‘Twas the Tuesday Before Christmas

‘Twas the Tuesday before Christmas and all through the house,

The Fagan family felt the magic of Christmas as they bustled about!

Christmas Tree

Can you guys believe Christmas is nearly here? Wow! I was really feeling the hustle and bustle of the holiday season yesterday as I tried to cram in some last minute holiday must-dos among the usual Tuesday madness. All around it was a good day, though a busy one for sure! Let’s start at the beginning…


I woke up bright and early as usual to cram in a couple of hours of work before Chase was up for the day. I felt a little off on Monday (though much better than I did on Sunday) and thankfully continued to feel even better yesterday. Chase also seemed 100 percent better on Monday and yesterday so I’m hoping that’s the sign of a healthy Christmas to come!

I sat down at the computer with a cup of coffee and a small bowl of scrambled eggs (three eggs mixed with Laughing Cow cheese, salt and pepper).

scrambled eggs

I plowed through my email inbox, did some not-so-fun finance stuff and began working on a blog post I have planned for the future before Chase was up for the day. Once he was up and changed, I joined him for his breakfast which included a whole wheat pumpkin muffin, milk and a sprinkle of Cheerios.

Honey Nut Cheerios

I poured myself a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios (Breakfast 2.0) to enjoy with him and had fun watching him dance around in his high chair to Pentatonix’s “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.” That song has a serious beat and Chase feels it! (Side note: Longtime PBF readers know Ryan and I have absolutely LOVED Pentatonix since we first rooted for them on The Sing Off and if you’re looking for an incredible song to add to your Christmas playlist, their version of “Mary, Did You Know?” is gorgeous.)


Once breakfast was over, we read books and played with Chase’s new dump truck toy that he received for Christmas from Ryan’s mom before heading off to the gym.

Dump Truck Toy Toddlers

While Chase played with his boot camp childcare buddies, I went through a plyometric workout with my girlfriends that looked like this:

Bodyweight Plyometric Workout

With my workout done for the day, Chase and I quickly ate a snack (a pouch for him, a Larabar for me) and headed out to join our friends at a morning Gymboree class! As usual, Chase had the best time walking all over the place, playing with new toys and watching Miss Jen’s every move. I loved the extra time to chat with Carrie!



After about an hour, it was time to head out, so we said goodbye to our friends and popped into Whole Foods on our way home. I needed to pick up a bottle of wine, some chocolates and a Rewined candle for a last-minute Christmas gift (oh my gosh you guys the Zinfandel Rewined candle smells like heaven) and I used the opportunity to snag lunch from the hot bar while we were there as well!

Whole Foods Hot Bar

Once we made it home and finished eating an early lunch, I spent the next hour bustling about while Chase followed along and thankfully seemed entertained by silly games I made up along the way. I wanted to transfer all of our wrapped Christmas gifts into boxes to make it easier to transport them to Jacksonville with us where we will be spending Christmas with my family and anything that involves transferring things from one place to the next is toddler gold in our house right now.

Christmas Gifts

Though Chase’s present Tetris skills left a lot to be desired, he still seemed to enjoy “helping” and I didn’t mind fixing his handiwork to make everything fit a little more snuggly.

Before Chase’s nap, we also managed to get a load of laundry in the washing machine and I began sorting through Chase’s clothes to pack for our travels.

When Chase went down for his nap, I took advantage of a free minute to hop into the shower. Feeling refreshed, I quickly got dressed and worked at the computer again for two hours until he was up and it was time for a snack before we headed out.

We had plans to meet up with friends for an afternoon play date and spent the next two hours running around Discovery Place Kids.


Chase had a blast and it’s crazy for me to think back to the time when he was too little to do anything other than sit in the bucket seats and play at the water table.

By the time we arrived back home, dinner was on my mind but I wasn’t in the mood to cook at all, so I turned to the freezer and pulled out a frozen pizza from Whole Foods to throw in the oven after Ryan arrived home from work.

