Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas 2011 Recap

Hi Friends!  Happy Week-After-Christmas :)  Have you recovered from all of your events?  We are still in recovery mode in our house, but I'm sure it will all get taken care of by New Years (well, at least that's the plan)

We had a good Christmas weekend.  This year I hosted Christmas Eve with my family.  When my great-grandmother was alive we would always go to her house Christmas Eve and celebrate.  We have tried to carry on the tradition and this year it was my turn.
Here is my mom and her siblings (minus one)...Uncle James, Aunt Tammy & Aunt Roni
My cousin Shanette (on the right) and her niece Nikea.  Shanette has hosted the last few years, but recently had a baby & was not up for hosting (I'm sure we can all relate to that!).
Here are Shanette's husband Tim, my mom, & my cousin James (Shanette's brother).  Tim LOVES my mom's deviled eggs so she made some just for him and then gave him an OSU deviled egg carrier.
We had lots of yummy food, including the wonderful ham sandwiches on Hawaiian rolls (I have mentioned these a time or two on the blog).  I actually got this idea from Shanette when she had them at her house last year...so tasty.

It was such a nice gathering and I can't wait to do it again next year!

The next morning we all slept until 8:00!!!!  We actually had to wake up Caleb.  I guess that's what happens when you stay up super late the night before.

One of the first gifts handed out was from Jamison to my mom.  She had written a report about her & why she loves her.  I'm sorry I do not have a picture of the report because it is so beautiful...well written, with a picture that Jamison drew of my mom, & it was laminated by her teacher.

While this picture is blurry it actually really does represent what my kids looked like all day...moving around from gift to gift at lightening speed.
My mom gave Rondell a hilarious shirt:
After gifts my mom made our traditional Christmas breakfast...french toast, eggs, bacon & fried potatoes.
Check out the new skillet that my mom gave me!
French toast is just not complete for me unless it is topped with Karo syrup...just like my great-grandmother always had.
A precious moment...Rondell teaching Jamison chess.  She wanted a chess set for Christmas so that she could learn how to play.
I was supposed to make dinner on Christmas, but we ended up just snacking all day on leftovers from Christmas Eve.  I also munched on these...pistachios...with no shells!  Thanks mom :)

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and that you were all able to savor your families :)


Hershey's Moma {amy} said...

Jamison's written report for your mom is precious. Precious. And she is wearing the same jammies my mom gave little miss for Christmas this year. They're twins now... ;) (miss wants me to tell you she loves the jammies and wonders if Jamison thinks they are the softest ones she's ever worn!)
LOL; my husband needs Rondell's shirt. Where can I get one??

carissa at lowercase letters said...

your breakfast sounds delish! and what a cute idea of a report on grandma. how adorabl. i know she'll cherish that forever. happy to hear you had an enjoyable celebration!!!

He & Me + 3 said...

Omgosh! I would love to read that report. I can tell from the emotion on your mom's face it blessed her heart. That is the best gift a person can give. Love the shirt too. I should get that one for my brother. Nice skillet. I am sure plenty of good meals will come from that :) Happy New year.

Brooke said...

What a fantastic day!! Our photos are blurry too :D

Tamara said...

I love the idea of a group breakfast, the fried potatoes are yum to be sure.
I'm so sorry Xmas is over, had so many laughs and teasing from my cousins and nephews in the kitchen and on Miami Beach.
Loved my new Tracfone SVC and phone cards.
Now I've got to round up my girlfriends for moral support to get into the dieting mode. I guess I'll start going for a walk every day and eating salads.
What are you guys doing on Old years eve?