Sunday, December 07, 2008

Christmas time is here!

Christmas is definitely my favorite time of year and it officially starts Thanksgiving morning at about 9am when Santa shows up at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. this year, the girls and I spent the night before at Nana B's so we could wake up and watch the parade with her. David arrived just in time for dinner, per his usual plan. He honestly can't understand why you would show up more than about 10 minutes before sitting down at the table. Austensibly, we were there so we could also help her get ready for the crowd coming to her house. She however, was up and had most things done before I ever woke up. My timing is impeccable. Lauren however, did help Reuben set up the rest. (I know you helped too, Meg. And I played with Catcher so that you wouldn't feel left out. wink.) Ok, this is going to be a little backwards since I obviously don't know how to post pics in order and I am slow getting everything on my blog. I'm so glad that Elise called on Friday (12/5) to see if we wanted to go to see the Nutcracker with her and her girls. I had planned on going to the Hamilton football game, but no one else could go. I asked the girls what they would rather do (thinking they would totally back me up on football) They were shocked, of course they wanted to go to the Nutcracker. It's a holiday TRADITION, didn't I know. One that it's been a couple years since we've done. The girls loved it, Zo especially! She asked Elise nonstop questions throughout the entire show. So hilarious. Lauren was enraptured. She told Zo to be quiet when she tried to ask her questions and Zo was mad. She told Elise that Lauren wouldn't play with her. She only wanted to play with HER friends. I'm guessing these were the ballerinas. Afterward, Lauren reassured Zo that she was her best friend.
At Nana B's house Thanksgiving Day, Lauren was so busy taking pictures of the food, that she pretty much forgot to take pics of the people. It's a tribute to how delicious dinner is at Mom's. Here we are playing the traditional Mexican Train game at the Miller's house Thanksgiving evening. Traditional, in that it is played almost every Sunday!

Back at Nana B's house, Lauren was able to take a picture of Catcher, because he had food in his hands, and face. He was so cute eating this apple. Nana B was enthralled by the tiny apples at Safeway (you know, the ones they used to let people come u-pick after they sold all the good ones to the stores). Well, this one was perfect Catcher size. He couldn't quite break through the skin with his 2 1/2 teeth yet, but once we took a little starter bite, he was going to town. I think he chewed on, sucked on, and generally adored this apple for about 1/2 an hour. He is so hilarious.

This is the pecan pie, before David and Lauren picked off about 1/3 of the pecans. Yes Lauren had already gained control of the camera and was on her food photo marathon.

The day before Thanksgiving, the girls helped make 6 pies, an apple, cherry and pecan for each house we went to. When I took the bags of apples out of the fridge, I almost died. The smell of those apples was like heaven. I just wanted to stick my head in the bag and leave it there. I hear that's not healthy. The girls were a big help with the pies. I don't know how I used to do 10-12. Oh wait, I didn't have a job. We had a blast and were covered with flour and dripping with apple juice by the time we were done. I love it!


Emily said...

Upload the pictures in any order that you want. preview the pictures from your posting page. Then, return to the edit html page. All pictures start with "<" and end with ">", then opener and closer of all html script. so, you can highlight, cut, and paste into any order you choose once the program has a pathway to follow.

I'm not sure how much since those directions make, but there you have it: how to post pictures in the order you choose. Otherwise, post them with the last picture first. That works too.

Oh, and you made me homesick. Thanks! See you in about two weeks.

reuben said...

This is really Megan but I didn't feel like switching it over to my account. Thanksgiving food was fantastic. I don't think I have ever tasted better turkey! They pies were awesome too of course. It is awesome that your daughters are learning how to make them. What a great thing you are able to pass on to them. I'm glad you guys had fun at the Nutcracker. I wish I could have gone, but I don't think Catcher would have sat through it. Actually I just will take any excuse to get dressed up

Darilyn said...

Your Thanksgiving sounds great! I love the nutcracker. I wanted to take my girls this year but missed out on the tickets that were a really good deal. I'll have to be quicker next year. I love Christmas too and this year so far has felt especially nice. I love all the pictures.

Merilee said...

I'm so proud of you for all this posting even though this post is almost torture. Only because I should have been there for everything.

Please tell me your secrets. I want to love Christmas time too. The last few years I've been having a hard time getting into the spirit. So far, I will say, this year is looking a little more promising.

Love all the photos. Keep 'em coming.

ducklips said...

Thanks for coming with us to the Nutcracker. We loved it and also loved the peppermint hot chocolate afterwards. I love that picture. Addie cracks me up because she looks like she is so whatever. I know that is not at all how she was. said...

Mer, I don't know if you remember, but Bobby and I were usually the first ones up Christmas morning. I am a lifelong Christmas fan. I also always kind of thrive on rushing around stressed. There were a few years (young adult) before I had kids when the magic seemed to fade a bit. To keep it alive, I tell my kids that those who don't believe in Santa, don't get presents from Santa. So, of course they believe. I also really love music and about half of Christmas music makes me cry. I never care when they start playing it, it never upsets me to hear Christmas music or see decorations in the stores. When everyone else is saying how superficial it all is, I disagree. Maybe I'm just superficial too. Maybe I just love Jesus. I believe in birthday month for everyone!