Grab some hot chocolate and settle in for a recap of our Christmas weekend; complete with only a fraction of the 500 pictures I took with my new camera.
Unfortunately we were both a little sickly this Christmas. I started getting sick right before we went to Knoxville to celebrate Christmas last Saturday and spent most of the week in bed with a runny nose, killer headache, some nausea, and fatigue. I finally started feeling better Thursday night. Then Friday Michael started feeling crummy with an extremely sore throat and runny nose that lasted through Christmas weekend. However, we were still able to enjoy lots of time with our family and friends.
We kicked off the Christmas festivities on Christmas Eve morning when we did our little Christmas. We slept late (well sort of, 8ish which is late for us) and then had strawberry muffins for breakfast (and then I had several Reeses trees…). After breakfast we opened our presents and stockings from each other.
getting the very last bag from the Christmas countdown
That gift I was opening turned out to be…
It came with a camera bag that is similar to the cool camera bag that Amanda has
After we opened our presents we got packed up and headed toward Springfield
Christmas Eve night we always celebrate Christmas at Michael’s Grandmama’s (his dad’s mom) with his aunt, uncle, and cousins so we headed over there for dinner and presents.
Funny story: After we left Grandmama’s we stopped back by the shop to pick up the present Michael had been working on. As we were leaving a police car pulled in and blocked us in. Apparently we looked suspicious but after the officer found out who Michael was and checked his ID he let us go. Of course the officer that stopped us was the same one who gave me a speeding ticket a few months ago. I mean, does my old Camry just shout “troublemaker”?? I know, it’s actually really good that they are keeping an eye on things around town but I just get this feeling this guy is out to get me…
opening stockings – one of the things in my stocking (which I’m holding in this picture) is a pair of gloves with special tips on the thumb and pointer finger so I can wear gloves and still use my iPhone. Sweet.
Like I’ve mentioned before, my family likes puzzles. Brendan gave us a code that we had to solve that would lead us to our presents. Riley solved it while I was distracted eating biscuits and gravy so I’m not exactly sure what the clue was…
vouchers for tickets to see the Hunger Games movie in March!
(Brendan looks very interested, doesn’t he?)
Brendan’s present was the coolest one this year. A while ago he came up with an idea for a new board game (don’t know the specifics, sorry). He created a practice board on a piece of poster board and the guys played it at Thanksgiving. At some point he created a design on the computer of what he wanted it to look like (I think, again I’m not sure of the specifics) but anyway, somehow Daddy got a hold of the design and sent it to a friend of his who made it into a real game board. Daddy then bought some little army men that matched the roles of the figures in the game. Michael painted the the pieces and Riley made a box with foam in it to store them. Brendan was really surprised. Sorry for the really stinky explanation of the game – the short of it was that we (mostly Daddy) turned Brendan’s game idea into the real thing. Very neat.
Looks so professional
Christmas 2011 – Brendan (22), Michael (26), Caitlin (24), Riley (19)
After that we took a nice, restful nap
Christmas night we went to Michael’s uncle’s house to celebrate with his dad’s extended family
We ate a yummy breakfast and then did presents
Finally Monday evening we packed up and headed back to Bowling Green. Other than being a little sickly we had a fantastic Christmas!