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Interstellar Christmas

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

It was a very Merry Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at the Interstellar Casa. Elle and Zed got dropped off at their dad's house. Fortunately my Ex's family celebrates on Christmas Eve and my family celebrates on Christmas Day, so we don't have a 'conflict' as to which house the kid's celebrate. Two days, two celebrations, we're all good. Nick's brother (he calls him Bubba — this is Texas after all ya'll) Bubba drove up Saturday morning and arrived at our house. We chatted for a bit, went and ate some lunch, and then came on a tour of my company's offices. We have a lot of war memorabilia and things donated to our company. Bubba was in the military, but was actually discharged when it was discovered he had a 'lazy eye'. His step-daughter, son-in-law and step-son are all in the military, and the man has a penchant for the good 'ol US of A, so this tour and seeing all the artifacts my company owns was a big deal for him. Then we went home and I started cooking. Turkey, dressing, jalepeno cranberry sauce, ham, green beans, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, and dinner rolls, accompanied by a couple of bottles of wine. We were happy campers. Nick's special request for the night was the sweet potatoes with marshmallows, so I put a bit of extra effort into them. With butter, cinnamon and nutmeg, they were delicious.
The dinner table was set, and we enjoyed our meal.
We then played an exciting (and long) game of Mexican Train dominoes. Bubba won (he's the master), I came in second, and Nick was last. I only beat him by one point. I ended up with the double tweleve in my hand more times than I would have liked. But oh well. It was such fun! Elle and Zed got back home about 11. We put them to be shortly before midnight, and we continued playing dominoes until almost 1 am. Then Bubba went to Nick's, I wrapped a few more presents, and of course, had to present evidence that Santa had indeed come and left presents for the kids.
We ate a fantastic breakfast cooked by yours truly. The hollandaise turned out perfectly. The waffles were fluffy, the strawberries were fresh, and the whipped cream was whippy. With our bellies sufficiently stuffed and the dishes done, we all then turned to the gifts. We decided that as we opened presents, we would all take turns wearing the Santa hat.
Yep, even I wore the Santa hat. Everyone did!
Nick's favorite present came from my sister.
I got a nice photo of my mom and grandmother together.
My grandma spent a lot of time on the presents she gave to all of us. I got my scarf for my birthday, but my cousin, my sisters and mom my got theirs for Christmas. They were all so excited!
We all had a fantastic Christmas. It was warm and cheery, everyone got nice presents, and our family was all together. Well, mostly together. My sister Nikki was sick. Flu, fever, blah. Poor thing. I didn't get to see her. :( My brother and his family stayed home and did their own quiet thing, so I didn't get to see him, or my niece. I was a little bummed about that.
Merry Christmas Everyone!

12/28/2005 10:09:00 AM :: ::
  • You had me [sort of] at jalapeno cranberry. I don't even like cranberry sauce, but I'd be willing to taste of it just to see.

    Glad you had a great Christmas! :)

    By Blogger FTS, at 12/28/2005 12:01:00 PM


  • Mexican Train Dominoes? How do you play that?

    By Blogger Jean-Luc Picard, at 12/28/2005 02:16:00 PM


  • Sounds like the perfect day!!! You are lucky about not having conflicts with the ex over the holidays. I wish I was so lucky.

    By Blogger Jolynn, at 12/28/2005 02:41:00 PM


  • Glad it went well!

    I'm with Captain Picard, how do you play at domino game?

    By Blogger Jen, at 12/28/2005 03:24:00 PM


  • Sounds like a fantastic Christmas you've had yourselves! Hope you have a great New Year too!

    By Anonymous Claire, at 12/28/2005 04:08:00 PM


  • Looks like you had fun. Happy New Year!

    By Blogger Barbara, at 12/28/2005 09:28:00 PM


  • Sounds wonderful!

    Nice pictures -- your kids are adorable!

    Happy New Year...

    By Blogger Marie, at 12/28/2005 09:59:00 PM


  • Looks like it was a wonderful day...the food sounds divine! You're making me hungry at 11:20 EST.

    By Blogger Carnealian, at 12/28/2005 10:21:00 PM


  • It does indeed look like a good Christmas. Nice pics. You'd make a nice Mrs. Santa Claus.

    By Blogger Bone, at 12/29/2005 08:41:00 AM


  • Heh. My wife and I have been drooling over those pie pictures... Do you deliver? :)

    By Blogger Barry, at 12/29/2005 02:57:00 PM


  • Sounds like a wonderful Christmas! And yummy too! Do you have drive-thru?

    By Anonymous abbynormal, at 12/29/2005 04:57:00 PM


  • Yep, I'd like to join the others in finding out how you play Mexican Train Dominoes too.
    THose sweet potatoes looked soooooo good, the whole menu did, actually.

    We always open up presents before Breakfast, although the adults usually have coffee first. I'm finding out on a lot of blogs that some people do have brex before presents, as you all did. Interesting, I never knew other people did that ! LOL

    Sounds like you all had a real good time together. Loved the pict of Nick and Elle from the previous post, she looks so much like you!

    Happy New Year! Here's to the next 365 posts! LOL

    By Anonymous Laura at VitaminSea, at 12/30/2005 01:42:00 PM


  • Sounds great. i love all the pictures!

    By Blogger Beanhead, at 12/31/2005 09:40:00 AM


  • Very cute kids! You should be proud. You are obviously a very great parent! Thank You!

    By Blogger mattandriver, at 12/31/2005 10:05:00 PM


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