We really had a sweet Christmas - even after all the drama of my father's fall. We had Drew's parents here as well as one of his sister in for the weekend. Friday morning my mother-in-law and I got most of the cooking done. Friday afternoon we just stayed around the house - played games - just enjoyed being together.
After an enjoyable Christmas Eve church service, we came home for a great meal. Sonny & Mary Estelle brought one of our favorite pasta dishes - we all fell in love with this dish in earlier in the fall. It has just about every thing in -I'm afraid to add up how many calories it has....but it's so worth it! It has sausage, shrimp, crab, Alfredo sauce, rotel....just such goodness! After dinner we finally put the kids' out of their misery and opened presents. I think everyone enjoyed their gifts. All the kids got rockets, so I'm sure by week's end we'll be blasting them off. We ended the night with our tradition of going to look at holiday lights.
One surprise for us this year is that we won the neighborhood's Christmas lights contest!! We were so surprised!! I came home from the hospital last Tuesday with my mother and brother and wondered what sign was in my yard. When we got close enough, I could see it said first place - wow!!! $50 VISA card was our reward!! I need to make sure I get a picture of the house - We really didn't think it was worthy of the win. We (well - Drew, really) out-lined the front of the house with the icicle lights. Simple but, makes a statement, I guess (and it helps that not too many other's decorated their house!!)
Saturday the kids received their big gifts and stockings. William got a remote-control helicopter (that Drew broke upon the 3rd flight), Melissa got a sewing machine (she's ready to start a project!), and Ben a soccer net. For dinner we had three of Drew 's co-workers join us. They seemed to have a good time - I hope so. All are active-duty with the Air Force - I know how hard it is to be away from family. They were all good sports and played "Apples to Apples" and "Catch-Phrase" with us.
Sunday we packed up - Charlotte headed back to Texas, and the rest of us went to my parents' house. The original plan was for my family to join us here at our house, but after Dad's fall we all thought it was best for him not to travel. But still. We had a nice time. I love having everyone together. I hope my kids realize how lucky they are to have all four grandparents in the same room.
Late Sunday afternoon my dear childhood friend, Janean, came over for a visit. After knowing each other for over thirty-five years, we still laugh! Even if she did beat me in Scrabble - which if you know me - that's not hard to do!
Such sweet times!