Well, I have to say that McCoy family Christmas weekend was an epic success.
We started the weekend off strong on Friday night when my mother-in-law announced that there would be intermittent BINGO going on all weekend – with prizes to boot! At random moments one of my parents-in-law would make the call “it’s BINGO time!” at which point we’d all gather round for a chance to win.
Saturday morning we got up first thing and got to cookin’! It has become a yearly tradition for us to make meals for older folks in the church and then take them with us as we go caroling from house to house.
This year we made bean soup, corn bread and banana bread. The phrase “how many McCoys does it take to _____” was thrown out a lot throughout the morning:)
Another important event on Saturday was the celebration of my MIL’s birthday! So so thankful for her:)
After a couple hours of visiting and caroling, we headed back to the house to get dinner ready. I am the only vegetarian in the family, so many times I will either just eat the sides that are made or I’ll roast up a batch of veggies. I went with the latter this weekend, and even threw in some potatoes and edamame. Protein, check! Carbs, check! Veggies, check, check!
I coated them with a mix of olive oil and random seasonings. Unfortunately I went a little heavy on the red pepper, but other than that they were pretty good!
While we enjoyed dinner, little Miss Olive enjoyed chewing on her new favorite toy given to her by her grandparents:)
And then it was time for gifts. My mother-in-law completely goes over the top with the gifts – she and my father-in-law do so much for us. It’s seriously outrageous. We had a great time – I love getting to watch people open gifts…so fun. And opening some myself wasn’t bad either I suppose:)
Unfortunately my mother-in-law had a bit of hard time this weekend because on Thursday night she was rooting around in her closet for something and a five pound dumbbell fell and landed on two of her toes. I felt so bad for her…I think she was in more pain than she would let on…but of course it didn’t stop her from serving all of us all weekend. It’s just who she is:) I hope I can be as sweet and selfless as she is when I have children someday.
All in all it was a great Christmas with the family. It’s kind of nice to have one Christmas done, but still have almost two weeks of Christmas fun to go…I like it!
Merry Christmas from us! Jon, Candice and Olive
Olive refused to look at the camera. I think she was a little bitter about the sweater.
Hope you all had a great weekend!
Stay tuned tomorrow for round three of the perfect vegan sugar cookie + a discount offered from one of the coolest online boutique stores around!