Monday, December 28, 2015


I can't believe Christmas has come & gone. Life has been busy & the time is flying by. At some point since my last post I had a cookie baking day at my house. We made 2 cookies & a bark. Cookies were good, bark was so-so. We only had one incident & that was when my oven mitt caught on fire. No biggie, we didn't even need the fire extinguisher.
Later that night our friends that live next door had their annual Christmas Cocktail Party.

Cliff has a thing for tuxes. We brought him the very large bottle of Chianti. He loves wine & anything Italian.
The weather was actually cold that night.
I had a couple of days off, did some running, did more shopping & started planning an engagement party that's happening in 3 weeks. Good times.
Christmas Eve morning was spent a little differently than normal for me. I had a hair appointment. It was a great way to relax after a crazy busy week.
We went to 4:00 Mass which means leaving before 3:00 so that we can get a seat & don't have to stand. After Mass we went with friends to Ruffino's. We've done this for several years.

Starting at 10:00 we have our annual pajama party at our other neighbors house with the rest of the group. We have to re-evaluate that time next year. Some of us (me) are falling asleep well before the party starts.

We play the white elephant game & this was one of the gifts. It's called the Beer Beard?? I think? You can see the clear plastic tube. From what I could tell there's a place under all of that hair to put a can of bear & the tube goes into it & you can drink from it. Weird. I was lucky enough to get away with a Canes gift card!
This year we went all out with t-shirts.
They've got all the family names & the dates. It was cute.

Christmas Day was spent with our families at our house.
Logan's first stop is to find his name under the tree.
We ate a lot and then opened presents.
He was soooo excited with everything. He loves Hot Wheels so much & he got plenty!
Dean's mom, my mom & my uncle Donnie
My cousins & Godchildren Dylan  & Brooke

We played a few games of Jenga. My hands shake way too much for this.

Dylan, Brendan, me, Dean, Brooke & Logan  - all of these kiddos are my Godchildren

Dean bought me a Garmin Vivofit 2 activity tracker. It's showing me just how little I move on non running days. My average deep sleep during the night is 2.5 hours. That explains a lot. He also got me a gift card for a day at the spa. I can't wait to use that!

Allison sent me this pic of her little girl. I bought her this outfit for Christmas.

Seriously, the cutest outfit ever!!!
Saturday we spent the day in Bayou Pigeon at Dean's parents. His brother & fiancé & kids were there so we had Christmas with them.
I gave Dean's mom this Christmas cactus last year. It was so small.

Mine is still alive but hasn't grown like this.

Our cute gift to hang on the patio!

Sunday morning I got up early & went for a run. My Half Marathon is on Jan. 17th so it'll be here in no time.

I ran 10 miles then did a 1 mile "cool down" walk. I use the term "cool down" loosely. It was close to 80 degrees when I finished the run. The humidity was at 80% when I started. The weather is CRAZY. Shorts on Christmas Day, 80 on Christmas Day, horribly muggy & humid on Christmas Day, raining on Christmas Eve. AWFUL, AWFUL, AWFUL!
Can you tell I haven't been happy with the weather??
So today's Monday & I'm back at work. Yay. (That's sarcasm). At least it's only a 4 day week.
How was your Christmas?


  1. I love that you had such a wonderful family/friend love and festive filled Christmas! Can we ask for more? Love the have some great people around you.

    Good luck getting ready for the marathon!

    Jane x

  2. Looks like a great Christmas! SPA DAY--way to go, Dean!! Also, please share where you got your fur vest! I LOVE IT!!

  3. So nice spending lots of holiday fun with family and friends. I am glad all that partying is over myself. Still recovering from my big party lol. That beard is so funny! Happy New Year, Traci! It has been so hot here, 84 today and 86 yesterday. It's still summer here...Christine

  4. It looks like you had a terrific Christmas, despite the weather! OMGoodness, that is way too much cuteness with that baby and her glitzy outfit! Hope you have an equally Happy New Year!

    Warm Hugs,