Christmas 2020

I hope you all had the best Christmas 2020 could offer and that you were able to safely celebrate with loved ones in one way or another. For us, it was a lot of FaceTiming with family members and was otherwise just a quiet celebration with the four (Andi included!) of us. Growing up, it was always just the four of us — all our extended family were in other states — so this year definitely reminded me of my childhood Christmases and I sort of loved it! I certainly missed all our adult traditions and physically being with our families but it sure was nice to not have to leave our house. It’s the last week of the year and the last week of my maternity leave, so I’m feeling all the emotions but I’ll distract myself by posting our Christmas weekend 🙂

P.S. Please hang in there through Christmas Eve and Christmas Day pictures. There will be a SEVERE decrease for Saturday and Sunday!

What a good Christmas Eve! Lori got us two sets of matching pajamas, so set #1 was worn that morning and yes, we’re now the kind of parents who insist upon a family photo in said matching pajamas. The best! I made a cranberry simple syrup in preparation for Christmas cocktails and Joey wrapped up his work day around noon, so we could enjoy the rest of the day together. It was 55 degrees (!!) so we took a nice long walk. Dempsey does NOT enjoy having the sun in his eyes, but he didn’t like wearing Joey’s sunglasses much better! My parents came over around 2 so we could swap presents and they could hold their grandson. Check out the RGB collar earrings I got my mom! We got tons of stocking goodies and a burr grinder, so our coffee snobbery continues!

After my parents left, we chilled for a bit then got going on our Christmas Eve activities. First Joey put Dempsey in this too small Santa outfit and proceeded to make him take pictures in it, even though he clearly HATED it. I rescued him but taking that thing off over his head gave me a panic attack. Thought I was going to suffocate him! Never again, Joseph! Made Christmas Eve fettuccine a la The Holiday for dinner and watched… uh The Holiday. Dempsey passed OUT at the table and Andi tried his hardest to snag a twirl of pasta as I ate it. Little man got to hear his dad’s attempt at a Cajun accent while he read us Cajun Night Before Christmas and I could not for the life of me tell you the plot of this story because I was too busy laughing at Joey’s pronunciation 😂

Merry Christmas! Joey got up early with the baby and when I came down, we did coffee, stockings and breakfast. Joey and I’s big gift to each other this year was a treadmill (romantic, right??) so we just got each other little stocking stuffers and Santa left a few things for Dempsey, including a SnapBack that he hated almost as much as the Santa onesie. He got me a MAMA sweatshirt that I basically haven’t taken off since and the cutest mug ❤️❤️❤️ I prepped a French toast bake for breakfast and it was amazing!!!

The rest of the day was so so chill. We watched White Christmas — I truly live for the dance performances in that movie! — FaceTimed with my sister and Wayne, Lori and Joey’s dad’s side of the family, opened and assembled some more presents and took another long walk. We cooked our first ever prime rib for dinner! Plus Duchess Baked Mashed Potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts and cranberry gin fizzes! It all turned out really good. Man do I love prime rib. My mom bought us that meat, plus one for herself and for my sister and Wayne, so we got to see how everyone’s turned out. I think my sis won! I really wanted to watch Wonder Woman 1984 but Joey wanted to fit in one last Christmas movie, so It’s a Wonderful Life it was! I’ve seen bits and pieces of that movie a million times but I think was the first time I’d ever sat down and watched it start to finish and… I don’t love it. I can’t believe Clarence doesn’t actually show up and show George the world without him until the last ten minutes of the movie?? Talk about too much exposition. I think I would have felt more sympathy for him if he hadn’t been acting like a total jerk right beforehand. Oh and did I mention Dempsey was fighting sleep ALL DAY?? It’s his new favorite thing to do and he was being SO fussy all day. Poor little guy. Luckily, he’s still been a really good sleeper at night. Nevertheless, the best Christmas because it was with him!

