christmas day. and the day after that.

by Janetha on December 27, 2011

in dogs,family time,love life,meals

hello! i went back to work today but things are really dead at my office. we aren’t manufacturing or installing any windows this week so most people are off. it does provide me with a lot of time for miscellaneous bookkeeping and organizing piles of nonsense to be filed away before the new year begins.

i want to recap christmas day before the memory of it escapes me completely. i have a really bad memory and part of the reason i blog is so i can look back and remember various events in my life. gotta love technology.

christmas morning started around 8 AM. penny and randy woke up to see that santa had visited our house despite how bad they’ve been lately!


they anxiously waited for marshall to unwrap that HUGE candy cane rawhide.


they loved this bone so much that we headed to petco on monday to clean out the rest of the stock—they had four bones left and they were half off!


it’s a good thing we picked up extras, too, because they spent the whole day taking turns gnawing on the giant bone.

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marshall and i exchanged gifts.. we had a set budget of $150 per person including stockings. marshall totally cheated, but i am not complaining. he hooked me up with a couple nice pair of running tights, an under armor sweatshirt that i would never have bought for myself (fact: before christmas day, i didn’t own a single piece of under armor clothing because i am cheap), a water/air flossing device because i love dental hygiene so much (what?), a rolling pin (yes! no more wine bottle), a food chopper, and an ipod nano complete with new ear buds.

i was a bit of a failure and two of the gifts i got marshall were total busts (wrong size earrings, wrong type of wallet) but it’s the thought that counts, right? he did love this custom keep calm print i ordered:


i got him some other artwork to hang on the wall—he is making a man cave out of our spare bedroom and needs a lot of packers stuff for decorating! i aim to please.

after exchanging gifts, we headed to my parents’ place for some breakfast and to see what santa left in our stockings. and yes, there are four different pieces of packers apparel in the photo below. probably five if you we could see the shirt that’s under marshall’s hoodie.


i made a goat cheese, sun dried tomato, onion, and ham frittata. i used 12 eggs and used our biggest cast iron skillet!


i also roasted some red potatoes in garlic, olive oil, and trader joe’s 21 seasoning salute to go alongside the frittata.


add a little ketchup and i was set.


i did want a little sweetness after my savory breakfast, so i whipped up a single piece of french toast using an egg, almond milk, and cinnamon. i topped it with syrup and powdered sugar, just like i did when i was a kid.


i always look forward to seeing what santa left in my stocking each year.


you can bet there’s always at least one miniature item.. love mini things! i was right—i got a baby vaseline. best cure for lips during utah winters! (don’t mind the busted up face.)


i was bummed to see my mom actually got an even SMALLER vaseline in her stocking!


it’s tiny! in fact, santa brought my mom several mini items for her stocking. (my mom plays santa for all of us, and we play santa for her…)


we had fun seeing what else santa left in our sock.


the highlight? MATCH GAME ON DVD! i know kristina is jealous of this gift!


i flipping love old school game shows—especially match game. i am such a sucker for richard dawson, charles nelson reilly, brett somers, and gene rayburn.

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maybe i was born in the wrong decade?

another highlight each year is watching my mom thumb through the calendar we make her. i threw in a couple of wedding photos from my parents’ wedding and that started the waterworks. always a success!



my niece, izzy, was super stoked on her hello kitty toothbrush. i know a certain someone who would be all about that!

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it has been so nice to have my sister and her family in town from san diego for christmas. they just need to move back.. but i don’t foresee that happening. ever.

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my family had to head to church, so marshall and i went home to cuddle up with the pups. we napped, i blogged about my broken nose, and marshall whipped up a gourmet christmas dinner just for the two of us.

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grilled ham & cheese with tomato soup. one of our favorites!


after dinner i napped some more with a big basset hound on my belly.


and then we watched the packers kick the bears’ butts. it must have been the packers collars we gave penny and randy for christmas that acted as good luck charms!

after the game, marshall and i played a new word game that we received in our stocking. it was a hybrid of boggle and scrabble.. SUPER fun!

