anyway, even though it's already new year's day, i wanted to recap a little bit of Christmas and our family's little trip to Carmel! i didn't take too many photos on Christmas (read: i took like 5) but i did take plenty of photos of the gorgeous sunsets in Carmel.
i did manage to snap a picture of these glorious homemade cinnamon rolls i made on Christmas morning before i put them in the oven! they turned out amazing and actually weren't too difficult to make. i also made a spicy sausage and veggie egg scramble and my brother made little sausage pigs in a blanket that we have every year.
before breakfast we opened up our stockings (i filled them this year-so much fun shopping for everyone!) and then dove into the cinnamon rolls. mmmm. we opened some presents and then headed to my grandparents' to visit in the afternoon before coming home to finish up presents and make dinner.
ginnie mae really enjoyed the present opening! she loves all the tissue paper and boxes and she even got a few toys from santa.
we had ribs and my grandma's homemade rolls for dinner, perfect way to end a great Christmas.
a couple days after Christmas we headed to Carmel for a couple days by the ocean!
the first night we were there we went to our favorite italian restaurant for dinner. i got the 'al forno sinatra' which was baked rigatoni with spicy sausage, mushrooms, sauce (i forget what kind), and cheese. it was delicious and super rich, i only managed to get through barely half of it before saving the rest for another meal.
the next day after sleeping in, we headed out on a short run and ended at the beach for some fun photos. my mom and i love taking pictures and we always make my poor brother and dad take a million pictures of us being crazy, haha.
i think that the 200 handstands we did trying to get a good photo were worth all the soreness the next
day week were worth it though!
after the beach we headed into monterey to grab lunch at whole foods.
i got a big salad with a bunch of little things from the hot bar in the corners. the scalloped potatoes (bottom right) were my favorite.
after lunch we came back to relax some more and then headed out again to pop in a few shops. i got this coffee cookie crunch ice cream that i had to get once i saw it. it was just as good as i thought it would be!
then we headed down to the beach for one last sunset before heading back to our room. by this point i wasn't feeling so hot, and we didn't feel like doing much, so we ordered takeout from this new burger place. it was so freaking good. i got the portabello mushroom burger- which was a burger WITH a mushroom. not a mushroom instead of meat. and it had like half a pound of bacon on it and lots of cheese. probably the biggest burger i've eaten in years. it. was. bomb. so were the sweet potato fries (which i couldn't finish. that says something about the size of that burger.)
we had a little modern family marathon and i crashed early. and woke up the next morning feeling like dying. i think i laid on the kitchen floor for a solid half an hour because i couldn't even walk into the kitchen without getting dizzy and putting my head down. and then i kept getting really hot and then really cold (which is apparently normal for the flu? i'd never gotten it before) and coughing like crazy. so i'm really glad i was able to spend a few days on the couch without any obligations except to get better.
even if that meant spending my new years eve laying on the couch eating chinese takeout and going to bed at 10pm. party animal. luckily this morning i woke up feeling a lot better!
anyway, i'm off to (finally) get in a little studying for my fitness leadership program. and buying textbooks for next quarter. why can't it just be break for forever? that would be great.
hope you all had a great time ringing in the new year! here's to a happy & healthy 2014!