[Long Overdue] Holiday Wrap-Up!

Happy 2016!!!!

Wow, what a whirlwind of events that consumed the end of our December!    Since we were so busy, I failed at the blogging game and have been absent for almost 2 weeks!  Where does the time go?  Oh wait, I have a toddler.. 🙂

Christmas Eve was very low-key.  Dada had to work, so Ella and I enjoyed our evening walk, followed by baking cookies for Santa, and decorating a gingerbread house.  We ended the evening snuggled up, watching Inside Out, before the little girl called it a night. Then, Santa came!

Christmas day was lovely — we spent it with family and the little girl was SO excited to open presents!  Watching her was the highlight of the day, she would unwrap the paper from the gift (and I mean, every last piece of paper HAD to come off), then she would want you to physically open each gift from its enclosure before moving on to the next. It pretty much took all day to open presents, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!  Gift highlights: large stuffed Simba, play kitchen, outdoor play treehouse, and plenty of noise-making gifts from the grandparents and uncle!

Christmas night, we received terrible news about my cousin’s passing (previously written about here).  A few very confusing days followed, and before we knew it, it was BIRTHDAY FIESTA WEEKEND!!

Just for backstory — every year, we celebrate “Birthday Fiesta Weekend” — which is basically the last two days of the year and first day of the next.  My birthday is December 30th, then New Years Eve, and then New Year Day.  Growing up, I HATED being born so close to Christmas — but as I aged and the dawn of “Birthday Fiesta Weekend” was upon us, I realized I probably have the best birthday ever.  Pre-Ella — these three days were notoriously known for drunken debauchery.  As we’ve aged, we’ve toned it down… a little. 🙂

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This year, we celebrated my birthday night by hosting a “Chopped Championship.”  More info on this to follow, as it was an awesome night and so much fun — and too much to include in this wrap-up post.  It deserves a whole post on its own, for sure!  29 is going to be an amazing year!

New Years Eve, we enjoyed delicious snacks and tasty beverages, while watching the festivities on TV and playing party games.  We ended the evening with a fire in the backyard, roasting marshmallows, watching the neighbors light off fireworks and lanterns (much like the ones from Tangled — I’ve seen too many Disney movies 😉 ). We danced, sang, and had an amazing time ringing in the new year with those we hope to share it with for the months to come.

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So far, 2016 has been beautiful.  We’ve started it off right with big goals and dreams for the future (which will be a later post, I’m sure).  We are definitely looking forward to an amazing year!

Hope everyone had a safe — and fabulous — holiday!

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