Holly Jollies

Ahoy ahoy and Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great holiday! I thought I’d pop in and talk about mine while I felt in the mood for blogging. It’s fleeting lately so if I don’t take advantage and do it now it’ll suddenly be mid-January and I won’t ever talk about it.

We had a really good Christmas! My mom came in from BC and stayed with us for 10 days, which was a real treat.


I can’t remember the last time I spent Christmas with my mom and it was so, so nice to have her here! Evan was treating us to delicious dinners in the days leading up to Christmas.


He’s been mastering our Instant Pot lately and making really delicious things in there, like the roast beef below.


Serious melt-in-your-mouth going on there. That was Christmas Eve dinner, which we also had Evan’s mom over for. I love that our moms get along so well! They hit it off immediately and they’re good buddies after their week together in Cuba. Evan’s mom slept over on Christmas Eve so she could have the morning with us and then help us prep, ’cause we hosted family Christmas. It was the first time since Evan and I have been together that we weren’t traveling somewhere on Christmas day and I can’t lie, I really enjoyed it. Although, hosting is a lot of work. We had 9 people in total, which isn’t a ton, but we do live in a condo. Luckily it’s pretty big and our main living area and kitchen are very open, so space wasn’t really an issue, but we had to borrow a table from our building to to fit everyone. I didn’t even get a picture of our beautifully set table. Just the food.


Unpictured is lentils and rice and a shrimp curry Evan’s uncle made that I loaded my plate up with after. I barely took any pictures but everything was so good and I was proud of us for pulling it together. We worked with the moms to make everything, and they mostly did the turkey while Evan and I supervised. My mom also made her stuffing recipe, which I have not had in about 15 years but have been dreaming of for just as long, so that was fantastic.

I made my Nana’s Christmas cookies!


They are time-consuming suckers but man are they worth it. I love them so much.

So, I’d say our first time hosting Christmas was a big success.


On Boxing Day we headed to Evan’s dad and Loulou’s with my mom for more Christmas things. It is now the arctic here and it was absolutely freezing, but we still wanted a bit of outside time on their huge and beautiful property.



So crazy that for the past few years on Christmas I’ve been able to be outside with a light jacket on. Not this year!

We squeezed in a visit with my favourite donkey, too.



Love that Zeke. I had really talked him up and my mom was quite excited to meet him.

Then we warmed up inside. Evan carved the turkey. He’s a pro.


And we had Christmas dinner #2. Also delicious.

I was lucky to have the rest of the week off work, so I spent it mostly leisuring with my mom. We did some shopping, watched movies, finished the second season of the Crown, and had dinner with Evan and his mom on Wednesday. On Thursday night we all went to our pal Emily’s for my mom’s last hurrah.



Dawn and Scarlett were with us as well, and of course Baby Marcus.


Who I can’t get enough of.

Emily and Corey made us all an amazing pasta dinner and it was nice to just hang out for a few hours. I know my mom loved seeing them all, and overall I know she had a really great time here! I wish she lived closer (Eric too), however it is nice to have an excuse to visit beautiful BC!

It’s been extremely cold so aside from going to Orangetheory, grocery shopping, and a couple dinners out, Evan and I have been mostly hibernating. For the first time in our history we stayed in for New Year’s Eve and it was GLORIOUS. We just hung out and drank beer and played video games (we’re both into Call Of Duty WW2 right now). And it was SO NICE to wake up in our own bed on New Year’s Day. Usually we’re out and about the night before and would have stayed over at friends, so we’d still have to make our way home, and then probably nap. I feel like we got a jump start on the new year waking up at home.

And now it’s back to the grind for me today. I’m hoping it’s a quiet week at work and I can catch up on a bunch of things before things start to get crazy again. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!


5 responses to “Holly Jollies

  1. Happy new year! How fun that your mom was able to come and stay with you for so long! Always good to have that kind of time together <3

  2. Glad for the new post! I’ve been missing your updates. Sounds like you had a great holiday! I’m already sad to be back to work and it’s only the first day. Hopefully it’s a quiet week!

    • It’s been a quiet week for me but still sad to be back 🙂 it is nice to ease into things before the craziness starts next week before everyone is back though.
      Sorry for the super long break but thanks for not giving up 🙂

  3. Happy 2018! Love that you made your Nana’s cookies! I hope I’m not out of place or sound insane but I miss her, as in I miss your visits to her. Bless that woman and her funny antics!
    And I love all the food, babies and donkey!

    • Aw thank you. I understand, I miss writing about her! And also visiting her. I’ve received a bunch of her recipes so I think I need to start making them and continue writing about how great she was. Happy 2018 to you too, hope you have a great year ahead!