 12: Make breakfast for dinner (we had bacon with an Italian chicken sausage and broccoli scramble)
Day 13: Share 5 things we like about our relationship (funny/cute things)
Day 14: Wild card
Day 15: Put a small surprise in each other’s stocking and don’t open until Christmas day
Day 16: Find and learn a game we can both enjoy (2 player card game, board game or otherwise)
Meanwhile, I’m slacking on recipes a bit. I feel like I got back into a rut after Thanksgiving. I’ve been making things that I’ve already shared before or that aren’t really worthy of sharing because they are so straight forward (like steamed veggies with butter and chicken sausage). If you have suggestions of recipes or the types of dishes you’d like to see, please let me know! I am totally open to ideas and feedback. Thanks in advance!