God is so good!
As for the holiday ramblings....
Well, Christmas has passed and a new year is just on the other side of tomorrow...Where the heck did the old year go???? I feel like I must have fallen asleep and missed something. However curious it may be, it's true....just two more days left of 2009! And I'm so very excited about our plans for New Years eve.
My girls and I are having a little "80's theme" slumber party with my friend Terra and one of my oldest daughter's friends. Yes, an 80's party!!! Complete with side ponies, bright, plastic jewelry and pegged pants. We're still not sure about the movie for the night so if you have any suggestions, do share! We've seen movies like Labyrinth and Goonies a million times so they won't do, but we're thinking maybe Hairspray, E.T or something??? Did E.T. end well? I can't remember. Anyway, I'll also be looking over the board game section at the local thrift store for Girl Talk. That was a must-play at all of the slumber parties I ever went to in the 80's.
Anyway, we had a very nice Christmas and I hope you did as well. As I mentioned in my last post, Christmas eve was a bit different this year for us. We usually make the drive in the evening to my mother-in-law's house about an hour and a half away, but due to my father-in-law's recent heart attack, icy roads, and a long work day for some, we stayed home. It just didn't feel quite right. But we did have a fun, albeit a rambuctious, evening with the kids.
My husband and I were still able to enjoy our own little Christmas tradition. The one where we wait up so we can put the last of the gifts under the tree, only he falls asleep in his chair and I do it alone... that one stayed the same, so I was comforted by the familiarity of it.
...and Christmas day was quiet but nice. My husband's former step-dad is still close to our family and spent the afternoon with us, then we finished it off with our traditional dinner at the Oriental Garden (A Chinese buffet).
We celebrated Christmas with my husband's family the following Sunday. As always, it was a cozy evening, full of food and laughter. My mother-in-law always decorates her home so beautifully. Years of Christmas decor that she's collected over the years fill each room.
Here are a few pics of Christmas over the weekend....We'll chat again soon! ~Jen
It was a little early for my oldest.
My youngest daughter gets her Capucine T-shirt.
Kye is in wrapping paper heaven!
My son- I don't know how he wears shorts around the house in the winter!
The Sunday After Christmas...
Arriving at my in-laws...
My mother-in-law w/ my son and niece
Husband, daughter, brother-in-law...watchin' the game.
Love this pic! My sis.-in-law w/ nephew...
My father-in-law...(and the blur is my nephew)