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This Week at the Brennan’s

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Lauren and the kids in front of the Christmas tree

Hello and Merry Christmas to all of you beautiful people!! I am a few days late updating my blog because its the holidays and all I want to do is eat and sleep. But, I’m at my parent’s house in Canada, ready to party it up while Gordon is at home working his little behind off.

Here’s what happened this week:

Well, obviously Christmas happened this week! And a whole lot of stuff that led up to Christmas.

I tried to do as much as possible ahead of time so I could relax and enjoy Christmas Day. Since we don’t live that close to family and Gordon was working the midnight shift the week of Christmas, I got to do everything mostly myself.

Last month, I made our Christmas breakfast so it was just waiting in my freezer for me to pull out and bake. That was super smart of me, if I do say so myself.

Starting a week before Christmas, I tried to spend 30 minutes here and 45 minutes there wrapping gifts. Everything was wrapped and ready to go 2 days to spare!

Christmas Eve, I stayed home from church with Eddie and sick Blake (bad cough and fever of 104 at his highest…poor kid!) and got some last minute groceries delivered so I could make a lasagna for Christmas dinner as per Gordon’s request. I did a big grocery trip on the 23rd only to realize on the 24th that I forgot half of my items. I am NOT crazy, contrary to popular belief. I just happened to bring all three kids with me on said grocery trip and Eddie was screaming 80% of the time. So, I think a few things got overlooked because that kid stresses me out.

When I made the realization that I forgot the most important ingredients (tomato sauce, cheese, noodles) I thought I’d have to take my boys with me to the store. But, some of you wonderful readers came to my rescue and told me about other grocery delivery options (there really are so so many in the city!) so I was able to get them delivered. When you pay people money, they will do things for you. Haha!

These photos that I’m sharing below are ones from Christmas Day. Gordon made it home at 6:30 am, just in time for the kids to wake up and all of us to eat breakfast and open presents together as a family. Then he went to bed and me and the kids played with new toys, had naps, and prepared dinner. My favorite gift was a stocking filled with diet coke AND this gel manicure set so I can do my own gel manicures at home! I LOVE it. Took me a hot second to figure it out (2 hours….HA!) but now I have gloriously purple and shiny nails. (Got the color plum and done and I love it!)

Ohhh! And my husband got me a plaque for the wall that says “2017 Badass Mother of the Year”. I’ll have to take a picture of it and share later. It was super sweet. My year was certainly a rough one, but I’m so happy to be over it.

So, here are the few images I snapped from Christmas. Scroll below for next week!

Lauren and the kids in front of the Christmas tree
Mother of the year.

Brooke in front of the Christmas tree

Blake in front of the Christmas tree

Christmas dinner
I covered our table with white craft paper and wrote everyone’s names on with marker. The easiest thing ever!

Blake giving a thumbs up to the camera

Eddie eating

A plate of food on a table

Blake eating Christmas day
Magic Milk Straws are the bomb!! Have you heard of them?
Eddie in a highchair
Eddie had three platefuls of lasagna!!

Blake eating

Brooke eating
Getting so big!

Lauren and Gordon in front of the Christmas tree

Here’s what’s coming up this week:

We are currently in Canada, visiting my parents and cousins for the week until school starts back up for my kids in early January, freezing our royal taneenees off. And I thought New York was cold!

We are loving having a rental car to drive around in (I miss driving) and meeting up with old friends 🙂

Eddie is in heaven, playing with my parents small dog, Quincy. Pure heaven. and Brooke and Blake love playing with their cousins.

My birthday is on Friday and I asked my parents to watch my kids one night so I could go to a hotel and sleep as long as I wanted and THEY AGREED. This is going to be the highlight of my year. Also, here comes 32! Ah!

2018 is coming right up too…maybe we’ll do a small party?! We haven’t decided.

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a healthy New Year!!

xo Lauren

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51 Responses
  1. Anna

    I will forever and always love the picture of you and the three unhappy kids the most. Eddie’s face cracks me up every time. He is so expressive! You can tell he felt very sad and mad (smad).

  2. Ericka L

    Loved your Xmas post, mostly because I love to see how different folks celebrate, but also be said you prepped your breakfast casserole and I was curious. Glad you’re settling in NYC!! Plus I LOVE all the pics!

  3. Amber W

    I love love love Diet Coke! Laughing that you got some in your stocking. Your Instagram stories are enjoying to watch. Thanks for making life real and fun!

