Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas 2007

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.)

Curious George book for my little monkeys
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 with gifts
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.

Everything is hilarious
Lavella, wearing a hoodie from Jom.

An outfit from Jomby and her first Russian Doll
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.)

Big guitar pedal
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.

Daisy opening gifts

Some of the books I wanted!
I love these books!

Dinosaur set
A dinosaur set!

Greg surprised the boys with a set of drums.

Little Drummer Girl
The Tiny Beautiful, playing drums.

Making dinner
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!


Sarah said...

I'm so glad Grace gets to visit you all in Germany! Would you be willing to post your brussel sprout technique in detail... last time I made brussel sprouts they were ugh gagging. Merry Christmas! Great drums, maybe that's what Jesse and i will buy each other next year!

a.susie said...

"The Tiny Beautiful" gets more beautiful everyday. Your Christmas looks wonderful!

Brussel Sprouts are one of my favorite foods in the world! Any thing special to oven roasting them?

Isn't technology great? Only a few years ago we would never have seen these images and been able to share in the wonder! Love to all!

Anonymous said...

oh soooo cute! just want to squeeze L's chubby cheeks! She's looking so much like you. LOVE love love your hair. xoxoxo

Mom2Zoey said...

It looks like you all enjoyed your Christmas! Lavella is just adorable! ~A