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marshall beat me fair and square. i blame the pain meds for fogging my thinking capabilities!

around 11 PM we realized we were super hungry, so we did the most logical thing and drove to momma b’s! we stole honey baked ham, turkey, dollar rolls, cranberry salsa, pumpkin pie, and fresh vanilla bean whipped cream. we brought it all home and feasted on our delicious midnight snack. thanks for supplying the goods, mom.

monday started off pretty uneventful. i slept in until 10:30, ate some cereal, and went back to sleep until 12:30! i hauled myself out of bed so marshall and i could run a couple errands. we bought the kiddos more candy cane rawhides. we went to costco. we exchanged marshall earrings that i got for him. we also hit up best buy where i purchased a macbook pro. i know i said i wasn’t going to get a mac due to the lack of windows live writer. but i really love macs for everything else.. so i decided to bite the bullet and see if i can deal with the blog software mac offers. here’s hoping i love it!

marshall’s parents paid us a visit monday afternoon and we exchanged gifts. they are SO thoughtful and got us the most awesome gifts. packers art, soft blankets (a packers one and an owl one!), a purple houndstooth thermal for me, and an awesome packers wallet for marshall that makes up for the crappy wallet i got him.

monday evening was rad because we were able to get together with all my siblings. that rarely happens since everyone has kids (well, aside from me and marsh) and my sister lives out of state. but last night my parents took all the kids to see the zoo lights and us big kids got together for games, cafe rio mexican food, and cheesecake. it was awesome to spend time with all of them.


my brother makes the best faces in every photo. always. bless him.

and now it’s tuesday night.. hey, i didn’t do so bad at taking a long time to recap the holiday highlights, did i? plus, i was injured.. so that’s pretty impressive.

oh, on the workout front, i haven’t worked out since friday. i am bummed because this would be my final week of the 12 week trainer, but that whole broken nose ordeal slowed me down. i could work out if i made myself, but my face hurts and i want to take it easy. it’s frustrating to be set back due to injury.. but i want to heal properly. plus, i have my whole life to work out!

chat later.

xo. janetha g.

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Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning December 27, 2011 at 6:16 pm

I love your posts- it’s so easy to read every single word and I always love your photos!
Anyway- if you do find a good editing program for Mac, let me know. I’ve been on the same mission, as I use a MacBook Pro also.
Also- I love the big dog candy cane and the shots of Penny and Randy gnawing on them. My boys would go NUtS!

Becky December 27, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Greetings from Green Bay! Recently happened upon your blog and you had me at Packers ;)


Becky December 27, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Greetings from Green Bay! Recently happened upon your blog and you had me at Packers ;)

Happy Holidays!

Lauren December 27, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Love all of these photos with the fam. I am such a big fan of old school game shows too! The Match Game, Family Feud (old school style) but my all time favorite game show will always be Supermarket Sweep. Now why can’t they make the dvd version of that. :) Glad it was a wonderful Christmas lady.

Janetha December 27, 2011 at 9:18 pm

loved that one! and shop til you drop.

Kris December 27, 2011 at 7:15 pm

omg Omg OMG you may have to bring that to Colorado! :D I am super jealous.

and Basil is equally jealous of that awesome rawhide cane – it’s got to be bigger than him!

Janetha December 27, 2011 at 9:19 pm

definitely is like twice basil’s size! and you bet i will bring it :)

Andrea December 27, 2011 at 7:16 pm

I lurve stocking stuffers too!! Your family’s dynamic is so beautiful to see. Where did you order the custom keep calm print from?

Allison R. December 27, 2011 at 7:38 pm

I was wondering the same thing! The boyfriend would die if I got that!

Janetha December 27, 2011 at 9:21 pm

I got it here: but I am giving them a bad review because the print came too big, I had to trim it down a few times to get it to fit the frame, and the colors weren’t the same as the proof. It was a good deal, though.. $15. And it all turned out OK :)

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 27, 2011 at 7:19 pm

I totally love that you went to your mom’s at 11 PM to raid her fridge. That is totally something I would do!!

betty December 27, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Is that a 365 basset calendar I spy? ? Cause I think I’m getting the! Hope your face feels better!!

Janetha December 27, 2011 at 9:23 pm


Sara December 27, 2011 at 7:58 pm

The Match Game DVDs are high-larious! Who knew that was out on DVD?! It’s a crazy show!

sarah (sarah learns) December 27, 2011 at 8:12 pm

go packers! i love all the packers gear & that keep calm print. love it.

cathy@1970kikiproject December 27, 2011 at 8:15 pm

I LOVED reading your recap, j!! random thoughts, in no particular order: i blog like this (total family recap) to have a written and photo account to look back on, too; i would LOVE match game!; that is too funny and way cool that you drove over to your parents’ at 11 pm. enjoy your quieter work week!

Nicole C December 27, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Another eventful recap! Always on the go :) I couldn’t imagine what Kronus would do with a rawhide bone like that except try to run out the back door and get stuck.

