Here are some pictures from our Christmas celebration. (Clicking on any of the photos will take you to the Flickr set where there are even more shots that I didn't feel like including in this blog post.)
I love Christmas morning. There's something magical about gathering around the tree, anticipating each person's reaction to a special gift, opening up surprises, watching my children's faces.
Grace rolled out of bed just in time to open gifts. Here she is, wearing the scarf and gloves I knit for her (the hat is in her lap). She's holding a book that Aunt Terry got me called Hardware: Jewelry From A Toolbox, and it's rather cool.
I don't usually wear jewelry at the moment because it tends to be impractical with maintaining the little people, but this book makes me want to hit the hardwear store and make turn it all into wearables.
Lavella, wearing a hoodie from Jom.
The entire outfit from Jom. (Jonathan expressly asked to see a picture of her in it within the first three days. You asked my dear, and here she is.)
Greg got this big guitar pedal from his family, and as soon as we were done with gifts, he hooked it into his system upstairs to test it out.
I love these books!
A dinosaur set!
Greg surprised the boys with a set of drums.
The Tiny Beautiful, playing drums.
And of course there was cooking. Grace and I managed to pull together a dinner that was not too time consuming, yet very special. The menu:
Romaine Salad with Pears and Cheese
Bread Pudding with Wild Mushrooms (made with Brioche)
Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Tomato Sherry Confit
Broiled Flank Steak with Soy Citrus Mayonaisse
Greg bought a delicious, round red Reisling which complemented the meal well.
For the past few days we've been baking cookies and cupcakes, so instead of a big, rich dessert, we decided to eat cookies, and have a post-dinner appetizer course of interesting cheeses, crackers, and shrimp cocktail. After the children were in bed, we mixed up some Mojitos and watched the movie "Waiting". Fun times.
It was a wonderful Christmas, but we missed all of you back home. Much love to our family, and thank you all for the lovely gifts!