Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
It's possible I may become the worst mom ever for taking these and posting them! But, I don't care. This is my happiness.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Christmas carried on in its usual hustle and bustle. We began the festivities at our traditional Christmas Eve dinner at mom and dad's. This is the third year that Justin has been wowing the family with the main meat course. Yet again he did not disappoint. He smoked a crown pork roast in our Big Green Egg with cedar and topped it with an apple, bourbon cranberry sauce. SO good. He also served up a side of mushroom risotto with a white wine smoked cheddar mix. I am so proud of you hunny buns. Amber brought one of my favorites, green bean casserole. Mom did a really good poppy seed salad, Jen brought delicious rolls and Kathy did her secret recipe rum cake. My hilarious brother showed up dressed as Eddie from National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. After dinner we had total chaos as the seven grandchildren opened gifts. It was a mess of paper and giggles and we loved every minute of it!
The evening ended a little short as Justin had a cut on his cornea (he spent the morning in Instacare and still managed to cook up the yummiest dinner. He gets my hubby of the year award!) and was in a lot of pain. My sweet little baby niece was struggling with a little cold, and Jen was still suffering from a bad asthma attack from the night before. The good news is that we had our little kiddies all tucked in their beds by 9:00! Fearing that Alex would wake with his "traditional" stomach flu (he's thrown up the last two years due to the excitement of it all), I was happy when I checked in on them again at 9:30 and they were both dreaming of sugarplum fairies. I stayed up late cleaning the house and preparing breakfast for the next morning and maybe ;) wrapping a few presents.
Christmas morning we awoke to the phone. It was nan & Beep asking if we were up because they were on their way! While little miss Sieauna had gotten up at 6:00 to tell us Santa came, we (mean parents) made her go back to sleep (or at least lie in her bed) until Alex woke up. He woke around 8:00 and we patiently waited for nan & Beep to arrive. Santa brought DS's for the kids. Nan & Beep brought a Wii fit and some Wii games. Mommy got gift certificates for a pedicure/manicure and a massage, daddy got a keg system from mommy, and lots of little things. Breakfast was yummy (I made a sausage strata) and then the grandparents left to get ready at their house for Christmas dinner.
We headed to their house around 1:00, relaxed and exchanged gifts until my parents and Justin's sister and her kids came over and we had Christmas dinner. Kathy's famous clam chowder, meat assortments, deviled eggs, key lime cheesecake, chocolate creme pie, just to name a few. It was all so good. We played Raving Rabbids all afternoon and called it a night around 8:00, just in time to make it home before the snowfall.
Phew! Now you know what happened to us this year. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!
Monday, December 22, 2008
Ahhhh, traditions. Once again we had a great time at mom and dads making our polish pierogi. Each year as the kids get older, they participate more and it becomes funner to them. This year Alex got to roll out a batch of dough! My brothers have finally mastered the perfect dough and I had to ask dad if it was hard to give up control and the dough master title. Amber showed us how to make the ultimate perfect pierogi and the smaller girls made tons of random "concoctions" which we were surprised to eat later. Jeremy made up a new "polish pot pie" and my contribution was adding some crab and cheese into the mix. Hello!!!! They turned out so yummy!! I also had some quality bonding time with my new little niece. She loved to fall asleep on me and I loved to hold her while she did it! She's such a love bug. Justin had fun being uncle of the year playing with all his nieces and nephews. They adore him. We had a great time and it's the perfect way to officially start the Christmas festivities. Thanks mom & dad!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
But hey, it could have been worse!
Saturday, December 13, 2008
One heck of a cookie decorating party! My awesome friends Wendee and Nicole hosted their 1st Annual Cookie Decorating Party. And they even made it a "nut free" zone for us! We were so excited to attend as this is something we normally don't get to participate in with Sieauna's allergies. Lots of ooober yummy homemade cream cheese frosting and sugar cookies, sprinkles and more than a dozen kids under 10 assured a fun filled crazy messy time. Thanks guys, for making it great. Can't wait until next year.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
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Check out the book for details on our AMAZING Christmas vacation.
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