On a friendly football note, you two look like Ben and I except we are covered in Steelers gear. Sorry to say, I come in peace with that statement but i even got the Victorias Secret full on velour outfit for Christmas. I feel like I belong on the jersey shore.

Janetha December 27, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Hilarious!! I can’t get that because Marshall cringes at the feel of velour.

Kerryne December 27, 2011 at 8:51 pm

You guys are always having so much fun! If I were to recap… well basically anything in my life it would be a bore ;) It was fun to run into you at Costco… get this, after WAITING in line turns out the PJ’s my MIL “bought” from Costco… didn’t come from Costco. Waited for NOTHING. UGH!

Janetha December 27, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Oh MAN.. what a bummer! Ugh, frustrating. Hope you have a nice final week of freedom ;)

jen December 27, 2011 at 9:14 pm

first thing you are seriously my role model today. after i saw you at the gym (i would have come to say hi and ask about your nose but you were mid-conversation with someone and that would have been rude to butt in) i figured that if you had a broken nose and were at the gym i should probably just suck it up and do my workout. i got a new ipod nano too for christmas and i got the iwatch band you should seriously get one they are amazing. i thought that it would pull my headphones out of my ears when i lift but i didn’t have any problems. and besides that who doesn’t want to carry their music around on their wrist?

Janetha December 27, 2011 at 9:27 pm

oooo do you have a link? i have never heard of it! i actually wasn’t going to go to the gym but marshall kinda gave me a hard time because i’ve been a slug and REALLY i CAN work out.. i just can’t bounce around. so i sucked it up and went. then i left my nano in the car and was too lazy to go back and get it, so i worked out sans music. but now i want to try it since you are raving about it!

also, you SHOULD HAVE COME TO SAY HI! gah! next time please do. I was probably talking to Candice, who is a blogger.. so we could have had one big blog talk haha.


jen December 27, 2011 at 9:38 pm
they have some pretty fancy ones but my boyfriend got me just a plain pink rubber one that he actually found at rc willey.
the girl you were talking to looked SUPER familiar do you know if her maiden name is hale? she looked like a girl that i knew like way back in elementary school. ha

Mama Pea December 27, 2011 at 9:53 pm

I’m glad you are taking it easy, love. Narcotics + treadmills don’t mix. I speak from experience :) You look lovely as ever, and honestly, every morning since I read your car accident post, I’ve just thanked God that you are okay. And then today I got your Christmas card and may have gotten a bit weepy. Love you!!!

Kris | December 27, 2011 at 11:52 pm

Ahhh my kinda christmas! Full of food….mom’s eats and well….more food!! I love spoiling Hudson, our pooch at christmas! We got him a new bed, toys and bones!!

I love your mini vaseline! So cute!!

Kaye December 28, 2011 at 12:12 am

I wish we still had Christmas dinner leftovers! But I’ll take a grilled cheese and tomato soup anytime!
A FB friend of mine posted this “MAN CAVE” street sign thingamajig on her wall and they make one that has the Packers logo on it. Pretty sweet for a man cave!

Janetha December 28, 2011 at 8:11 am

Awesome, thank you for this link!

lindsay December 28, 2011 at 12:43 am

oh you packers twins! too cute. You need a mini packer cheese grater or something. I bet you could find it, or maybe your mom could. The queens of mini’s!

Erica December 28, 2011 at 2:39 am

You guys had such a wonderful holiday! Glad the kids enjoyed the ginormous candy cane. I always want to get thise for frank, but hes not allowed to have gear rocks but is pricey, i try to get mine from the outlet. Your nieces and nephews are so cute!!

Lauren @ What Lauren Likes December 28, 2011 at 5:47 am

So cute! I love the pics! The frittata looks so yummy!

Heather (Heather's Dish) December 28, 2011 at 5:53 am

i LOVE the baby vaseline that your mom got…i saw those in the store the other day and made a mental note to get one once i run out of my other chapstick!

Melissa December 28, 2011 at 7:19 am

Love the Christmas recap! The dogs were so cute enjoying their gifts.

I love Mini things too, although then I am more prone to lose them, lol!

Betsy @ A Dancer In The Kitchen December 28, 2011 at 8:09 am

Catching up reading blogs & I’m sorry about your accident! Glad you are okay. Black ice in Utah always scares me! Your family does stockings like mine does! Love it! Happy Holidays to you guys!

