Man, celebrating Christmas over and over and over is exhausting.
Pop bought Kate a trampoline this year, along with way too many other things, so part of Christmas celebrating was spent in the back yard assembling his gift. She didn't quite believe it was a trampoline when he showed her the box, but once they started putting it together she got pretty excited.
I stayed in the kitchen while they all did the hard work and cooked all morning. Heather went back and forth between playing games with the girls and Paula to helping the boys outside. I've gotten Christmas dinner prep down to a pretty good science now. This time I experimented with some sweet potatoes that ended up being WAY sweet (they were practically a dessert) but wow they were good.
Sunday, January 1, 2017
Friday, December 30, 2016
This year it was easier for my brother and his family, along with Dad and Paula, to come to our house on New Year's Eve weekend to celebrate Christmas with them. That meant I got to prepare Christmas dinner twice, but that's all good because I pretty much rocked it out the first time. This also gave us opportunity to go celebrate with Mom, Richard and Trey as well. We had dinner at Chili's and then came back to the house they're still moving in to for gifts and Rockband. The kids all had a blast and it was a good time. Richard, Nick and Jason even drove over to Burleson that night and picked up a sectional that Mom bought from someone online.
Sunday, December 25, 2016
Mom, Richard and Trey came from Christmas lunch along with Richard and Emma Lee. I cooked most everything since Mom and Richard are in the process of buying a house and moving. I used my Instant Pot for a couple of things and they turned out great. The whole meal actually turned out really well, if I do say so myself.
Saturday, December 24, 2016
As per tradition, we spent Christmas Eve at Yiayia's house. We also ate tamales as usual, along with plenty of desserts and other junk we didn't really need, before settling into the living room for a long evening of opening our gifts. Kate had the most, as always. Basically Christmas Eve is predictable in every way except what is inside the box or bag you open, but we like it that way.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
One of my very dear photography friends, Lola, has a soft spot for the Fort Worth Stockyards. She is down there all the time, photographing often the same things over and over in different ways. She eventually got hired on as the official photographer down there, and her dream of some day publishing a book about the Stockyards came true this year. I attended her launch party, camera in hand of course, at Los Vaqueros Restaurant.
Monday, December 19, 2016
Joe was able to fly in for Christmas this year, so we were able to spend some time with him at Grandma Peggy's house. She had a house full of people and tons of food, as usual, and we went home with cookies and a cherry pie and some pumpkin cake from her. You can never leave her house empty handed during the holidays.