I’m sure you were a bit shocked at my title. Especially coming from someone obsessed with Christmas, but I promise to get more into that later! I wanted to hurry and get a blog up before spending the rest of the day cleaning up the house and packing for our weekend trip. I’m a bit nervous because it’s the first time leaving Tux, but he’ll be in great hands with my parents staying here with him.
This past week was good, and it went by so fast. Overall, I’m feeling pretty good physically and mentally! I did a lot of Christmas baking, caught up with friends, and even fit in some long walks. On Monday, I promised myself lunch at Lights Juicery if I finished my blog work. Not only is it a 25-minute drive from the house, but the food is insanely overpriced, but I was craving it so bad! I had the hummingbird sandwich, a slice of lemon poppy bread, and ordered kale caesar salads for kyle and me.
I’ve been on an apples and peanut butter kick lately, so I had a side of that with my lunch! Should I probably start making these salads and veggie sandwiches at home? Yes.
The weather is starting to feel like winter here. I bundled up, and Leo and I headed out for a long afternoon walk.
The funny thing about pregnancy is one day you can be craving all the vegetables, and the next day you want garlic bread and Chef Boyardee. I’m just riding this wave and trying to give my body what it’s craving without fighting it too hard.
This week, Leo taught Tux how to sprint from side to side of the house to keep up with the people walking by the front. This is something he used to do with Grumples, and even though the barking is rather annoying, it’s so cute to watch them do this together.
I had been craving my mom’s pot roast with egg noodles for so long! It’s hard to find those egg noodles down here in the south, and I finally found them at Publix! I picked up all the ingredients to make the dish for dinner on Thursday night, and it was such a hit! I will post this recipe soon! It was so easy to make and mouthwatering.
Every December, my mom makes and sells her peanut brittle. She sold over 60 pounds this year, so I headed to her house to help her make all the pounds and bag everything up! It was such a fun and long day, but we did it.
I’m still not a fan of coffee right now, but when I want something warm, hot water, honey, and lemon does the trick!
On Saturday morning, I headed back to my parents to finish a few bags up and stopped at Starbucks to bring them coffee and grab Leo a puppuccino! I had the peppermint mocha latte with oat milk and decaf (still not a huge fan of the coffee taste just yet!) and sausage, cheddar, and egg sandwich. This was my first time trying the Starbucks breakfast sandwich, and it was pretty good! Better than Mcdonalds?….Nah, but good!
Kyle and I made turkey and black bean tacos for dinner on Saturday night. They were so so so so good, and we ended up making another batch to eat throughout the week. We even had them on Sunday morning for breakfast.
On Sunday afternoon, I met up with Kelsey and went on a 4-mile walk around Charlotte before meeting Emily and Caitlin for dinner at Bocado. Charlotte was showing off its gorgeous leaves.
Bocado was lit up so cute for Christmas. We had the salmon, kale salad, fries, and deviled eggs. Everything was delicious, and it was so fun catching up.
okkk so here’s the deal.
I’ve had a lot of messages asking for me to do a Christmas home tour or some video like I did on vlogmas. After one crazy year, I decided to leave all the Christmas decor up in the attic and take a break from decorating. I did put up a small tree from Hobby Lobby, and it still makes the space cozy enough to enjoy by the fire with a good holiday movie. Tux is still adjusting to our home, and he’s susceptible to changes. It took him a month just to come back into the living room after we got the new coffee table. I didn’t want to move his bed, put up a GIANT tree, and make him feel any more nervous. He doesn’t even like it when I clean his dog bed because he senses something has changed. I don’t think he’s ready for all the Christmas madness I’ve done over the years.
And Christmas is a hard time for me this year because it’s the one memory I LOVED having with Grumples. He was THE CHRISTMAS DOG! He would open gifts, let us put Santa hats on him, and almost all of my ornaments have his face on them. I don’t think I’m ready to open up everything, and I’m a little too hormonal for that right now.
And finally, I used to get so stressed going here and there for vlogmas that I never really got to relax around the holidays, and they always stressed me out. After this year, Kyle and I will be Santa Claus for so many years to come, and I’m sure we’ll want to make our baby’s first Christmas over the top. I see this as our LAST CHRISTMAS to take a breather! Sooooo for those reasons, our Christmas decor will be staying up in the attic until next year. We still plan to make Christmas dinner with the family, go to church, and do all the holiday-themed things, but not decorate 😉
Now, it’s time to finish some last-minute holiday gift wrapping, packing, and cleaning before we head to the big apple!
Questions for you!
- Have you ever skipped decorating for the holidays before?
- What is one childhood meal you’ve been craving lately?
- Do you have any favorite restaurants that are way overpriced, but you still go to anyways?