Holiday Things

by Kim on December 28, 2012

Hey friends! Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

113 The tree at my parents’ house. My mom doesn’t really hold back when it comes to Christmas.

We’re finally home after 5 days of traveling and Christmas craziness, and though we had a really nice time, it is (as usual) SOOO good to be home. I swear Mason recognized his crib the first time he saw it again-he looked right at the elephants on his wall with an expression that said, “ah-HA! This is what I’ve been looking for.” After 5 nights of rocky sleeping patterns in strange cribs and Pack ‘n Plays, he’s finally back in his domain.

Before I tell you about everything that happened over the past 5 days, here are a couple things that DIDN’T happen:

Working out. I’ve done zero in the way of workouts and haven’t felt bad about it in the least. It’s been a nice break, and has made me all the more eager to get back to it with renewed vigor in January (how cliché, right?). I have to say, though: it did feel weird last week, packing for the trip without including any workout clothes. A big part of me was tempted to throw in a pair of shorts and a sports bra JUST IN CASE, but I resisted. Breaks are healthy!

Internet mind-rotting. (Don’t worry, that’s a joke-I’m just as obsessed with the internet as the next guy.) I basically have not touched a computer for 5 days (ok, except for a brief Pinterest browsing sesh during some downtime at the in-laws’ one day). I thought about blogging a few times, but didn’t have the proper cordage along to transfer pics onto the computer, and who wants a picture-less blog post? (Plus, I was too lazy busy spending time with family.)

Water drinking and vitamin taking. Yeah, this one is less cool, and definitely unintentional. I brought my prenatals (which I still take because of breastfeeding) along, but completely forgot about them and ended up not touching the bottle the entire trip. I was extra bad about drinking water, too, probably because I was extra good about drinking coffee (seems like there’s always fresh coffee available or being brewed at both my parents’ and my in-laws’ house!).

Now that we’re home, I’ll be doing an immediate 180 on all of these (back to the mind-rotting! haha). Besides the fact that my little “break” is over, bad habits like that last one have a way of taking their toll: Mason and I are both feeling under the weather today. He’s been running a fever off and on since 4 AM and dealing with some coughing and sniffling (so grateful I invested in one of these in time-so gross, but so useful!), and I’m right there with him, minus the fever. We both hung out in a steam-filled bathroom this morning while Mase took a long bath in vapor-filled water, and I’ve been trying to push the water drinkage on both of us. Here’s hoping whatever this is will pass quickly!

Anyway…let’s move on to things that DID happen over the week!

Of course, this year, the highlight for us was that it was this dude’s first Christmas:


In typical 9-month-old fashion, he wasn’t super interested in the whole “opening presents” thing…



He had a pretty good time with his new toys…

131How the internet mind-rotting phenomenon starts: baby’s first laptop. 


…but he had a HELL of a time with this tupperware lid:

029For real, though, HOW did you know?? I didn’t even put this on my list!

A couple highlights of the week included:

–M’s first intro to snow.


…He wasn’t a huge fan.

108 Consoling a distraught baby drowning in snow gear that’s at least 2 sizes too big for him (I didn’t want to buy stuff that would actually fit him since I figured he wouldn’t get much use out of it, so this is all 2T. It works.)

–M’s first sled ride.



…Also not a huge hit.

105 Consoling a crying baby post-ride with some air tosses.

–Finally getting to try this stuff, thanks to my mother-in-law’s detective work. (YUM.)

mint chocolate

–Finally getting to throw away my crappy old blender (which smelled like burning anytime I used it), thanks to my mom.

124 Anyone tried the Ninja??

–Spending time with family, of course.



I’m trying to keep this post short and sweet (and, well, to be honest: I’m feeling too crappy to put much more effort into this), so I’ll just wrap it up with a few other pics from the week.




Hope you had a happy, blessed holiday!

Happy Holidays


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome December 28, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Looks like a fun Christmas! It’s always so good to be home after traveling, especially with a little one! We’re still trying to get back on track after traveling. We have the ninja too! I like that it came with two different size blenders and is fairly easy to use but I wish that it chopped better. You have to blend it for a long time to get the ice fully chopped and by then it’s not as cold and too frothy. Other than that its’ good! Hope you like it!


Kim December 29, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Good to know, thanks Giselle!! Honestly, anything will be better than what I was working with before… :)


Karey @ Nutty About Health December 28, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Sorry you & Mason (cute name – my sis is pregnant & naming her son Mason) are under the weather. Sounds like you had a nice holiday though. Amazing how you stayed away from the brain rotting internet for almost 5 days!! Wow!! I can’t even keep my hands off my laptop for more than a few hours. LOL I’m attached at the hip w/it. ;) Feel better!!


Kim December 29, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Well, to be fair, I still used my smartphone a lot. :)


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