This post is a couple days late because family time took precedent this week with our Christmas celebrations spanning three states! And now it’s almost New Years! This week went by SO FAST!
But wow, it was one for the books. We were in Disney World for Charlie’s first ever trip at 5 months old! And he was a CHAMP! He loved the characters, he loved the decorations, and he loved all the lights. I kept saying he came alive down there. We went with my parents and my sister and we had the most amazing time. It was truly the most magical 4 days ever and I am so thankful for my little crew. The high from the trip has not come down and I hope it stays for a while longer because I cannot stop thinking about all the little details. Most of all, I cannot believe we did it with our baby!
Side Note: I have some blog post ideas that I am working on with details and tips for traveling with an infant to Disney World, so stay tuned.
We decided to fly home Christmas Eve so we can spend some extra time with my husband’s family for Christmas. We arrived in Newark around 8 pm and drove directly to Pennsylvania. Not sure how I did it, but I packed everything we needed for a trip to Disney World, to Pennsylvania, and then back to visiting family in New Jersey. It was a little insane. I basically had packing lists that I was continuously editing on my phone ever since we planned for this trip in October.
We woke up on Christmas morning at my in-laws’ and spent the day there with family. It is so nice seeing family dote all over Charlie and it is the best feeling in the world knowing he is so loved. His Grandpop even wrote a song for him and we have been singing it on loop, nonstop. I have a feeling we will be singing it for years.
We then spent a couple days at my parents’ house and the biggest surprise was a huge starter train set that my Dad set up for Charlie. He wants to continue to build additions to it every year, like mountains and bridges, etc. Hopefully Charlie takes a liking to it. My Dad is great with wood and crafts so maybe Charlie will learn a lot over time! Go Grandpa!
And with that, here are some of my five favorites from the week:
- Sequin Shirt – I love dressing in basics/neutrals but I also believe that sequins are included in this category. Pairing it with basic jeans and pumps for a dressed up casual look this holiday week.
- Leopard Heeled Booties – Got these for Christmas from my MIL and they are SO comfortable! I definitely can carry a 20 lb baby and still run around in these. Like sequins, I also believe leopard is a neutral!
- Themed Holiday Dinnerware – My mom has the most beautiful dinnerware for Christmas. I find myself wanting to drink/eat with themed cups and plates all season long. And the more themed, the better in my opinion. I cannot find this exact set anywhere but found a similar set at Pottery Barn that’s on sale for a great price. Worth picking it up for next year!
- Ina Garten’s Brisket recipe. We hosted some friends at my parent’s house for Charlie’s first Christmas and we cooked this brisket. It wasn’t my first rodeo with this recipe, so I knew it would be good. We make three slight changes: (1) half the tomato juice & then replace that half with beef broth; (2) cook at 275 F for 7 hours because the lower and slower cook time results in an extra tender brisket; (3) add a slurry to the remaining pan juices to thicken. I remove about 1/4 cup of the juice, mix that with 2 Tbsp of arrowroot to keep it gluten free, and then mix it back in with the pan juices. Then we let this reduce until it coats the back of a spoon.
- The fireplace at the Wilderness Lodge. In my opinion, this resort had the best Christmas decor that I saw. It was magical and cozy. It was the most enchanting escape after a day in the parks. I rocked Charlie to sleep here and it will forever be one of my most cherished moments in Walt Disney World.
And an extra, because why not: spending time with family this week. We traveled so much and it was honestly exhausting. I think I’ll be unpacking for weeks. But it was still so nice to see everyone. We came home with full bellies, full hearts, and maybe a cold or two, haha!