We’re still enjoying a few more days of Christmas vacation, but before too much time goes by, I wanted to pop in and recap what we’ve done so far. We kicked off the break with our annual viewing of Christmas Vacation to really get us into the holiday spirit!
The next day we ran in the postponed Jingle Bell Run. We’ve participated for several years in a row and it’s always one of my favorite races. I got within about 20 seconds of my 5K PR from this summer, which both shocked and pleased me! Also, #margotandtodd.
We drove out to Concord on Christmas Eve to celebrate the holiday with my mom, dad and brother as well as my aunt, uncle and cousins, who were in town from Washington, D.C., and South America. It was an absolutely lovely afternoon! We came home to wait for santa and were pleased to see he found us at our new house when we woke up on Christmas morning.
We had a delicious breakfast of waffles topped with a warm pear-cinnamon-vanilla mixture and lots of coffee. Then we opened presents, went running and relaxed in our PJs. It was such a fun first Christmas in our new house!
We visited my family in New Hampshire for a few days after Christmas. We exchanged presents (Mike immediately put on the wearable items), went skiing at Loon and got cozy by the fire. Saukee helped us open gifts and gnawed on a giant bone.
When we got home we went straight to one of our favorite restaurants, Life Alive, and to see American Hustle, which was fantastic! We also put up our new flagpole and flag, which looks awesome on our house.
On Sunday we got breakfast at 3 Little Figs, one of our favorite Somerville cafes, and made pretzels to eat during the Patriots game. They came out perfect and were promptly devoured. You know it’s vacation when you eat pretzels and cookies for dinner!
We kept things low-key on New Year’s Eve, walking up to Highland Kitchen (our very favorite restaurant, in Somerville or anywhere). We had an awesome meal: Buffalo Brussels sprouts, lobster with risotto, catfish po’boy and chocolate pudding along with some tasty cocktails, beer and coffee. We continued the relaxed evening at home and watched Haute Cuisine (very cute) before ringing in 2014 at midnight.
We went for a run on New Year’s Day and to The Independent for brunch before trying to see The Wolf of Wall Street. When that didn’t pan out, we came home and I made pecan cranberry biscotti dipped in dark chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt. Mike loves biscotti and since I made my first batch in the fall, it’s become one of my favorite things to bake!
Now we’re hunkered down watching the snow fall. Boston is expected to get more than a foot, so we’re staying put, just enjoying the extra downtime before diving back into real life next week. Hope you’re been having a lovely holiday season!