Monday, December 29, 2008

Catching up...

Oh wow, do I feel like a slacker or what? I haven't blogged in 5 days, but even though I haven't posted in awhile I have been busy thinking of all the things I want to discuss before the new year.

First and foremost, my Christmas wrap-up.

As you all know we celebrated part of our Christmas last weekend due to work schedules. We had a wonderful time visiting with Michael's family as well as visiting my stepsister and her new baby. Michael's mom usually cooks, but she recently had surgery on her varicose veins and didn't really feel up to it so we ended up going out to eat at one of my favorite restaurants Bell Buckle Cafe which has amazing country food complete with entertainment from a local bluegrass band. The next day we went to visit my new nephew who was so adorable.

Michael had to work Christmas Eve, but I spent my time busily getting things ready for Christmas dinner. I also watched bits and pieces of The Christmas Story about 10 times since it was on marathon. The next day my dad and sister drove up to spend the weekend with us. It was awesome. I had a chance to use all of my fun entertainment stuff from my wedding as well as try out some recipes. The menu consisted of Shrimp Dip, Prime Rib Roast w/ Au Jus (which dad handled making), Sauteed Mushrooms, Sweet Potato Casserole with Caramel topping, Mashed Potatoes, Curried Fruit, Saddle Salad, Homemade Dinner Rolls with Orange Butter, and Tiramisu Toffee Trifle Pie.

After dinner we promptly proceeded to the living room to unwrap all the presents under the tree.

I think everyone enjoyed their Christmas gifts and as always, I couldn't resist taking a picture of the aftermath.

The next day we had pajama day and pretty much watched movies on AMC all day. That night we actually got out of the house and say The Curious Case of Benjamin Button which is awesome by the way. Definitely worth 10 bucks.

Now it is time to move on and get ready for the New Year. I don't know what it is, but as soon as Christmas is over I feel like it is time to rip down all the decorations and concentrate on starting anew. I love Christmas...until the day after. Maybe it's because I'm sad that it's over, or maybe because I'm excited to start something new, or just maybe I start feeling claustrophobic with all the decorations out. Anyways, the mantel and table were stripped of their decorations last night and the tree will be disposed of tonight. much better.


  1. Wow that looks like a feast!! How yummy! And I totally feel ya on the decorations. I'm totally dreading taking everything down. It's going to take me hours....Sigh...

  2. Aww lovely table arrangements!!!!!

    Your baby nephew is soo cute which makes me want to have another one (just kidding! but not kidding about your nephew - he's adorable!)


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