I think all the holiday energy caught up with me today because my run felt so bad. Lately I have been having really great runs, but today was not the day. That’s okay, it happens! So I’m spending the rest of the day being pretty lazy, it’s Erik’s last night home in Sandwich so I’m soaking up the family time while I can.
But let’s go back to the 23rd! It was a beautiful, cold, and sunny day. We woke up before the sun to head to Scituate to remember Papapaul. To be honest I didn’t listen much to the mass, but instead I was using that half hour to let my mind think solely and completely about my grandpa. I like dedicating that time to him and trying to remember all the things about him! Just like last year, we all headed to Sam’s afterwards for breakfast.
I ordered two chocolate chip pancakes (what else would I get), but everyone’s egg dishes looked really yummy, maybe someday I will switch it up!
I went for a 5.6 mile run when I got home and then went to work! Unfortunately I had to work on Christmas Eve too, but Ian and Tristan came to bring me a holiday drink to make the day a little more festive.
After I got out at 5 the festivities began: we played a fun game that Vivian taught us and ate and talked a lot!
We tried to take some nice sibling photos:
And my grandma liked watching us all make an attempt at the game Vivian had taught us!
I was really tired so it was another hot chocolate and bed for me
And then is was Christmas!!!!
We didn’t open presents until 11 when my mom and my grandma returned from church, but it was well worth the wait! I think Vivian may have exploded if she waited another second. We fended off our present-hunger by opening stockings first, and when it was time we gave each other our Secret Santa gifts. Everyone did a really good job, Morgan had me and got me a little traveling backpack and a selfie stick– perfect! I think Matt liked my gift for him: a new cutting board and a salami and cheese sampler. He is switching apartments and I knew he needed a new cutting board 🙂
Then we all played with our toys, Morgan and I went for a run (4.6 miles for the day!), and again we ate a lot of food!
It was the perfect day, we said goodbye to Marykate and Vivian before I went over to see Ian and his family. They were going for a sunset hike, which I didn’t take any pictures of! They had a great Christmas too, and Ian finally got to know that we got him tickets to visit me for a week on his Spring break!! That secret has been kept for way too long, I’m pretty proud of myself for not ruining it. I’m not super into jewelry, but Ian gave me a really simple bracelet that I love and probably will never leave the house without it.
Then Ian came over and everyone drank a lot of champagne and wine before we went to bed!
And yesterday I went for a quick 3 mile run and then we went to the beach for some family photos! My dad and sister have the real ones, but I have some randoms:
Then Morgan, Erik, Christine and I went to Fisherman’s view for the first time! We just got some apps and they were really good 🙂 We weren’t crazy about the carrots on the nachos though, but they’re a seafood place so nachos aren’t quite their specialty.
Then we took naps and then saw Rogue One, but I won’t spoil that here!!!
Last night we watched the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and we were laughing so hard, it seemed so ridiculous to us (and the filming was so old)!!