we had a very fun sleepover with the little boys Friday night, including new pillowcases
and a good night’s sleep for everyone 🙂
Which was especially good because Saturday evening we welcomed Sara
and Sunday afternoon we celebrated the first night of Hanukkah! Katie made a delicious dinner with latkes, smoked salmon, salad and jelly doughnuts; Marc made applesauce. I think this might be Sam’s first taste of a jelly doughnut. I think he’s a fan.
Then we waited for sunset to light the first candles on the menorah.
Marc also taught the boys to play the dreidl game … and declared the outcome a tie 😉
Yesterday we finished up our grocery shopping (because Costco on December 23 is lots of fun, right?!) and had a very fun Girls Night In with Katie. We cooked dinner (salmon, cauliflower and arugula salad), recreated the Irish Coffees* from Sara and Katie’s September visit to London,
and fell asleep re-watching the Hot Priest (aka Fleabag season 2). This was the first time Katie, Sara and I have had “just us” time since a quick lunch last December. I would love for a full night like this to become a tradition.
Today … the sun came out. Marc spent a few hours at the golf course. Sara and I took a four-mile walk in the park and then enjoyed “just us” time in the kitchen. Sara baking cranberry cheesecake for tomorrow and me taking a few photos to share – and remember – what it looks like around here on Christmas Eve.
We do still believe in Santa and even though he no longer fills these stockings, we’ll always hang them.
Around here, life is full of family, love, good food, and a nice mix of old and new traditions.
I do plan to be back here a few more times before 2020 begins… we’ll see! In the meantime, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, or hey, it’s Tuesday!
*coming soon to a Cheers post … as soon as I can replicate our results!