  4. Kathy Bozarth

    I love your blog! I love to cook myself and you have really yummy recipes, but I especially love hearing about your life in New York. I have lived in Utah all my life, and have always secretly wanted to move somewhere new even for a few years to experience life outside of Utah….however it terrifies me lol. I admire you for your strength in supporting your husband’s dream and picking up and moving to an unfamiliar place like New York with little kids especially with the hours your husband works. You must be a truly amazing wife and mother because you seem to have done it with such Grace! Thanks for sharing your life with the world!

  5. Rebecca Roper

    Ahhh! The picture of two kids crying and the third kid looking disgusted cracked me up. We moms can plan the perfect everything, but can’t control the over stimulated reactions! Sorry, but I’m just so glad my home isn’t the only one with emotions. All the other photos show the happiness – the payoff for all your work. Beautiful! And the motel room for sleeping . . . Brilliant. I had 4 babies in 5 years, I understand the motel. Thank you for all your work. And your honesty! Best wishes for a Happy New Year!

  6. Candi

    Adorable pictures! How did your kiddos get so big already? I hope everyone is healthy now! I can’t believe you live in NY now! Happy Birthday and may you and your family have a blessed 2018!

  7. Courtney

    Happy birthday Lauren! Does it get any easier having your Birthday 4 days after Christmas? My stepdaughter’s birthday is also Friday, she is a teenager and sleep will be her priority too! Those chocolate straws are still loved by teenagers too. you wouldn’t think so but they love them just as much as a little kid does. Hope everyone is feeling better and you are staying warm up in Canada. It is freezing here in the Boston area right now. I woke up to a temp of 6.6. YIKES!! OH and you did rock 2017. What an amazing year you have had.

  8. Meme

    We share the same birthday. Well, I’ll say same date not year! I’m way ahead of you. Have a wonderful birthday and Happy New Year.

  9. Julie Taylor

    Merry Christmas and happy New Year. Enjoy your photos and love the red stripe. Pjs. All young couples need some time away. Enjoy your hotel stay.

  10. Diana Burke

    Thank you for sharing your family photos I am old now 79 but your photos bring back so many memories for me. I enjoyed all of it more than you can know. You are a fantastic interesting person I admire you strive to keep your children and husband healthy and happy. That alone is one big challenge. I like to see your blog and photos getting ideas for my own cooking as the trends have changed like vegan and what is that other one oh yes vegetarian ect. It sure can be a Challenge today. Or at least for me. Your family is beautiful and I wish you continued success Happy early Birthday. Thank you and your husband for all you two do. Happy new year.

  11. Courtney

    With the new site I can’t see any photos. I get that you need us to click thru for ad revenue, but none of the images appear. Of course the ads show up immediately, but I’ve clicked on this post 7 times, waited almost 5 minutes and still the photos aren’t loading. This happens all the time now with the redesign 🙁

      1. Liz Maresh

        I am having the same issue ! I can read the text but no photos past the initial one on the original email . After I go to read more , I see only text. I am on my IPad. By the way, HAPPY BIRTHDAY ! My Birthday is on Saturday.. We are celebrating early since we are in South Texas ( Corpus Christi, Texas ) and are expecting a freeze on Monday night into Tuesday. It sometimes shuts the whole city down since our city officials don’t prepare for this kind of weather very often! I hope you can figure out the issue with our not getting your photos!

      2. Liz

        I still have no photos on my IPad! All the above photos with lasagna, straws, etc. are still not showing up. I got your email with the mocktail recipe and all photos and text are there, but this particular email with your Christmas photos are minus the photos still, Any ideas what has changed since all your other emails previously had no issues?

    1. Judy DeLacy

      …I’m having the same problem with being unable to view the pictures. I’m on a desk top PC and using Chrome as my browser. I was able to view pictures on previous posts.

      I’m glad you got to spend time with family. ♫ ♪ Happy Birthday Lauren ♪ ♫

      Judy D.

  12. Gisela

    Yes, yes and yes! To the hotel idea. Go sleep as long as you want, you deserve it. My kids were not having it with taking pictures on Christmas either. Hope you have a great birthday!!

  13. Michael L Ward

    You are amazing and deserve more than one of those plaques. I’m a stay at home Dad, but never had to do it on my own. I’m thinking that would be the definition of failure. You’ve got a great husband and adorable kids. Press on……

  14. Ronnie Stockwell

    Happy birthday and Merry Christmas. Enjoy your night of uninterrupted sleep. Love Brooke’s expression in the crying boys pic!