Happy Boxing Day to all my Canadian/ British blogger friends! I’ve got about 3 posts to get written up today, but I figured I’d start with the Christmas recap.
Christmas started Wednesday afternoon. I got out of work early and headed home to spend some quality time with my future sister-in-law Nicki. We baked cookies, got sushi, drank wine, and watched Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. (We’re both HUGE Harry Potter nerds.)
My family used to spend Christmas Eve with my dad’s family because it was my Grandma Ruth’s birthday. After both my grandparent’s had passed, we started the tradition of having the most indulgent dinner ever on Christmas Eve. Every year we have Alaskan King Crab legs, steak (filets), and creme brulee for dessert.
This year we added lamb to the mix. Nicki’s mom and brother Jon joined us for dinner as well.
My dessert plate. My mom’s amazing creme brulee and a Snickerdoodle (the ones that didn’t got photographed on Wednesday.) I was only able to eat about 1/4 of the creme brulee because I have a pretty low tolerance for dairy.
I did have a bit of a kitchen mishap while making the casserole. You needed to bake the hashbrowns for about 10 minutes and then pressed them down into the bottom of the pan before adding the meat, veggies, and eggs. While I was pressing the hasbrowns down, I caught my wrist on the edge of the pans, and burned myself! I got it under cold running water right away, but it’s a little raw and definitely stings a bit!
We opened presents while the breakfast casserole was baking. Santa was very nice to me this year. He brought me a Wii, with Wii Fit Plus and Wii Play. He also brought me some various Wii accessories. My brothers and Nicki got me a box full of Christmas kitchen/ dinner room stuff all matching the snowman placemats I currently have. I got a cookie jar, salt and pepper shakers, two placements, a couple hand towels, mugs, and a serving platter. I’m really excited about this stuff. I love snowman stuff because you can leave it out all winter long, not just during the Christmas season! Chris got some large cereal bowls (so he can stop complaining about how small ours are), a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, and a really nice Columbia fleece jacket.
Other gift highlights from the day were Nicki got a new wakeboard and bindings from my brother, my dad got a Snuggie, my mom got muffin top pans and an iPod touch, Nick got new wakeboard bindings and a new computer monitor, and Alex got a new stereo complete with a giant sub-woofer.
Santa brought Chris and me even more cool stuff. We got wine glasses, a wine chiller and electronic bottle opener, a Christmas tree serving platter, some other white serving dishes, a set of 6 Pyrex bowls, and a Chris got some clothing and other fun stuff.
So there’s my lengthy Christmas re-cap. I have so many more photos. They’re all over on my Picasa site if you want to take a look.
My mom’s going to be picking me up to go to yoga and the gym soon. I need to start working off some of these Christmas calories! My ringworm is nearly cleared up, and it doesn’t itch when I sweat so running starts again today. I think I’m going to revise and get back on track with my 15K training plan. I abandoned that about 2 weeks in.
I also plan to get caught up on blogging. I’m going to be on a blogging roll today!
Still to come…
- My brother’s engagement
- My 10 in 2010
- My re-focused fitness plan