Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas Recap

Christmas was pretty great this year! It was a wonderful couple of days with our family! We had Christmas Eve to ourselves so we went to the church service and had a nice relaxing time enjoying the message while Michael was in the nursery. We had gotten there plenty early to get seats and enjoyed coffee and cookies while we waited. It was awesome! Afterward, we came home and Scott cooked me a nice Italian dinner. Impressed? I sure was!

The next morning we all slept in and then opened our stockings and ate breakfast.

Michael got some new tadoodle crayons, sippy cups, and a new pair of tennis shoes!

I made my special overnight baked french toast and Michael loved it! He was a little wound up after he ate it- it is a little high in sugar!

For Christmas dinner, we headed into West Des Moines to my aunt and uncle's house. They have a beautiful home and it is always decorated so nicely for the holidays. Practically the whole family was there and it was so nice to see everyone!

Isn't my aunt's tree so beautiful? She always gets a nice big real one every year! I'm jealous!

Michael had so much fun being the center of attention. He was running around everywhere!

After dinner, the whole group headed out to our house for dessert. We had a crowd of about 20 people! It was nice, people were hanging out upstairs and downstairs so it didn't feel too crowded.

Mom and Denise made the most beautiful sugar cookies just like Pioneer Woman did. I was really jealous...I wish I had more free time! Mom promised next year she would help me make some so I am holding her to her word! The Santa cookies are a tradition in our family and mom makes them every year.

Michael and his great-grandma. She gave him lots of great gifts for Christmas- including some nice vintage Dr. Seuss books!

This was the extent of my holiday baking: two dozen peanut butter cookies. I made them quick while Scott was out snowblowing. I figured the less I made, the less I would eat!

I should have taken more photos of our whole spread, but you know how terrible I am with actually getting my camera out during things. I had gotten this big red velvet cake from Costco, a cheesecake and an apple pie. I made homemade whipped cream and it was all really good! The red velvet cake is totally gone- I had no idea it would be such a hit. The desserts were all really delicious and there was no work involved for me except braving Costco before the holidays. Which was quite the feat, actually. :o)

Even Scampy had a great time, he got lots of attention from my aunts who love cats. It was a merry Christmas had by all!

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