Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas 2011

It was so nice to have the weekend free of work.  It was a great time to be able to visit with friends and family for the Christmas season.  Saturday morning I went and picked up my brothers and sister and we drove down to visit our Aunt and Uncle.  My cousin Stephanie and her family were up for a visit too, so it was really nice to get to visit with them too.  I got to hold baby Natalie while she napped.  She is soooooooooooo cute.  It was an enjoyable time to laugh, catch up on what's been happening in life, and just relax. 

After the visit, we headed back home, I dropped off my siblings, and then headed out to my cousin's house for more visiting and dinner.  Chicken sushi rolls are something I can enjoy. Yum.  We watched some classic Christmas shows, sang some Christmas songs, and I was treated to Chase's replay of Gold Rush or Bust.  (a play I missed recently).  I was greatly entertained.  While we visited we checked in with NORAD to track Santa's progress.  As he got closer and closer to the west coast the hour got later and later.  Soon it was time for family prayer and time for me to head home.

I was up early on Christmas morning.  No, it wasn't in anticipation of what Santa had dropped off at my house, but in preparation to drive out to Elk Grove for church.  I was going to be spending Christmas day with the Smith family, so I got ready and made the trek.  I got to the chapel where the Smith family was in last minute practice for musical numbers.  I found a spot on the front bench, had a nephew on either side of me, and was provided with the church bag which held the coloring books, toys, and goodies to help keep the boys occupied should they get a bit restless during the meeting.  Mom and Dad Smith were going to be busy playing piano, being chorister, and singing during the meeting so I got to sit with the boys.  I had a grand time, and the boys were really well behaved.  The music was beautiful, the messages shared were uplifting, and the spirit was strong.  After the meeting we headed back to the Smith home, where we got busy preparing some lunch.  I distracted the boys with races, playing with some of the Christmas toys, and then I made myself helpful by setting the table.  Lunch was great, roast, mashed potatoes, corn, salad, all so very yummy.  We cleaned up and the boys finished opening their gifts. 

After that fun was over it was nap time for some, and cookie making time for others.  We got out the cookie cutters, the cookie dough (gingerbread of course) and began to make cookies.  We had presents, santas, snowmen, snowflakes, candy canes, etc.  It was so much fun.  Then Carie made some icing so that we could decorate them too.  We decorated some of the cookies, and ate a good number of them.  :)  Then it was time for a Christmas movie.  We watched White Christmas.  It was a lot of fun.  The boys decided that I needed to practice my skills at watching the movie and entertaining them at the same time.  I became the Auntie jungle gym.  It made me laugh.  After the movie was over we had some root beer floats, then it was time to head home.  I had a very enjoyable Christmas. 

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