Wednesday, December 25, 2019
a very merry Christmas...
Eleven of our kids were here today, with a few spouses, and our grandson Wulf. We opened presents leisurely, after all had coffee, or juice, or cinnamon buns. I got a lovely candle and a sweater from Paul, a travel mug from Emily, and the movie Downton Abbey, a blanket, and some nice nail polish. Paul liked his Muck boots, but they're a size small, so he has to exchange them. The girls all got super cozy blankets, the kind that are fleecy fur on one side, and a few of them got foam/gel mattress toppers. Char got her new Vans (sneakers), Cam got her electric toothbrush. The older girls got an Instapot, Mirielle got a weighted blanket and a wine opening set, Abigail got a pretty sweater, so did Margaret. Jon got tools, and a cream whipper for his fancy espresso.
We made sausage and bacon, waffles with fruit, eggs, and Mirielle made strata, spinach and broccoli and cheese with ham. Then dinner, which was ham, Jon made his sweet potato casserole with marshmallows and pecans, and roasted veggies: Brussel sprouts, asparagus, and broccoli, and brown and serve rolls. We sat and put together a puzzle for a bit, played Bananagrams, and a huge game of Headbandz...
(It was our homemade version of the game).
We had dogs galore here today, our Labs Sunny and Suri, Margaret and Adrian's dog Bunny, and Joseph and Bethany's dog Bella.
So all the older kids have gone home, just the youngest five are here, and they've all gone to bed. Jon is still on the phone to Samuel, and I can hear Char and Cam talking too. But it's just me here in the living room, and I am tired. I am tired because I woke up bright and early, before the sun even came up, too excited to fall back to sleep.
It's been a good day, I love having the kids here.