The year is coming to a close, so in the interest of starting with a fresh slate (no back-blog, if you will)...I'm wrapping up this year with a very fitting Christmas entry.
Our festivities began early in the month of December with Jeff's office party...a "decking of the halls" and a fun time all around, although I found myself missing the crafting table for homemade polaroid ornaments...like we did last year. Luckily Rebekah's photobooth idea was back in action and here were the results!
Wow, i just realized that a picture of our family is exactly in the middle of this video.
We also had some great extended family parties which I neglected to photograph. The Gough celebration at Scott & Kathy's beautifully remodeled home...where we got to enjoy the arrival of two very adorable twins. The Boldrin celebration where Wes got to finally meet his 1st cousins, once removed -Christian and Kingston- who are so adorable (I did get a photo of them..and I snagged one of our family from my aunt's blog)!
Lastly (and directly after the Boldrin party..a long day to say the least) we celebrated Christmas with the Evans'- Great Grandma's "Christmas Eve" celebration- where she spoiled us with gifts and topped it all off with a birthday sing-a-long and angel food cake for baby Jesus...I love how deliberate and honoring this was. It is such a treat to live so close to family and to spend this season with them, sharing life.
Then it was time for our immediate families to party it up! Jeff, Wes and I got the pleasure of an early visit from Santa on Christmas Eve Morn. Wes was more enthralled with the wrapping paper than any of the gifts...which was alright with us! Both Wes and Daddy got Maps...I hope to post a photo of Jeff's when it's all complete...his brother, Kyle, helped me by cutting and putting together some pine floor boards that the map will be mounted on and then I had it framed at Annie's (they're so great there). We're going to put pins in all the places we've been together, separately, and with Wes...color coordinated, of course.
After Wes' nap we headed to my parents house where we got to work on homemade pasta- bucatini arrabiata- using the pasta extruder my folks gave me for my birthday. We also had chicken piccata, meatballs, broccoli with brown butter and myzithra (so easy and delicious) and a green salad...it was quite a wonderful meal...and the company wasn't too bad either ;).
Jeff, Wes and I spent the night and Wes came down with the cold that I had been battling and the poor thing woke up every hour because he couldn't breathe through his nose...which means WE woke up too...a rough night for all! Thankfully Meme and Pepe took him at 6:45 and Mommy and Daddy were able to sleep until 10:00.
We then packed up and headed over to Jeff's parents house, luckily it's just a 3 minute drive! We were able to relax and help set up for a couple of hours before the guests started to arrive...it was so wonderful not to feel rushed. We nibbled on appetizers, popped some English crackers, and dined on a wonderful spread- beef tenderloin, mashed potatoes, mushrooms, salads, rolls...yum, yum! Before guests began to leave Kristen presented the kids with adorable tree pillows with pjs stuffed in the pocket...such a fun, creative, and sweet gift to all! We sang carols and watched the kids romp and play before the big boys attempted their 1st sleepover in the loft.
It was another night of tears for Wes and Miles- both sick...but we made it through and it was worth waking up to "Christmas Morning" for the Gough siblings and cousins...and then homemade almond bread, cinnamon rolls, bacon and eggs. Can you tell this family loves food?
It was a great season and I'm sad to see it come to a close but am also looking forward to what this next year holds...a new niece, a couple of weddings, Jeff and I turning 30. Time to start thinking of those New Years resolutions...but I'm taking Alisha's advice and only choosing 2...more on that later!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!