Sunday, December 27, 2009

Sunday After Christmas

It's 2 days after Christmas and my cousins Jamie and Mandy are here w/ their two girls, Ella (age 8) and Ruthie (age 4). We've had a great day with them. Clark is on his way w/ Anita and Eva, probably about an hour before they arrive.

Here are my cranberry almond tarts I made for Christmas dinner. Yum! yum! And above you see the wheat crescent rolls I made instead of Mom. I know they look great, but Mom's are a lot better. I had a lot of trouble with them. But they DID taste great!

Christmas afternoon we went down to Lake Park to see the Cowarts again. Here are John and Susan opening our gift.

Then my Jenny got there! Isn't she gorgeous? I love her so much.

Jenny got Hannah a gingerbread man decorating kit. She had fun making them while Poppa looked on.

Saturday, Evelyn gave me and Hannah hour-long massages. Oooohhh, it was so nice. She's a licensed massage therapist in north GA. Big Mama wanted a picture with Evelyn before she left for home.

Here's a shot of Ella giving Dad his flu shot. Ella wants to be a doctor when she grows up, which we all believe she will. It didn't really hurt that much.

Here's Ruthie! Ruthie is a hoot and a half. She says her favorite thing to do is "to play and never never have to clean up."

Jenna loves Ella and Ruthie! And they love her!

My bella Ella told me all about her Christmas morning while I clicked away with my new camera.

Hannah and Megan pushed Ruthie on the tire swing. She loved it.

Then, Aunt Jenny arrived with Eli to take Hannah and Megan to Wild Adventures Amusement Park. Eli is 4. He loved the firetruck we got him.

After they left, I asked the girls if they wanted a story. They LOVE stories. So, we began reading a very long version of "Beauty and the Beast."

Ruthie was so cute, snuggled against my shoulder. I was amazed that a four-year-old would be so quiet and attentive for so long! Then I heard a faint snore. I looked down, and saw her prone body, fast asleep. Photos, courtesy Jenna Lee.

Well that's all for now! I hope you all had a great Christmas with your family. We return to Texas early Tuesday morning.
Good night!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Unto Us A Child Is Born

We're at Mom and Dad's for Christmas: Jenna arrives in Tallahassee at 5pm, and Clark comes w/ Anita and Eva on the 27th. This is a small gathering today. Aunt Evelyn's here, so there were 6 of us for Christmas dinner.

We started off the morning with the traditional reading of The Christmas Story from Luke chapter 2. Hannah read, and did a great job.

Then we opened gifts! Ha ha ha, we weren't supposed to do gifts this year, but we did. Everyone was happy.

This is a gorgeous card Evelyn made and I just had to include a photo of it.

Then, we got down to business! I made omelets and Dad cooked bacon for breakfast.

Here's the oregano from Mom's garden and chopped tomatoes.

It was as delicious as it looks. Yum!!

Mom made cranberry relish for the meat.

Dad worked on infusing the turkey with some Cajun sauce he bought.
More pictures to follow later! We're off to the Cowarts to celebrate with them.
Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve 2009

Hi all, from south Georgia. This was taken from my inlaws' backyard at sunset, Christmas Eve Eve. They live right on a lake, and the sunset was pretty awesome. I got the new Canon EOS 7D for Christmas from my darling husband, and was thrilled to try it out! This was taken with an ISO of 6400. Hooah!

Here's Hannah with Granny Roughen. We haven't seen her in two years. Well, I haven't. It was lovely to see her and Poppa for a day. They live in Savannah.

Here's Mom and Dad's house at night, all lit up for Christmas!

Today, I made Smitten Kitchen's amazing tomato and corn pie (I've blogged about it previously). Again, I got to use my new camera. Pretty awesome!

And Hannah and Megan made this gorgeous pumpkin all by themselves. Can't wait to cut into it tomorrow after Christmas dinner.
Merry Christmas, everyone!

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