I wanted to share a recap of how our Christmas weekend went. Hang with me, I feel like this is kind of a long blog post, but there is so much to share and recap. I figured it would be easiest to break it all down by day, so here we go!
This was the day of my IUI, so before we did anything Christmassy, we had business to take care of. Once that was over, we went home and spent hours baking 100 cookies (not exaggerating) and decorating as many as we could before we were about to pass out at the table. I don’t know why we always do this to ourselves every year. You’d think by now we’d know to cut these recipes in half. This year we went with this sugar cookie recipe and it was fantastic! The cookies were absolutely perfect. For gingerbread cookies, we went with this recipe, and they always taste wonderful, but we have to add a ton of flour to roll them out because the dough is always too sticky to work with. I think next year we’ll try a different recipe. I just love the spiciness of those cookies, which is why we keep making them year after year. I’d definitely make them again if the intent isn’t to cut them out and decorate.
Christmas Eve morning I woke up in a lot of pain. My ovaries were incredibly swollen and it hurt to just walk. Zoey kept wanting to sit in my lap and I couldn’t let her. All I could do was take some Tylenol (which does nothing) and drink as much water as possible. I also tried to make sure I had plenty of protein in me, just in case this was the start of OHSS. I just prayed and prayed that it would go away in time for Christmas morning. I weighed myself and was relieved that I hadn’t gained anything (rapid weight gain is a symptom of OHSS), so I knew this had to just be my ovaries settling down after ovulating from the trigger, and quite possibly the rest of the cyst rupturing since it was mainly on my right side that I was hurting. Both sides were extremely uncomfortable, but righty definitely led the pack.
Aside from my pain, we enjoyed some quiet time at home the first part of the day and then did our jammie exchange. This year, I got Glenn another pair of Doctor Who jammie pants (last year he got the ones with the tardis all over them), and they are the pattern of one of the doctor’s scarves. So sorry I don’t know the name… I haven’t been able to get into that show like him, so to you Whovians out there, sorry I can’t name the dude who wears the scarf. 😉 All I know is it’s a nice pattern, and those are the pants I got him. They can be purchased on ThinkGeek. He got me some white and blue chevron pants, and they are so comfortable and beautiful. My favorite shade of blue. For Zoey, we got a Blankie Tail! You may have seen these all over Facebook and Pinterest lately. We totally got her one and she loves it. She has slept in it every night since. 🙂
That evening, we went to Glenn’s mom’s side for an “eat as you please” finger-foods dinner and presents. I can’t believe it was as warm as it was… we totally could have done a bonfire if we had thought to plan for it. 70 degrees for Christmas Eve is beyond weird for us here in Tennessee. It only makes us want to brace ourselves even harder for what January and February will bring, as they tend to be the peak of winter for us here.
One of the coolest items that Zoey got this day was a Beauty and the Beast record that her Mimi and Papa Don had apparently purchased while we were all at Disney World with them in October. It is gorgeous. Belle is printed on one side – the Beast on the other. It is definitely an item to keep forever.
This day was the first moment that Zoey really understood what it feels like to give. She sat and watched her cousins open their presents from her and she was so proud – she had picked them out with such care and thoughtfulness. She was giddy just watching them open and patiently waited for her turn. At one point I turned to her and whispered, “Isn’t it awesome to give to others?” She gave me a huge smile and just nodded, so proud of herself.
This Christmas is the first year that Zoey woke up before us and ran into our room exclaiming “Santa came!” right at 5:20 AM. Every year we either had to wake her up ourselves, or she just didn’t understand Christmas morning. Now that she is almost 6 years old, she gets it, and she was so excited to open her gifts, and to give us ours from her.
The big gift from us this year was this pink guitar. We didn’t want to get her one that was too expensive, because she is just five years old, but we also knew we needed to get her one that sounds decent so she can learn properly. I can’t tell you how many reviews I read of several guitars before we finally settled on this one. I’m glad we went with it – it’s wood, not plastic, and it sounds like a guitar should sound. I think it’ll be easy for Zoey to learn on.
I received some really sweet items from Glenn and Zoey, but I think the ones I was most excited about are tied between this diffuser and The Pioneer Woman’s new cookbook. I ended up getting duplicates of one gift, so I returned it and purchased myself this beautiful Pioneer Woman cast iron skillet. This is my very first piece of cast iron and I am so excited to use it. I have been wanting cast iron for some time now, especially to take camping.
I got Glenn several items from Think Geek that he had on his wishlist, including this crazy fun game called HoverKraft, which we all played for hours. No exaggeration. Even Zoey got in on the fun. I think the other favorite thing I got him was this LEGO brick mug. He has already customized it in pure geek glory. 😉 Oh, and I forgot to mention that I put tickets to the new Star Wars movie in his stocking. We’re going on New Years Day!
As for the rest of Christmas Day, we spent it in our jammies and playing with Zoey’s new toys. She got a couple of different princess LEGO sets and we spent hours putting them together and playing with them.
Food-wise, we have a tradition every Christmas to make homemade donuts, and I also make a homemade chocolate glaze for the top. Award winning, I tell you. Perfect every time. The rest of the day, we grazed. For lunch, I made an antipasto platter with salami, cheese, olives, the works. In the evening, we made some stuffed jalapenos, pinwheels, a few different dips, and snacked the night away.
This was the end of our Christmas festivities. We started the day meeting up with Jennifer Phillips – some of you may remember the book review I did on the blog earlier this year. She is the author of Bringing Lucy Home, a fabulous book that I highly recommend. She has a blog, too. I worked with her when I was working for her first book publisher, but we had only done business on the phone and via email since she was on the other side of the world. On December 26, we finally met in person! She came to the States from Australia for a 6-week visit for Christmas, and we had the opportunity to meet up for lunch. I’m so thankful that we got this chance to meet. It’s amazing how you can meet someone for the first time in person, after only having a long-distance friendship, and feel like you’ve been lifelong friends. So grateful.
After meeting up with Jennifer, we went straight to Glenn’s dad’s for Christmas, and once again enjoyed a smorgasbord of amazing food, and grazed into the evening. Nothing says “Merry Christmas” quite like cocktail shrimp, homemade salsa, and a beautiful spread of fresh veggies. Those were my three items of choice all night. I lost count of how many cherry tomatoes I consumed, but I will admit that I ate three bowls of his dad’s salsa. Amazing, I tell you.
We did our gift exchanges and Zoey’s coolest gift was a Lite Brite! Raise your hand if you remember having one as a kid and LOVED it! I was so excited to play with this… with her, of course. 😉 The times sure have changed. Back in my day (wow, I sound old), Lite Brite was a lot bigger, and we had paper templates on the screen that we had to poke holes through. Zoey’s kit came with reusable, color-coded templates, and even pre-cut shapes, so it wasn’t all just little pegs. It also lights up better than ours did back then. She loves it, and so do I… ahem.
Happy New Year
So that was our Christmas, and now we have New Years Eve to look forward to! We are spending the evening with some friends, and I look forward to ringing in the new year with good food, good company, card games, and records. 🙂 New Years Day we’ll go see Star Wars and start the year off right. I am looking forward to it.
What was your favorite part of Christmas this year?