Thursday, January 3, 2013

Farewell to the Holidays

Didn't we just put up our tree and decorate for Christmas?  I'm always shocked when it suddenly hits me - the holidays are OVER!  All that time and energy spent to make wonderful memories seems to be history in a matter of seconds.  Well, I guess that's what pictures are for...

Evan and Mattie opened their Christmas Eve gift to set the tone for Christmas Day.  Christmas themed pajamas, movies and books were received this year.  Because Home Alone was such a hit the weeks leading up to Christmas Eve, it seemed appropriate that we watch Home Alone 2 before the kids went to bed.  They got two bonus movies as well (Home Alone 3 & 4 - I didn't even know those existed).

Christmas morning came early, around 6:15ish.  My eyes were burning and my head pounding from lack of sleep, but it was my duty to help "Santa" assemble toys and get them under the tree before morning.  I should add that "Santa" wasn't feeling too swift either.  The kids however were feeling great and extremely excited to see what Santa had left them.

Both kids ripped through their gifts, allowing just of enough time for a quick glimpse before they moved on to the next one.  When it was all over, everyone found a comfortable spot to relax to rest their eyes a bit before it was time to prepare our Christmas feast.

Robert did an amazing job with the prime rib and my mom served up her holiday specialties - spinach salad, Irish potatoes, oyster casserole and Nellie's pie for dessert.  I outdid myself with buttered corn as a side dish :)  But I did serve some delicious sausage roll-ups for breakfast - I'm not completely useless in the kitchen.

Uncle Todd and his...wait for it...fiance, Barnes spent the Holiday with us as well.  The newly engaged couple will have a very special Christmas of their own next year when they welcome Baby Olivia to the family.

It was indeed a Merry Christmas and it's starting out as a Happy New Year too!  

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