Weekly Wrap Christmas Edition

Can I start out by saying What is up with this weather?  We had a cold snap here last week and it is continuing. I feel bad for the folks that were here visiting over Christmas because they probably think it's always this cold here, but it's not. But then again, if it's this cold here, I'm sure it's just as cold elsewhere. Luckily we haven't got into single digits (or negatives) yet like I have seen in other places.

I am really bad at documenting what went down this week, so once again this is going to be a photo dump of whatever pictures I already had on my phone.  One of these weeks I will take pictures with the intention of sharing them in the weekly wrap. I guess this is a good thing though because it means I am living in the moment, right?

I apologize in advance that most of my pictures are of the dogs. I guess that seems to be what I photograph the most.

Christmas Eve.

The Pet store is located right next to the Starbucks, so it has become a tradition that Baylee and I go to both on Christmas eve.  I get her some Christmas treats and then she come with me to get a Chai tea. This year it was a Snickerdoodle Chai.  I'm pretty sure dogs are not allowed in Starbucks but I am thankful to my local Starbucks employees because they've never kicked us out!

We had already gone to Christmas eve service so we had the rest of the day/night to visit with family. We went to our Nana's house around dinner time and she gifted me with a beautiful dress that fits perfectly! She also got Lacey the cutest pair of Bobs with dogs on them.  Later we went to my aunt and uncles house for some games and then ended the evening at my parents house watching a movie like we always do.

Before the movie I wanted to give out a treat I had bought everyone. Now that we are all adults we don't do the one gift on Christmas eve, but because I was excited to give it AND because the dogs were violently sniffing at them and I didn't think they would last the night under the tree, I decided to give them.

We like popcorn in our family, so I ordered everyone a personalized bag from Savannah Rae's Gourmet popcorn. The flavors were as follows: Crab leg for my dad,  Creamy Cucumber for my mom, Buffalo chicken wings for Scott, and Key lime pie for Lacey.

Christmas Morning.

We stay at our home on Christmas morning and open gifts with Baylee.  Scott and Baylee always get me such great and thoughtful gifts but this simple gift has got to be my favorite.

It's a matte print of Baylee and Belle at the beach. I'll have to pick out my own frame but I do have one in mind. I just love this!

It was then time to travel back to Mimi and Pappy's (AKA my mom and dad's).

When we got there Belle was already anxious to open gifts. This is exactly why I did not think my popcorn bags would last overnight!

Belle enjoyed unwrapping her gifts (and helping everyone else unwrap there's too)!

After exchanging gifts we had a big Christmas lunch and then just hung out for a while until it was time to meet the rest of my family at our Pappy's house for the Steelers game.

I love when the Steelers play on Christmas! I think our new elf gave us a little bit of extra luck!

The rest of the week seemed to go SO fast! We didn't hit the stores for some after Christmas shopping until Friday night and it actually made me excited to start Christmas shopping for next year!

In all the business we forgot to mention that we got our blogger cards (which I hope all of you did).  Mine was from Kelly from Noodle to the Rescue and Lacey's was from Kim from Running on the Fly.  Thank you Kelly and Kim and to all who participated again this year. It was fun.

On Saturday I ended up putting the inside Christmas decorations away (except for some snowman pieces and the Steelers Christmas tree which Scott said he wanted to keep up until the playoffs)!  I know most people keep their tree and decorations up through New Years, but I like to go into the new year with a clean home and everything back in its place!

It was really pretty as we walked through town and all the Christmas lights were on. I should have taken more pictures. 

Saturday night we had dinner plans with friends and then did another escape room. This is the same group that we "escaped" with last time. This time our room was the Bank Robbery. We actually did find all the clues and found the hidden briefcase at the end but we were considered "losers" because we didn't make it out of the room on time. Which was a bit confusing because last time we did the escape room (in a different room), the game ended after we found the last clue which was the diamond. After that the agent came into the room to get us and we were considered "winners".  We didn't leave that room and so we didn't think we had to leave this room to have had won. Oh well, we know among ourselves that we really did complete it!

Tonight we will say good bye to 2017! Oh what a year it was. Before we head out for the evening, I have a tradition of calculating all my miles for the year. This usually takes a while, not because I've run so many miles, but because I end up reading through my calendar and running journal and just reminiscing. 2017 was a really good year!  -M

That's a wrap for our Christmas festivities!

We will be linking up with Holly and Tricia for their weekly wrap!


  1. I actually love that most of your pictures are dog pictures. That's what appears most on my camera roll as well! :)

  2. What a nice holiday you had! Looks like the dogs enjoyed it just as much as you.

  3. Looks like a lovely Christmas, and you can't go wrong with dog pictures! The popcorn gifts sound good - I'm curious as to how the creamy cucumber flavor turned out.

    1. Actually my mom said that was the least flavorful one of all. It was good, just not a very strong flavor!

  4. Baylee did a lot of traveling this holiday. She's such a good girl!

  5. Sounds like a great week! It did go by really fast but I am definitely over this cold weather. Happy New Year!

  6. I take a lot of pictures of Allie, so I get it. Our fur babies are just so cute! I have taken my tree down, but not the outside decorations. Yesterdays turned out to be a lot colder than predicted, and I decided taking the tree down was enough for now. I'll get the outdoor decorations when it's a little warmer.

  7. I love that picture of Baylee by the Christmas tree! Thanks to both of you for organizing the card swap - it was so fun to participate! Happy New Year!

  8. You had such a great Christmas with your family! Baylee always looks like she is purposefully smiling for pictures. Let me guess, you tell her to smile!? :) I don't tell my cats to smile but I say things like "Look at mommy!" in a really high pitched voice. I loooooove the pics of the doggies at the beach.

  9. What a lovely Christmas spent with family and Baylee! You'll have to explain what a pair of Bobs is. Years ago, it is what old southern people called earrings but I haven't had that term in forever. I'm sorry I missed the card swap this year. Happy New Year and thanks for linking!

  10. There's definitely nothing wrong with having most of your pictures be of the dogs. They are incredibly cute after all. ;)

  11. Sounds like it was a wonderful week. And who doesn't like dog pictures? But yes, it's also MUCH colder up here. If you can imagine.

    Those popcorn flavors though . . . I'm sorry, they're just wrong. :)

    Happy New Year!

  12. Love love love the picture of Baylee and Belle ..it is the perfect gift! You don't have to apologize for dog pictures ..we all love our fur-kids! Now as to the popcorn ....I am a lover of popcorn as well, but those flavors are quite interesting! Which was the best?

  13. Those sound like some really interesting pop corn flavors! I hear ya on the freezing temps. Trying to motivate myself to get out there tomorrow

  14. I love all your pics!!! Well, if we're talking freezing temps.....(ahem), -20 this morning (and that's without wind LOL). When we get back to "regular" winter temps, it's gonna feel like a heat wave.

  15. Ah, so much dog love in this post, it's fantastic :) What great gifts too- the print and the popcorn. I love gourmet popcorn.

    I live in Minneapolis and we have had the -10 and more temps...not fun at all :(

  16. Baylee is just the cutest. I love labs. They have amazing faces and are the perfect Christmas dogs!
    And you know my <3 for popcorn!
    Don't talk to me about the weather, lol

  17. Sounds like a super fun Christmas! Sweet Baylee! Love all of the pictures!


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