Five on Friday: Holiday Weekend Edition

Friday, December 22, 2017

Happy Friday before Christmas! I just really can't believe it. This entire season flew by. It has been mostly beautiful, with some touches of sad. But with our girls by our side, we've truly enjoyed all that these festive days have to offer. I will be taking the long weekend and likely some of next week off from work and this little space, but look forward to checking in once or twice before the New Year. 

Today I'm linking up with some of my favorite bloggers for Five on Friday! 

1. We visited Santa. It went exactly as expected and, honestly, this Santa photo might be my favorite of all time.

2. Our Christmas dinner menu is finalized and my online grocery order has been placed for pick up this afternoon! Once again, we're making this delicious cherry-glazed ham and this year we're trying out these classic mashed potatoes from the NYT. My mom is bringing her famous green bean casserole, my sister in law is making homemade rolls, and Steve's parents will be baking up delicious apple crisp. 

3. One of the bloggers I regularly follow (and have been for a while!), Megan at Holy City Chic, recently posted an honest account of early first time motherhood... and I loved it. It's so easy to put filters on everything but it's only by opening up about the ups AND downs of parenthood that we truly connect with others. Let's be honest: it ain't easy but it's so worth it. 

(photo via the Chunky Chef)

4. Tonight we're trying this Olive Garden copycat Zuppa Toscana soup in the crockpot... I'll let you know how it turns out. I can't wait!

5. This week has been full of fun, from C's school singalong and holiday jammie party (I was party mom and got to wear my jammies too! ;)) to a winter wonderland themed gymnastics class to visiting Santa. It has positioned us perfectly for a great weekend with family, and I can't wait to slow down a bit and enjoy.

Wishing you and yours a holiday filled with peace, love, magic, and wonder! 

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