Christmas came and went with a bang at the Chesapeake Bay Family household--a bang that included me backing into Son's car first thing Christmas Eve on my way to the bank to deal with my debit card which had been compromised. Aside from that and a major cut in my toe due to a splintering Pyrex dish hitting my kitchen's tile floor right in the middle of the most stressful part of dinner preparations, it was all fun and merriment!
Now that the ugly parts are out of the way, let's try to tell this Chesapeake Bay Christmas tale again.
Christmas was magical this year because for the first time in a while Son, Daughter, Parents, Middle Sis and Baby Sis were all in attendance at Christmas Eve dinner--which is also my mother's birthday dinner. Typically we are missing one or the other, and with Son being off at college, it was all the more special having everyone together under the same roof.
(He's doing just fine since his recent surgery, good as new.)
Because I had to work Monday and Tuesday and then had to deal with a compromised debit card Christmas Eve morning (never mind having to tell Son about the nice new dent in the side of his vehicle), I didn't have a lot of time to focus on getting the house ready, but somehow it all came together at the last minute.
|Son made this snowman out of a sock for me at least a decade ago.|
|Mr. Snowman seems to come to life with the mood lighting. I think he's trying to dance here.|
He might have a case of arthritis in the neck, though.
Dinner consisted of prime rib (which I practically got for free since I won a $50 gift certificate from Best Value--thanks, Best Value!), salmon (courtesy of my parents), shrimp, smashed potatoes (Middle Sis), macaroni and cheese (Middle Sis), twice baked acorn squash, broccolini, mushrooms, rolls (CB Mother), sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, and a partridge in a pear tree (all cookies made by CB Mother).
(I made up the partridge part. Although I do have a pear tree in my yard, and for all I know there was one sitting in it.)
|Daughter and Baby Sis|
|Parents and Middle Sis|
|Son, Parents, Middle Sis, Daughter|
|Please note the Santa cap and reindeer antlers on the parental units.|
Also if Baby Sister's eyes are closed, don't say anything. She'll never notice.
I don't even think she reads this blog.
We ate, drank, laughed, talked, told Son and Daughter how much we all love them, and had a grand time.
I love this wacky family.
I hope you enjoyed some down time with friends and/or family.
Welcome to the last few days of 2014.