January 5, 2012

Memories of Christmas Past and back to work

We are very fortunate where I work to get an entire TWO weeks vacation around Christmas and New Years.  I took a break from blogging to spend some much needed time with my hubby and family.

We had a wonderful time at each of our family gatherings and get togethers as well as received some wonderful gifts.

Although for me it began with a minor dental surgery that left me unable to eat anything for around 10 days, it probably helped my waistline bypass a lot of the food I would have eaten.  I did make some things to fatten up everyone else.

Peanut butter cookies with mini Reese cups

Yummy peanut butter crackers dipped in white chocolate

Then I put up the tree and spent hours wrapping gifts.

Diesel wanted his picture in front of the tree.  He was totally posing.

In honor of Sheila, here are our "my" deer in their santa hats.  All of them like to wear 'em every year.  I sooo wanted to buy the camo ones with orange trim but couldn't see paying $75 for more santa hats for 7 deer. 

I did however splurge for 3 camo stockings.  ; )

We first had a great dinner at my grandmothers house on Christmas Eve and then went home to exchange gifts with each other and, of course Diesel.

Hubby gave me a Kindle Fire.  I LOVE it! 

I gave him his first laptop. 

Hubby also got me the Shark Steam Mop.  I put on the yellow shirt to match the woman on the box.  Just kidding.....really.
Now I'm addicted to mopping.  I'm constantly wanting to mop. Its so much fun!  The infomercials are so true with this one. : )

Diesel was thrilled when he opened his stocking to find BONES
in all sizes shapes and flavors. 

Christmas Eve was my parents 41st Anniversary. 
Yeah, they got married when they were 5. ; )

My mom is sew (sorry, couldn't resist) talented.  She can sew, crochet, or knit anything.  She is also learning how to make her own yarn.  She made me this beautiful poncho type sweater from Alpaca (which is very expensive) and other yarns.  It also has two cotton roses stitched on.  Believe me, the picture does NOT do it justice.  It is gorgeous and warm.

She also made me this awesome vest.  I had a brown/yellow one she made (and I hijacked) before and now I have a white one!  I just adore it as well. 
I can't wait to wear them (for more than a few seconds).

I gave the greatest gifts ever.  Garlic Gold for everyone!

My first batch of wine!  I waited over three months to bottle and give it away.  I'm not sure if anyone has tasted it yet (they are probably a little scared) but, I made it and its Mulberry!
Dad looks a little surprised in this picture, or maybe scared. 

My parents gave us so many great gifts, one of which was a Keurig coffee maker. 
Now I'm hooked on Cafe Mocha.

Christmas Dinner was spent with hubby's family at my brother and sister-in-law's house.  She is a fabulous cook and prepared a gourmet Italian meal. Mmmm....

My niece is adorable.  At the time was fixated on the TV before dinner.

After gift opening she was super excited.   

My brother and his girlfriend (hope to someday to be sister-in-law) came over after Christmas because they were out of town.  We did more gift giving. 

I finally got a Trader Joe's tote.  The closest one from us is over two hours away (sigh).  But, she was sweet enough to get me a bag and some yummy coffee cake. 
I can't wait to try.

I am so fortunate to have such a large, caring family.  We all live close together and can enjoy the Holiday's together.   I hope everyone else had a great time as well. 

Happy 2012! 


Mike Thornhill Photography said...

In case you weren't aware, there's now a Trader Joe's you can get to in less than two hours (MUCH less, the way you drive): Woodruff Rd in Greenville (next to Academy Outdoors and just up from Costco and Greenville Mall).

Rachael West said...

Looks like you all had a wonderful time, I love my Keurig!

Sheila said...

wow - looks like lot's of fun! And LOVE the sweater/poncho thing your mom made you!
And i am SOOO SUPER jealous of the kindle fire! I want want want!! Here's something fun: I got browning "buck" earrings for Christmas! Flipping LOVE them!!!

Joan said...

Hate that picture of me, hope that's not how I really look.