I'm dreaming of a White Christmas
Just like the one's I used to know...
The tree tops were glistening, but the roads were bad, so bad that my oldest brother Tony and his family turned around after sitting in traffic for a half hour without going anywhere. Sadly they spent Christmas Eve at home.
My brother Jeff has strep so he and Emma stayed home too.
They were all really missed. It was the first time we have ever had snow related absence.
The luminaria were lit and we waited for the rest of our family to arrive.
|I have to mention this shirt. I found it at the thrift. It is covered in fishing flies. I don't think this man has ever fished, but it was a quality shirt by Ralph Lauren and my guy loves it.|
We had a great Christmas Eve. All the cousins from St Louis came, so a certain girl named Penny was so very happy. All my kids except Amanda were with us, Amanda went home to the UP with a tray of cookies from my kitchen. Charlotte took home a tray on Christmas day to her family in Indiana. My cookies get around. Favorite moment, when my great niece saw me eyeing one of her gifts as we played the stealing round of a game we play..."Auntie Penny, you've known me all of my life! You can't steal from me!" We all had a good laugh, and no..I did not steal from her.
On Christmas Day we hosted a brunch for Kristen's good friend Lizz and her family. They have two beautiful boys, one is Penny's good friend Guy and the above mentioned Henry, sweet little baby. Jacob, Lizz's husband, and his parents from Kentucky joined us and also his sweet sister. I had prepared a casserole earlier in the week that I froze and baked in the morning. I made scrambled eggs and bacon, hash browns, fruit salad and bagels and muffins with orange marmalade. I also put on a pot of chicken soup, since our dinner on Christmas day is casual soup and whatever is left over from Christmas Eve. (We had plenty, a large lasagna and chicken) We had a nice visit, a comfortable afternoon with lovely people cozy under throws and even a nap or two.
Later after our friends went back to the city, Elizabeth and Greg and the boys came for dinner. Jon and Charlotte were in Indiana, Tracy and Tyler and the girls were on their way home. Just the closest family together for a quiet evening.
I can't believe I pulled it off. I had some (a lot) of anxiety about three separate meals in a short period of time, but it all worked. Cookies and fruitcake for dessert, a pot of coffee on, and the warmth of family and friends filled the house.
On to the new year and I ask, as I do every year past the year 2000...WHERE'S MY FLYING CAR?
Happy Year dear friends. Enjoy this beautiful day.