Merry Christmas Eve! The past couple days have been so busy and fun that I feel like I’ve barely had a chance to sit down, much less write blog post! This Christmas Eve morning though Ryan is still sleeping, I just made us a breakfast of biscuits and gravy, and I have my coffee, so I’m ready to write. We had such a great weekend, I want to make sure I tell you all about it. Let’s start with Thursday.
On Thursday night, Ryan and I had a little date night. Before we had any friends in Columbus, the Columbus Zoo and it’s animals were our friends. We bought a season pass and used to go to the zoo A LOT. Like an embarrassing amount of times. Now that we have friends, we don’t go to the zoo very often anymore but we made sure to go see the zoo all lit up for the holidays on Thursday. We had dinner at our favorite pizza place, Mellow Mushroom and then went to Wildlights.
We had fun, but let’s be honest. No animals are out at night in the winter. We saw probably a total of 5 animals and it was super crowded. Here’s what we looked like when we got home:
On Friday night I was invited to a girlfriend’s house for an ornament exchange party! So fun! Tons of great appetizers and drinks and it was really fun to meet a whole new pack of girls. I made these toasted raviolis to bring and they were a hit. I was a little nervous about frying them, but they really couldn’t have been easier. I will definitely make those again.
Saturday morning we had breakfast at this super cute restaurant called Village Crepe in Pickerington. Ryan had a showing at his house out there and we found this little gem. After the showing, Ryan and I volunteered for a couple hours at the Mid Ohio Food Bank’s Pantry where we helped people shop for groceries. My family growing up had a tradition of volunteering around the holidays and it’s really stuck with me. I think volunteering year round is really important, but there is something extra special about volunteering at Christmastime. If you ever want to hear a funny story about our experience there though, ask Ryan to tell you a story about ground beef 🙂
After volunteering, we went to see Anchorman 2. Look out for Ryan’s movie review coming soon (and check out his other ones while you’re at it – he cracks me up).
On Sunday, we hosted a Christmas Brunch for 11 of our friends complete with bloody mary’s, mimosas, and the dice game (a Wehking family tradition)! To keep this post from being so long that you won’t read it, I’ll post our brunch menu and recipes at a later time – we’ve built up some tried and true dishes that are definitely worth sharing! I was too busy having fun to take many pictures but here are a couple.
(No Ryan didn’t get a new tattoo – it was his prize in the dice game. Looks kind of good though doesn’t it?) –
Enjoy the holidays with your families! We’ll be missing ours a ton and send you lots of Christmas love from Ohio!