Treat Everyday Like Christmas

I’ve said it a million times but the holidays with kids are just so dang fun.  We had a dinner party the other night with a few of our friends.  It was so nice to get everyone together and let our boys run wild.  Our friends have babies that were born in February, March, Dean in April, and May.  They are all the same age so entertaining them is pretty easy, until 8 o’clock came around.  Their favorite activity was a big box one of the dads turned into a play house, of course.  Dean is still having a blast with it.  The boys ate pizza and watched Blippi, if you don’t know who Blippi is then you’re doing something right.  I don’t know what it is about that guy but kids love him.  Dean received the Love2Learn Elmo as a gift and obsessed is the only word to describe it.  If you’re looking for a gift for a 1.5 year old this is it.

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All of us adults tried to sit down at the table for dinner at the same time.  One kid was bleeding and one was screaming by the end, 50% were fine so I’d call it a win.  I wanted to share the recipes because they were so good and were perfect for a crowd.  I made Roman-Style Chicken and Potatoes and Onions, both by Giada De Laurentiis.  Along with a kale and brussels sprout salad that is perfect for winter, the dressing was super easy and everyone raved about it.  Last year I make this prime rib and it didn’t disappoint.  I wanted a special gift for all our friends so I made ornaments with a family picture on them, they turned out so cute, I put the picture of ours above.

Over the weekend we visited the hospital where Dean was born and spent time in the NICU.  The amount of emotions I have when we go back is always overwhelming.  This place is where we received every single piece of bad news about the stroke.  But this time he was walking the down the halls and it felt amazing.  We took presents for the children last year and decided to make it a yearly tradition.

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