Frozen Pizza

Frozen pizza + Grapes + Leftover roasted sweet potatoes = Dinner = Done!

We spent the rest of the night before Chase’s bedtime playing on the floor with Sadie, reading books and doing our best to tire out our energetic toddler.


(I love it when Sadie’s jowls get caught in her teeth like that… Never fails to crack me up!)

chase and ryan reading

Once Chase was in bed, I hopped on the computer to finish typing up this blog post before joining Ryan for some much-needed relaxation on the couch! Hot chocolate and Jeopardy rounded out our Tuesday night!

I hope you guys are having a great Wednesday so far. I hope to share a few blog posts over the next few days but it may be a bit spotty over here on PBF as we’ll be traveling and I want to be sure to soak up plenty of quality time with my family. I’ll do my best but want to be sure to wish all of you Happy Holidays in the meantime!!

P.S. Thanks so much for sharing so many wonderful stories and peeks into your lives in the comments section of yesterday’s post. I absolutely loved reading them and appreciate the time you took to share!


  1. says

    LOVE the Pentatonix! I would love to see them live around christmas time one year. Isn’t Whole Foods food bar the best?!? I wish my Whole Foods was closer, it’s about an 40 minutes away. But I hit up the food bar overtime I go! =)


  2. says

    Mitch loves the dump truck that Chase received for Christmas. We just gifted it to our nephew as well! Please share how you keep your social calendar full without feeling overwhelmed. I feel like I’m always running from one place to the next!


  3. Lindsey says

    I live in Jacksonville! I hope you guys are ready for a warm Christmas! The last time I looked the high was going to be 79 here on Christmas! ☀️


  4. says

    Love reading day in the life posts!!! Such a busy time of year… I can’t even imagine having a little kiddo to chase after right now. Chase is such a darling little boy!


  5. says

    Love your workouts! Every time you post one I’m reminded of when I FIRST started strength training almost 4 years ago. I remember being in the gym during my internship doing the HOT HOT HOT workout and thinking I was going to die die die. Fast forward now I’m an RD, a trainer, and write my own blog. Thanks always for the inspiration!


  6. Abbey says

    We have a pug and when his lips get stuck on his teeth like that we call them Grandpa Lips 🙂 I don’t know where it came from but it’s hilarious when it happens!


  7. Kim from MN says

    Ha ha, I always remember that Tuesdays aren’t your favorites, so I’m glad you’re having a good one, and feeling better! I always look forward to your Christmas recap after Christmas where you chat up your family’s traditions/rituals, because it extends the holidays for me (I’m kind of a sucker for everybody’s Christmas stories. I’m an equal opportunity Christmas-story-collector!)

    Enjoy these posts! Yesterday, while out shopping, I saw an ENORMOUS mini muffin maker at Target (it was like, a double-sized tray), and I thought of whipping up a ton of your whole wheat pumpkin muffins in that thing! I didn’t buy it, but I DID get the goods to make the muffins! Happy holidays!


  8. Brittany says

    I LOVE Pentatonix. Their version of “Mary Did You Know” is one of my favorite Christmas songs.

    I am glad you are feeling better. I came down with a cold last Thursday but luckily I am feeling better as well. Nobody wants to be sick for Christmas!


  9. Lisa says

    Props for being so organized for your trip (safe travels). Whole Foods pizza is the best. I am in love with their pepperoni. They are building a Whole Foods five minutes away from my house and I can’t wait until it it done. The current one I go to is 15-20 minutes away.


  10. Janet Pole says

    The gift tetris comment cracked me up as I always have to play trunk tetris!!


    (we are home bound as I am in plaster from to to hip! … I misjudged a step down and well, oooops)

    love, Janet and Kevin


  11. Christine says

    Your box of gifts looks like our current situation at home! We are gearing up for a 14-hour overnight drive tonight and I boxed up all the gifts/stockings for easy transport! Hoping the 14 hours pass fast since we’ll have a 2 year old in tow – gah! Safe travels to Jacksonville!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *