Christmas this year was very quiet and very nice. A bit odd to remember years with lots of kids, our own, filled with all the hopes and dreams of Santa. But it is what it is. So for my own personal records, here's a fast rundown.
So did my mom. I was never any good at it. But Connie Greene is...amazingly so. She calls her recipe Love Knots because that really is what they are. They are made with love, rolled out as thin as can be with love, powdered sugar with love after being fried. I had called her one day before Christmas because I could not find my recipe from my Polish grandmother. Connie said she couldn't find hers either but then she kept up the hunt, found the recipe in her attic and presented it to me in this wonderful gold frame. Now this will sit in my kitchen, a wonderful reminder of a dear friend and a long gone grandmother. And I am determined that in 2014 I will get to be an expert at this.
Connie's daughter Holly gave me this adorable tree ornament of a reindeer crooning I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas but sadly I have already boxed it up for next year. She also gave Robert the ultimate tie dyed teeshirt with a VW on it. Holly is a good friend and on the 28th (which is actually today) will turn 40 and we are joining her family to help celebrate by seeing the new movie, Saving Mr. Banks.
Christmas Eve arrived. We started the late afternoon by attending a soup dinner at the Tonkinson home, with some other empty nesters. It was such a lovely party and everything and everyone was warm and welcoming. From there we headed to Marissa and Hank's....grateful we are close enough do this. The plan was to start early, put the kids to bed and awaken them before midnight and then let them go back to sleep and we'd be home by midnight...oh the best laid plans!
Do you see this drink box in Henry's hand/mouth? I think this was the start of what for quite a few minutes would create a HUGE PROBLEM. We had just started to open the gifts when suddenly Henry started to vomit. Robert said it was like Niagra Falls and that's the truth. Marissa took a flying leap to get out of the room, Robert backed up, I raced to move some gifts out of the way which was not possible. Hank grabbed whatever to catch, clean up, move. We got Henry calm enough and empty enough to be able to hand him over to Marissa for a bath while we continued to clean up the rug, the floor, the gifts...whatever. Hank tossed in a wash load and we continued.
Grateful I was that Hank remembered to open the door for the Christ child to walk through their home...but the funny part was that it was MIDNIGHT. This is when we were supposed to do it but we had figured we would end up doing it early because of the planned scheduled for these 2 wee ones. Instead, Henry's minutes of being sick, our very long minutes of cleaning up, put us at the exact moment. Hank opened their backdoor, Marissa the front. I am so grateful that the tradition my grandmother started continued
We came on home, really too tired to do anything but fall into bed. We opened our gifts slowly throughout the day.
We are both so happy and so grateful....plus we have been Spooning since 1972 and I am glad we got one of these, too
Hillary skyped with us in the morning and we were able to watch Ron and Lily bounce so happily in their new trampoline.
gift card so we can enjoy Ruby Tuesday on them.
This is the red jacket Cara sent me and I wore yesterday when we went to dinner at Ed Cerino's Casual Italian restaurant in Lakewood. Ed's grandmother is the Cleveland famous Carrie Cerino and as a child we often ate at her place in North Royalton. Robert also got a warm over shirt to wear in blue corduroy.
Robert gave me 2 very warm sweaters and this Croquet set. Now to will the weather to warm up faster this winter/spring and for friends or family to come play. I have him a Dell Venue 8 Tablet because his eyes are getting too old to read things on the iPhone anymore. Besides he needs to be able to keep current with technology.
Christmas Day dinner was here with M2T2 and it was quiet as well...but always wonderful to have family near enough to join. The decorations were removed but since I only put up the tree and all the mangers the task of taking it down was very easy and quickly accomplished.
I love Christmas. I actually made cookies this year and wondered why I don't make these kinds all year long. I guess that would be a great resolve for 2014 because Robert does enjoy his sweets. My seasonal asthma took over and I lost my voice on the 22nd. The coughing makes me want to collapse and I have been quite tired. Hopefully this will end in about 6 weeks. We had hoped that the Christensens would make it here after Christmas as they had said but the kids started getting ill yesterday and so that visit has been cancelled.