As Mr. T pulled into the garage last night, I was caught red-handed plugging in the Christmas lights. When he inquired as to why, two days post-holiday, I would be illuminating the neighborhood, I postured that "everyone knows" you can leave your Christmas lights up until New Year's. At least. Right? I'm probably just trying to eek out a few more days of merriment and procrastinating because Lord knows un-decking the halls takes forever, but I can't help myself. It was a very merry Christmas around these parts.
We started celebrating with our fifth-annual White Elephant Extravaganza and continued with holiday parties at various friends' homes, delicious family meals, and riotous gift exchanges. I feel incredibly blessed and I'm thankful for all of the wonderful people in my life.
Hope the holiday was lovely for you, too!
A few, okay 4-zillion, photos:
|It's not Christmas without cookies! Peanut butter blossoms for the win!
|I attempt to make up for having the wrapping skills of a 5-year-old by using lots of pretty bows and ribbons.
|Christmas eve feast at my mom's
|Bird's the word people.
|Family "roasting" by the open fire.
|Is it really going to be a year before I can have this again???
|An East Coaster, Brenda is subject to random mama kiss-attacks when she stays away for so long.
|Eric John gets wildly excited about Christmas. Or as he says, "Christmos"
|One of the cutest kids on the planet.
|Maddox demonstrates proper cookie-eating form. Pinkies up!
|Marm et moi.
|Angry Birds gear. It's what happens to Mr. T when he doesn't provide a proper Christmas list.
|As devious as I can look holding socks and a cookie scoop.
|This is what my mom gets for telling me "Mini-pies are the new cupcakes!"
|I do believe this is an "Aww" happy face.
|We're going to Disneyland!! (And Brenda gets to come, too!)
|A gift for three.
|I wrapped it accordingly. Lots of layers and boxes.
|Just what everyone wants for Christmas... Communication research!
|And the possibility that I did, in fact, get the three of them one popcorn maker.
|Copious amounts of tape.
|And more layers!
|Finally. Is six layers too many?
|A fantastic expression from Emily. Lots of screaming.
|And the best part... Brenda still doesn't know what it is...
|Two nights at the Disneyland Hotel!!
|Handsome little brother.
|Tim and Jaba-the-Pug, aka Frankie
|Slightly serious siblings. (And Betty)
|Sibs. Plus two puggles.
|Frankie, the Christmas elf.
|Goliath, who refused to sit still long enough to wear a Christmas bow.
|A Christmas gansta. (ha!)
|What spoiled rotten looks like...
|T and I have carved out a little Christmas tradition... Christmas brunch at our place.
|I make Christmas waffles (recipe here), sausage and bacon, and Tim makes incredible (truly) eggs and potatoes.
|Down in front!
|This was the first year we had everyone in the same room. It's much more fun than eating at separate tables.
|My father-in-law, Ray, promising to get back to his signature white socks after the holiday.
|Me, T, and liquid gooooooolllllldddddd, aka mom's peach jam.
|Emily's looking gorgeous per usual. Josh reading about his new pizza stone. And Eric John giving me death stares. Me thinks someone was in need of a Christmas nap!
|Goliath enjoys sitting on piles of clothes, or in this case, brunch napkins. I think the cold shoulder was due to the fact that I made him wear jingle bells all morning.
|I was offered forgiveness at the cost of one breakfast sausage.
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