Ahh… it has been such a nice week. I feel a little bit rejuvenated and happy from having spent some quality time with my family in my cozy little Nebraskan town. Â It does a soul some good. Â I didn’t spend very much time behind the lens because I wanted to soak up as much time with my little boy and family as I could.
On Tuesday when David got off work, we headed straight to Nebraska for Christmas Eve festivities. Â When we arrived, it was apparent that my mom and sister had been slaving away getting everything ready. Â There was a spread of mixers for cocktails, homemade marshmallows covered in vegan chocolate, nut crackers, salami and cheese and homemade pizza dough with all the fix ins’.
I love my mom’s tree!
Enjoying a pink polar bear drink – vodka, almond milk and grenadine.
Thomas the Train!
We always play games on Christmas Eve, so this year we played xBox bowling while we waited for our individual pizzas to cook.
My mom and sister made everyone homemade dough and cut up all the toppings as well as made homemade marinara sauce. Â They made my sister and I gluten-free crust too, so I could eat my weight in pizza! Â Oh how I missed you pizza.
We also always get new pajamas on Christmas Eve. Â My sister and I got Victoria’s Secret sweatshirts and leggings and the boys got new Lululemon pants! Â David wears his old Lululemon pants approximately 300 days out of the year – no joke.
On Christmas morning, we got up and saw what Santa had brought for us! Â He sure was good to everyone this year. Â I got so many cool things that I’m so excited about including some reusable paper towels, natural lotion, soap and cosmetics, earrings, some treats, gift cards, Asics socks and lots more.
When all the stockings were opened, it was time for breakfast! Â We always drink mimosas and eat yummy food. Â This year, my mom found a recipe for buckwheat pancakes for my sister and I, so we ate those and she made monkey bread for the boys and herself.
The rest of the weekend was filled with relaxation and hanging out at mom’s house. Â Also – this happened:
I might say this every year, but this year was merry and meaningful. Â The emotions were a little bit higher this year than normal. As a family, we’ve gone through a lot this year and between both the blessings and losses, it just meant so much more to have our little family together to celebrate Christmas.
How was your Christmas?
Did you enjoy your gifts?
Where did you celebrate this year?