While at the rental car counter, Mr. Mixologist get's the bright idea that we can rent the Fiat 500 that caught his attention when we pulled up. I was trying to veto it because, I knew we had gifts AND luggage, but I let him have his way........lets just say it took him over an hour to figure out how to get everything loaded in the car ! It was pure comedy to me & lots of language I won't post on here, LOL He was super frustrated and admitted that it was his fault & that he had gotten caught up in the novelty of the car, but in the end, he made it happen. The good part was that we did get great gas mileage, and it was more comfortable than expected and we truly enjoyed the ride. Of course the little ones loved it too !
|This is the car we drove a total of 17 hours in !|
On Sunday before Christmas, we worshiped at the church where my BIL is the Pastor with our family. It was great to see the kids perform in the Christmas program. My sister wrote the Christmas play and all three of the kids got to show their acting chops. It was great to see them so excited to participate. My niece surprised us all with her Clarinet skills. She did a solo accompanied by a drummer.
|We were surprised to hear my niece play her instrument so well !|
|Look whose one of the wise men !|
Our Christmas dinner is a small affair with just the immediate family & we get together with other family later in the day. My mother and I did all the cooking together. We had Cornish Hens, Dressing, Gravy, Green Beans, Macaroni & Cheese, Greens, Coleslaw and Yeast Rolls. I even made a Sweet Potato Pecan Pie for the first time and it was a hit.
|My pie fresh from the oven|
The surprise on Christmas morning was that we had a white Christmas ! Big heavy snowflakes started falling around 7 AM & kept accumulating until the ground was covered. The kids of course were super excited as they were already hyped up about all the presents under the tree !
|Before opening gifts|
My nieces and nephews have fallen in love my my parents new dog since they got it a couple of months ago. They have bought outfits for the dog, they fight over who is going to take the dog outside, LOL, it is cute to watch and see how they have bonded with the dog. Watching them has even helped me with some of my dog anxiety, LOL.
|They dressed her like Mrs Claus|
The last gift they opened from Santa was a bone, it took them a few minutes to figure out the big surprise is that they are getting a new dog of their own, a Boxer that is currently still in the womb. It will be born by the end of January. This was their reaction when they figured it out......
|Yes it was dramatic but it was funny ! They were screaming !|
I love the laziness of Christmas Day, opening gifts, calling your family and friends, having coffee, finishing up the big dinner and watching the men play with the kids and their toys.....
|They played this game for quite a while|
After dinner we loaded up the little ones and
|My love keeping us safe behind the wheel of the Fiat ! LOL|
The biggest surprise of Christmas day came from my cousin and his wife. This is the gift they gave to both of their parents.....
|Manifestation of God's Grace|
The reason this is such a Christmas blessing is that they have been married for 15 years and dealt with infertility for all of that time. They adopted two daughters who are now 8 and 4. She is 39 and he is 41. To say we were surprised would truly be an understatement. We were all just stunned. We watched the video of when my Aunt and her mother opened up their boxes that morning and it was hilarious. I could.not.stop.crying or smiling the entire day !
Reluctantly, we hit the road early the day after so that we could deal with the icy roads. Mr Mixologist had to remove the ice from the windows AND the locks (we couldn't even unlock the doors) it was so cold. Though I will miss my family, I was somewhat glad to head back to south Texas where we don't have real winter LOL
|Too cold for comfort !|
All in all it was another blessed Christmas that I am so very thankful for.
How was your holiday ? Did you travel or have visitors ?
Any plans for NYE ? Are you ready for the New Year ?
Thoughts ? Comments ? Questions ?