Saturday! That little babes fell asleep at 7:30 the night before — I really tried to wake him up to feed him one last time before I went to bed but he was OUT — and slept until 3 AM! So when he woke up at his usual 6 AM time, I felt plenty rested and let Joey sleep in. He’s a fun little coffee-making companion it turns out! Lori and Adam came over later on so we could give Lori her Christmas present and they could both visit with Dempsey but I honestly don’t think we did a ton else. It was Wayne’s 30th birthday and we couldn’t even get together to celebrate ☹️ We grabbed tacos from Dos Santos and cheersed margaritas in his honor. And then we watched WW84! Seems like the first one was pretty well liked but I thought it was just okay. David Thewlis all muscled up was so ridiculous to me, so the entire ending just felt like a joke. Anyway, I thought the second one was somewhere between fine and whatever. Definitely didn’t hate it but definitely didn’t love it either. Just can’t get over how gorgeous Gal Gadot is though!

We’d had enough take out for one weekend so we opted for a homemade Sunday breakfast with apple cider pancakes that at first seemed too thin so I added some more flour and then we ended up liking the thin ones better anyway, go figure! My parents came over for their usual Sunday visit and I didn’t even argue that they’d already been over once that week 😋 Who knows what else we did that day but I think I remember feeling exhausted by the time dinner rolled around. We ate Christmas dinner leftovers and started Better Call Saul! I like it already.

I literally cannot believe it is New Year’s Eve tomorrow!! Wasn’t it just summer??? Not even going to mention what kind of year it’s been for us personally because I know it’s been such a shit year for so many others, so here’s to better times for ALL of us in 2021!

Weekend Things

It’s sometimes very difficult to write these weekend things posts. Not because I don’t have time or free hands (but I also don’t have those things 😋), but because I’ve lost all track of what day it is! I can only tell by when Joey is working and not and as for the date? Forget it! I think Christmas is Friday?! This holiday season has gone by way too fast! Anyway, I am finally getting this weekend recap up… three days later, oops! I wrote this post yesterday, while I was stuck on the couch with a baby who had just got his 2-month shots and was so extra sleepy. I won’t complain about extra snuggles though!

We got snow on Friday! I got to watch it come down from the nursery window while I was up there to FaceTime with my sister. We miss her but she got the vaccine yesterday and we get to see her for an outdoor activity next month! Grandma Lori came to visit and Dempsey showed off his newfound alertness by playing on his activity mat before falling asleep in Grandma’s arms. We ordered ramen from, not Uncle, but Ramen Star and it was so good and perfect for a snowy evening. Oh and we made this cocktail and LOVED it! Broke our Christmas movie binge to watch Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and my only complaint was that I wanted it to be longer!

Joey was up early with Dempsey on Saturday so when I came down, I made the pancake recipe my mom always used when we were little, then we swapped places so I could feed the baby and a bit later, I was presented this plate. They were so tender and delicious! Afterward, we threw on Elf and did some cleaning and present wrapping while Dempsey slept in his downstairs pack n play (for the first time!). He even slept through Joey vacuuming. Steve and Lorna came over that afternoon and Dempsey “opened” his first Christmas present! Too cute! We watched Love Actually that night and definitely didn’t make it to SNL.

Sunday started with SNL and a Onefold order. I got my burrito smothered for the first time and I don’t know why I hadn’t ordered it that way before! And I got to drink a Vietnamese iced coffee for the first time in over 9 months. So good! My parents came to visit afterward, so yes, Dempsey got to see all his grandparents this weekend. What a lucky boy! He is so loved. He fell asleep in another grandma’s arms ❤️ After they left, I attempted a run but I think I may have gone too hard too fast with this whole working out thing because my shins and ankles are not doing well and I ended up just walking. We took our little loves 2 month photos later on and he was hamming it up!! Gosh these baby smiles are the best! We made salad for weekday lunch, heated up leftovers and watched “Ozymandias” all while Dempsey fought his nap. Just how I always imagined watching that all-important episode of Breaking Bad 😂

I hope you are all having a good Christmas week!