This One Italian Girl

Weekend Recap – Christmas Overload


As I mentioned in my last post, Christmas was a four day celebration for me this year.  Starting on Friday, the day before Christmas Eve, all the way through yesterday, the day after Christmas.  Having fun is exhausting.

So Friday afternoon we headed to my aunt and uncle’s house to visit with some relatives on my Dad’s side of the family.  Their daughter (my cousin) lives down in LA so they don’t get to see her that often.  She decided to spend Christmas with her parents this year and brought her 2 little girls with her.  Her youngest daughter is one year old and I have only seen her maybe twice, so it was so great to see all of them again.  It was a pretty small group, with just a few aunts and uncles and cousins.  We went in the early afternoon and stayed for an early dinner and dessert.


Saturday was Christmas Eve, which we normally do a friend’s dinner and gift exchange on this day.  However, one of the friends had to work so we switched it to yesterday instead since most people didn’t have to work anyway.  My fiance’s family has a nice crab dinner and goes to evening mass on Christmas Eve.  The last couple of years I have gone to their house for dinner but then we split ways and I go to the gift exchange and the fiance goes to church.  This year we actually got to spend the entire day together.  Since my parent’s didn’t have any plans anymore, the fiance and I went over for breakfast and spent the morning with them.  Then we went to his parent’s house for dinner and church.


Sunday was Christmas!  We got an early start at my parent’s house to open presents so my brother and sister-in-law could head over to her parent’s house after.  We all met there at 8am and had breakfast and opened presents.  Then at about 10am the fiance and I headed over to his parents house to open more presents with them.  After that we had to get ready because we went to Stockton that afternoon for dinner at my aunt and uncle’s house.  One of my cousin’s just had a baby last week so it was super exciting to get to meet her!  She is adorable.  My brother and sister-in-law also FINALLY announced that they are pregnant!  They told us about a month ago, but decided they wanted to wait until Christmas to tell all of the extended family in person.  It has been so hard to keep my mouth shut.  But now I don’t have to!  I am so happy for them and so excited to be an auntie!


Yesterday I didn’t have plans until the evening.  So I slept in and put together a few Christmas presents in the morning.  Then I headed to my parent’s house and took the dogs for a walk.  Then we spent the afternoon playing games before heading over to our friends house.  We played more games over there, had dinner, and did a white elephant gift exchange.  We have a new theme every year and this year’s theme was ‘adventure awaits’.  I ended up bringing home a gift card for a horneblower cruise so I was happy.  It’s a little sad that it is all over now and I’m definitely not looking forward to taking down the tree.  Although I guess there is still New Years to look forward to in less than a week!

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas



I cannot believe Christmas is here.  Well, in a few days.  It is one of the most exciting, happy, and stressful times of the year.  The one time of year that you want to slow down and enjoy but always seems to be hectic and fly by.  Thankfully I got all of my Christmas shopping done early and was able to enjoy this holiday season, for the most part.  Aside from the wedding planning craziness.  But that is almost over too.  We have to turn in our final counts and everything to the venue at the end of the month.  After that there’s no changing things and I can just wait for the big day.


This year I will be celebrating Christmas multiple times.  Normally it’s Christmas Eve with friends and Christmas day with family.  But this year it is the day before Christmas Eve with my Dad’s side of the family, Christmas Eve with the fiance’s family, Christmas Day with my Mom’s side of the family and the day after with friends.  Four days of celebrations and parties.  It will be fun but also exhausting.  I’m really excited to be able to see everyone this year though.  As we get older and everyone’s families get bigger, it gets harder to see everyone.  But such is life.


I am very lucky to get some time off for the holidays and am able to spend time with family.  I know there are a lot of people where holidays don’t exist at their jobs.  My fiance is one of them.  He works as an EMT on an ambulance and that is just one of the many jobs that never stop.  He is very lucky this year the way his schedule is that he gets Christmas Eve off and was also able to get someone to cover his Christmas Day shift so we will be able to spend those days together.  It will be a first for us, as the last few years he has always had to work.  I am happy that he gets time off, but also extremely grateful that there are people out there willing to give up their holidays to help others.  And not just on the holidays, but everyday because that is their job.  I could never do that kind of work but I’m glad that there are people out there that enjoy it.  Without them a lot of people wouldn’t be here.  My personal heroes.

Wherever you are, and whoever you get to spend these next few days with, I hope you are happy and spirits are high.  Wishing you all a very merry Christmas!

Weekend Recap – Getting in the Christmas Spirit


This weekend was a fun filled Christmas one.  As always, it started on Friday.  Our original plan was to take our parents out to dinner at the restaurant we will have our rehearsal dinner at in order to sample the food and decide on the menu for that night.  However, since it is the holiday season, the restaurant was closing early for a private event.  Instead, we took them out to a middle eastern restaurant that was new to all of us.  And it was delicious.  After dinner we took them to the house of lights.  It is this one guy’s house who goes above and beyond with the Christmas lights in his front yard.  There is a new theme every year and he allows people to walk through and take pictures.  We took my Dad last year for the first time and my Mom this year for the first time.  The theme this year was gingerbread cookies and he used over half a million lights.  It’s a really incredible display and always a fun little tradition we like to do.


Saturday the fiance went crabbing with his brother and dad in the morning which left me to do whatever I wanted.  First, I got up early and went for a run.  Then I came home and had breakfast and took the pup for a quick walk.  I had a meeting with the photographer later in the morning to pick up our guest book as well as go over the timing for the day of the wedding.  It’s hard because we have to work backwards from the ceremony since we plan to take most of our pictures before.  But we also have to account for hair and makeup time in the morning so the timing is really important.  After the meeting I ran a couple of errands and worked on a few wedding projects as my parents house.

That night the fiance and I headed up to a friends house for our annual Christmas movie night.  For the past few years a few our family friends have gotten together to watch a Christmas movie and have dinner together.  In the previous years we have watched The Polar Express, The Santa Clause, and A Christmas Story.  This year we watched Elf.  They all decorated Christmas cookies earlier that day so while we watched the movie we ate cookies and drank hot chocolate.  After the movie we made the long drive home, picked up the pup, and headed straight to bed.


Sunday we didn’t have plans until that evening.  I was planning to get up and go for a run but I decided to let myself sleep in instead.  And it was amazing.  Once the fiance was awake we started all of our chores for the day.  We had some laundry to do and Christmas shopping to finish.  It was a lot of back and forth between our parents house but we got everything done.  We also went grocery shopping and made soup for the week.  That evening we went downtown to watch the fiance’s Dad perform with his brass group.  Every year they play Christmas music at the brewery downtown.  This year I took my parents and we had dinner and drinks while we listened.  It was the perfect way to end the weekend.