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Holiday Whirlwind!

Wow, I can’t believe it’s officially 2015! I never even got to tell you how our holidays have been so I figured it was time for a quick catchup!

Since Jason’s parents were able to spend Thanksgiving with us, we decided to stay in town for Christmas this year instead of traveling up north. Which meant I got to spend another Christmas with my favorite little boy! In the morning Jason and I packed him up and headed to my parents house in our pajamas.

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He got the hang of opening presents much faster this year and was very excited about all the treats and toys he was spoiled with! 😀 We all got spoiled! I got several new kitchen gadgets that I’m already loving like a spiralizer, hand mixer (my old one broke), and a NutriBullet! After opening presents we proceeded with the family tradition of a big Christmas breakfast eaten on our nice china.

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It was amazing as usual. Mom got some Quorn sausage patties for me and my brother David (he’s vegetarian too) and they were an amazing addition to the breakfast. The spread included waffles, scrambled eggs, bacon for the omnivores, fruit salad, grits, and orange juice.

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Fast forward a few days and my girlfriends Emily and KJ came into town to ring in the new year with us! This has kind of become an annual thing since neither of them live in Atlanta anymore and it’s our chance to all be together in our hometown again. They’re BOTH law students now but we all managed to unwind and leave our stress behind to enjoy ourselves.

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So New Year’s Eve we got all gussied up (Emily and I even convinced KJ to join us in donning fake eyelashes…muahahaha) and had some appetizers and bubbly at home before heading out on the town.

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The restaurant where we went was having an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet and bottomless champagne–definitely our kind of party! We all had a great time! Except for Cynewulf, who was freaking out because his separation anxiety has returned with a vengeance. Poor baby!

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On New Year’s day we all went to my parent’s house for the traditional southern menu of fried chicken (fried “chik’n” for me and David), greens, black eyed peas, rice, cornbread, and even peach cobbler for dessert! I stupidly forgot to bring my camera so you’ll have to use your imagination. It was an AWESOME meal.

The next day we threw a little shindig! I invited over a bunch of other girls from high school to catch up and have some small bites.

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Our complex has a really nice club lounge area so we had the party down there. I made cheese straw bites:

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Zucchini noodles with tomato sauce:

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Sweet Mint Grapefruit Salad:

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And Black and White Macarons for dessert (this time I used Nutella as the base for the filling):

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It was really nice to catch up with these ladies! Everyone is doing such cool things with their lives since we graduated. Our 10 year reunion is coming up next year, which I can hardly believe.

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And those were my holidays! Phew! I hope yours were awesome too!

-Lauren

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  • Michelle @ Fit. Flexible. Fabulous. January 4, 2015, 7:31 pm

    What a nice thing to do for your high school friends!

    Love that picture of Kenny in the NYE hat…he looks thrilled 😉

    Happy New Year!

    • Lauren @ Dash of Soul January 8, 2015, 12:54 am

      Thanks Michelle! Happy new year! :)

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