Friday, December 28, 2018

My First Week Back In Minnesota

Happy Friday!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas & was able to spend time with loved ones!  For those of you that are back at work, the weekend is almost here again!  I'm over here living that teacher life & not really knowing what day it is ever so here is a recap of what I've been up to since I got back to MN a week ago.  I'm still on break for another week & a half.  #TeacherPerks  Linking up with Amanda!

Friday morning & I got a later than planned start, but we were still back home by 3 pm.  I woke up, laid in bed for awhile tired as all get out because I had gotten less than 5 hours of sleep, then did some yoga, packed to car, grabbed a muffin & coffee, went back for Nash, & about 7 am we were on the road again Minnesota bound.  Nash was not having it.  While he still slept a lot, he got extra whiny towards the end of Iowa & most of Minnesota.

Once back in Minnesota we just lounged around with my family, ate one of my old favorites that I hadn't had in years (Southwest Casserole), & went to bed early.

On Saturday morning I met up with my best friend from high school (Kristie) and my best friend from elementary/middle school (Taylor), who I hadn't seen in YEARS, so that we could get our nails done & get lunch.  It was so nice to catch up with both of them, especially the friend I hadn't seen in years.  It was also nice to finally get a manicure & pedicure since my nails were looking really ratchet.

That night we decorated the Christmas tree, where the annual battle of which baby picture gets to be displayed higher continued, & Nash napped with his new duck toy courtesy of my friend Kristie.

Sunday was filled with baking cookies & driving around to see Christmas lights.  We made chocolate pixies, peanut butter blossoms, reindeer sugar cookies, mint brownie bites, & snickerdoodles.

As always, Christmas Eve was spent with my dad's side of the family.  This year it was at my aunt's house & all but 2 cousins were able to make it.  I got to meet one of my cousin's youngest child for the first time, she's 1.5 now, & we were almost instant friends.  The cousins played Cards Against Humanity, which I won because I am obviously the funniest one.  My brother came in second.  #Winning  That morning I *finally* wrapped my presents.  Nothing like waiting until the last minute to get stuff done!

Christmas morning was just my parents, my brother, & me.  Well and Nash of course.  Nash-o got some treats, although not from me.  I failed & didn't buy him a Christmas present.  However he got a Black Friday present & gets stuff from me all the time.  Plus, I got him to Minnesota safely.  I got a new coffee maker, a couple of gift cards, heavier weights, collapsible strainers, an Ancestry DNA kit, a Waylon Jennings vinyl, & an Instant Pot.

Christmas Day was then spent with my mom's family as always.  We used to alternate houses for it to be held at, but my mom's side of the family has gotten so big that as of last year we started renting out a place to hold it at.  This year we had an Olive Garden/Italian theme as far as food went.  Lots of soups, salads, pastas, & breads.  There was also a super cute hot chocolate bar.  Because our family is so big, and spread out, we no longer draw names or do a white elephant gift exchange.  Instead we now play games for prizes.  This year one of my aunts did up different Minute To Win It games for people to compete at.

I was so exhausted when we got home that I ate a little bit of supper, watched a show on TV, & then called it a night.

My brother & I had planned on getting tattoos the day after Christmas but sadly we weren't able to get an appointment.  So instead I spent the day doing nothing.  Well, Nash & I did take advantage of the nice weather & went for a walk.  I did also manage to get a couple days of yoga in since I hadn't worked out on Christmas.  Other than that the day was spent on the couch, in my yoga pants, creating a blog plan for 2019.  Changes will be coming to the blog!

Thursday was another chill, not do much of anything, day.  It snowed pretty much the entire day so it was a great day to stay in & do nothing.  I got an Ancestry DNA kit for Christmas so I spit in the tube & it's ready to be sent out.  By March/April I should find out more about my ancestry.  Next up, a DNA test for Nash!  I got a few blog posts scheduled for 2019 as well.


  1. Yay about the ancestry DNA. I want to do one ... also want to do one for our Cat and I think there are DNA kits for pets now.

  2. It looks like you had a fun Christmas, Bri! I literally wrapped my dad's gift on Christmas morning, so I'm with you on the last-minute wrapping! haha

  3. My pups didn't get Christmas gifts from me either but hello, #spoiled.

    Looks like you had a nice relaxing break!!