I enjoyed having a whole Christmas weekend this year! Because of our Sunday/25th plans, I was working ahead the previous week. On Tuesday when Phil suggested we inventory our gifts, I said I’d wrap with his help at the same time. Wrapping was done on Tuesday!
Once I was home mid-afternoon on Thursday (from swim & errands), I cleaned the house to the point that we’d only need to do quick swipes on the weekend. Friday was my side dishes cooking day (mashed pots, butternut squash, green bean dish (no carb casserole), and marinated vegetables) and Saturday was my dessert & breads cooking day (homemade crescent rolls, cinnamon rolls, peach berry pie, and apple pie). Both days worked well!! 🙂
I was THRILLED when K called at 1:40 on Saturday that she was nearing the toll road for home! The business was open until 4 but in a Christmas miracle (from the Jewish boss) she was allowed to leave that early. JOY!! She was home at 4, we unloaded her, and then all of us together went to church. I don’t know when it was that the 4 of us rode together someplace. JP was off of music duty for the weekend.
Sunday was leisurely (joy of adult kids). I got the turkey in the oven and then we opened gifts.
K got an assortment of small gifts: hat blocks, I-tunes card, design & inspiration books while JP got a joystick for his IPod Touch and a very cool leather motorcycle jacket!! (Nina got a new rope with balls attached. She likes it but only if someone plays with her.)
Phil chose a new TV antenna and I picked out the AccuQuilt cutting system. We both added other surprise gifts for each other.
Dinner was scheduled for 1:00 with Phil’s parents, his maternal uncle & aunt, cousin, wife, and 2 toddlers. What fun we had! K was in charge of decorating the tables and she knocked it out of the ball park! I was thrilled and have the leftovers to still enjoy. 🙂 We had a buffet table in the kitchen that was also decorated. (of course, it was even better with the candles lit)
After eating, Phil brought a 2-day old pig up for the cousins to see.
And then the 3 yr old (older one) entertained us with an on-the-spot story about his new pirate ship. What a gem!!
I’m a newbie at videos so I’m sorry you have to tilt your head. 😀
Phil’s uncle is the orchid expert and brought me a new variety to add to my collection. I now have 4 different kinds!! 🙂 They all bloom at different times so that spreads the fun over nearly the whole year now.
From looking in the gigantic orchid book they also brought me, I think the new plant is Oncidium Alliance but there are a few others that look sort of like it too. This is the end of its blooming time and I didn’t get a photo of the blooms first. The plant had 3 large sprays of mini blooms in light lavender w/ yellow centers. Each bloom was only like the tip of my pinky finger. Mini!
Again thankful that K had Monday off, we enjoyed us being here Sunday evening. K & I made 3 kinds of soup on Monday and froze most of it in flat bags for her to take home. We made Wisconsin Cheddar, French Onion, and Cream of Zucchini. All were so yummy!!
I’ve spent this inbetween week finishing some quilts, continuing on others, and starting some others! I’ll keep you posted! For now, it is time for another wonderful weekend with both kids. ♥