Sami December 28, 2011 at 8:50 am

those mini things are the coolest!

is your packers hoodie from victoria’s secret?! it’s adorable.

kara December 28, 2011 at 9:26 am

fun! two things: my cousin was SO excited about the singing justin bieber toothbrush she got from my grampa. i don’t like hello kitty but i’d take it any day over justin. AND it was a duplicate gift because her mother got her one, too! annnnd just wondering, do you follow any religion?

Janetha December 28, 2011 at 9:33 am

Nice! Someone gave that toothbrush as a white elephant gift at our party. So funny. On the religion front, no I don’t. My family is Mormon and I was baptized Mormon (they do it at the age of 8) but I am not longer active nor do I consider myself Mormon. I do think it’s a great religion and learned many values and morals growing up this way, however.. it is just not for me. I do believe in God, but I don’t go to church or anything.

Lauren @ Recipes for a Quarterlife December 28, 2011 at 11:25 am

i love that picture of you and randy! what a cuddly guy! sounds like you made out like a bandit this year!

Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio December 28, 2011 at 11:26 am

Those bones are awesome! All the mini things are upper cute!

Christin@purplebirdblog December 28, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I am super impressed at Penny and Randy’s ability to share that rawhide. There would be blood shed in my household.

Lara December 28, 2011 at 1:28 pm

What an awesome Christmas! I love the giant doggie bone for the babies. My girls would LOVE that. And the baby Vaseline…I think I can beat even Mama B’s size! In England I bought a tiny circular-shaped Vaseline that is so small, I constantly lose it ;)
Love your fam, love you ;)
P.S. I’m just catching up so I have no clue what happened to your poor beautiful face. OMG. At least it looks like it’s on the mend now.

Stefanie @TheNewHealthy December 28, 2011 at 1:32 pm

“plus, i have my whole life to work out!” So true, but often forgotten. Love this.

elise December 28, 2011 at 1:53 pm

awww..your cute busted up face!
our apartment in BsAs had mini spoons so you can bet youre ass i was in HEAVEN!!

natash December 28, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Whooshhh…chock-filled post! Love the candy cane rawhides…wish I would have seen them when I was shopping for my friend’s golden retrievers! Maybe I’ll hit petco and check anyway.

You must have HUGE stockings or multiple ones…that’s a lotta stuff for one.

looks like an awesome word game…love them…boggle, scrabble, bananagrams etc.

And lastly, I can’t believe how much you and your sisters look alike (;

Hope the nose/bruises are healing and by New Year’s you’ll be ready to roll (:

The Bears Still Suck December 28, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Marshall needs to burn that Number 4 Packer’s Jersey immediately and replace it with a Number 12 Jersey. We no longer wear Favre jerseys in Wisconsin – we burn them!!!!

Mary December 28, 2011 at 3:51 pm

About 10 years ago when I was a teenager I searched and searched online for Richard Dawson’s address so I could send him love letters. I think I remember finding it. I love how he kissed all the ladies on the fued. xoxo

Janetha December 29, 2011 at 1:49 pm

This is amazing!

Matt @ The Athlete's Plate December 28, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Looks like a great Christmas! Work is dead around here too :)

Elizabeth @ reads recipes runs December 28, 2011 at 7:19 pm

How fun! I just had a ham and cheese sandwich. Amazing.

I totally wanted to go see the zoo lights but none of my in laws wanted to :( was it as magical as they promised?

Stephanie**s December 28, 2011 at 7:43 pm

So happy the broken nose didn’t spoil your holiday fun :) you both crack me up with all the packers gear- I am the same way!! Except with the falcons lol.

Kimberly December 28, 2011 at 8:20 pm

love your outfits, girrrl :) Go Pack Go!!!!!!

Susan December 29, 2011 at 8:19 pm

I LOVE MATCH GAME! What a wonderfully random gift. I used to watch the Game Show Network all the time in high school. The Newlywed Game was another one of my favourites. Bob Eubanks was always my favourite game show host… Richard Dawson was kinda creepy…

Also, that is so sweet your dogs share that huge bone. The dogs in my life are always fighting over treats and bones!

Allison December 30, 2011 at 7:49 am

Happy holidays! Looks like Santa was very generous all around- the candy cane rawhide is gigantic! P.S. My family are huge Scrabble fans and love playing against each other in Words with Friends… The Alphabet Soup game sounds right up our alley!

Allison December 30, 2011 at 7:49 am

We also have Banana Grams but haven’t ever opened them- saw that was a big stocking stuffer this year…

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