Jan 17, 2007

On the Tenth Day of Christmas...

... we celebrated Christmas morning at home. We emptied stockings and unwrapped presents, and brunched on cinnamon french toast, maple sausage and spiced tea. It was so nice to have a leisurely morning filled with wrapping paper, carols, and yummy food.

John helping Miranda open her blocks from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Grandmommie gives such interesting gifts!

She became quite adept at ripping open the wrapping paper -- show her an edge, and she's off!

Examining the personalized Christmas ornament from Miss Marie.

No need for help here, Mom! I'm headed for that equilateral triangle. Thank you, Aunt Tracey!

I love apples!!!

John received a gift certificate to Buffalo Wild Wings and a case of Sprite, as well as several Twix bars.

Billy displaying the beer Santa left in his stocking. It was a nice complement to the Reeses cups and banana.

I love the game Scene It. We took this to our friends the Leffels a few nights later and had a blast. Billy can't believe I want the Harry Potter version!

The best present of the year -- a breadmaker for the family. We've been wanting to have more homecooked meals, and Billy thought this would be a great asset. As I write, a loaf of garlic-romano-rosemary bread is baking.

Miranda's first ride on her new "Hog", courtesy of Pop and Nanny. A hint for the environmentally aware -- employing a favorite housemate for propulsion greatly increases gas mileage!
After the morning's excitement, it's nice to stretch out with your Daddy.

After a fun day playing with toys and snacking, we concluded the day with a traditional holiday meal, which was actually fairly stress-free since I cooked some the day before. We were joined by Mike and Sarah Brown and their kids Ya'el and Ezekiel, and noshed on turkey breast and gravy, mustard glazed ham, cornbread dressing, yams mashed with raisins and apples, green bean casserole, homemade cranberry sauce and jello salad, fresh bread and banana bread, and a family favorite - celery stuffed with cheese. We finished with pumpkin pie and assorted sweets from the Brown bakery.

All in all, it was a wonderful day. I hope the rest are just as rich and peaceful.


Rachel said...

Miranda is getting so grown up! She's a beautiful little girl. :-) Hope you all are doing well!

Pete the Brit said...

Love the pics.....but I should really educate you about some very good boardgames....Scene It? oh my :(

tee hee hee

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