It's the week of Christmas! While it hasn't felt quite like December here in Ohio, winter officially starts tomorrow... which means it is the darkest day of the year... which also means every day after is lighter and brighter! :)
This weekend we celebrated Christmas in Canton with my husband's family. There was a crazy flurry of wrapping paper as all the kids opened their presents... this year was very Star Wars focused. Good thing the kids are like their dads/uncles. I think the adults had more fun playing with some of the toys! The night before the Christmas celebration, we ate ate 91 Wood Fired Oven and drank at Canton Brewing Company... we'll certainly revisit both places when we're in Canton!
On the other side of the emotional scale, unfortunately my aunt passed away last week after dealing with cancer for a while. It is always hard to lose someone so young, but we were able to celebrate her life through a scavenger hunt around Columbus. If you see the donation plaques around town, feel free to follow the clues to the other seven locations she loved to frequent.
Death always puts things in perspective... reprioritizes your thoughts. So many things suddenly seem frivolous. But also makes you stop to think... what if today was my last day... am I living the day like I would want to live my last day? Instead of watching TV, should I be doing something more fun? Instead of saying we should do that someday, why can't that someday be sooner rather than later? Life is short. Unfortunately not everyone gets to live a long life, but that doesn't mean it can't be a full life.
With that being said, one moment you can take everyday is sitting down at the dinner table over a home cooked meal and having a conversation. So here is this week's meal plan...
crab cakes and corn on the cob
stuffed shells and salad
salmon fillet with dill sauce and potatoes
butternut mac and cheese