After 5 wonderful days off, Kenny and I are back to the grind today. We had a wonerful mini vacation with friends and family. Friday at work was a lot of fun. We had a gift exchange and my friend Carol chose me. She thought it would be funny to use packaging tape and wrap each gift individually! I think it took me 15 mins just to open my gift and my face was beat red by the end. On a better note, we got off work early after our luncheon catered by Famous Dave's BBQ. That evening we went to Tim and Blair's House to watch Dreamer and have our Christmas celebration. If you haven't see Dreamer you should rent it because it really is a great movie. Matthew and Hannah are getting so big! It is amazing how fast those little guys grow up.
Saturday we went to my Grandma and Grandpa Lang's house for our Christmas Celebration with my brother, his girlfriend Crystal and their son, little Brian. We ordered pizza and snacked on veggie trays and opened gifts. Little Brian was just pleased to pieces with the car
My parents bought him. I think we could have taken the rest of the toys back and he would still have been content. We each received an adorable framed picture of little Brian on Santa's lap. Also, my grandma continued her tradition with the family photo calendar and individual ornaments for each of us. I think Kenny's ornament was my favorite. He got a cap with a diploma and the year. Very cute! And I lucky me I got one too!
Afterwards we went to the Christmas lights at the
with my parents. It was so much fun! They have a radio station you can tune in to while you stroll through the lights in the comfort of your vehicle. It was pretty fun to try to figure our what all the displays were and what biblical story they went with. Churchof Joy
Christmas Eve we spend the evening at Kenny's Mom and Dave's house with
, Nanette, Sarah, Quint, Barb and Dave. Christopher, Brittany
It is so nice to get the whole family together and just enjoy each other. Barb made everyone's favorite treats from the book that I made from last year. I thought that was pretty neat. Then when we were leaving there were 4 stockings hung on the front porch. Each stocking contained an
, an Apple, a walnut and jacks or marbles. These stocking stuffers are just what Sarah and Quint received as children growing up. It is really neat to bring old traditions into our modern celebrations. Orange
When we got home from the party we had a special surprise from my parents. (they left a message saying Santa had dropped off a box to their house) We headed down the street to see what it was. When we got there we found a box full of goodies for Kenny. Just what his dad had always sent him (minus the mall gift cards) . The box contained payday candy bars, slim jims, gold fish crackers etc etc etc. It was always Kenny's tradition to open the package from his dad on Christmas Eve since that is when his dad would open up their family's gifts. It is always nice to remember the ones we love on the holidays and keep
Christmas Day we got up bright and early... well with an alarm!!
We let the dogs out of our room to see what Santa brought the three of
them. I though for sure after the whole in the drywall, whole in the
carpet, huge wholes in the back yard, the drip system that was dug up
and the many planks riped off the garden fence (to name a few...) that there would only be coal for them (which they would probably have happily eaten!) but they had toys and treats!. We got the home made
cinnamon rolls going and invited my parents over for gifts. Next Barb, Dave, Sarah and Quint came over.
Barb and Dave got us a pictionary game and set up so played that most of the early afternoon. Then headed over to Nanette's. My mom joined us at Nanette's and we had a good time. We didn't stay too long because I wasn't feeling good. Kenny and I went home and I curled up in my new electric blanket and rested awhile. Once I got to feeling better Kenny and I started the major project of undecorating! We got the Christmas tree down and all the decorations and lights put away late Christmas night!
Then Tuesday was my moms B-day. My grandparents treated my mom, dad,
Kenny and I to a wonderful lunch at our favorite little Mexican food
restaurant. We did some after Christmas shopping and got stocked up on
wrapping paper, ribbons, boxes, bags and tissue for next year.
Wednesday, My mom and I did some running around and left the boys at home to work! My dad worked on his garden, which is half his yard! And Kenny worked on fixing p our garden fence and making the dogs a dig
area (so maybe they will leave the fence alone....) Also, Kenny made
an adorable picket fence for my parents front porch with a few of the
Well, I hope that is everything.... if I have forgotten anything I am
sorry... I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and we would love to
hear from you.
Best Wishes in the new year!
Amanda and Kenny