Well, these past few days have been a whirl wind of the 3 F's: Family, Friends, & Food! All of which means new memories to cherish for years to come.
The weather outside was frightful, so my in-laws couldn't make the trek up for Christmas Day, but never fear! Friends are near!
Christmas Eve was spent with close friends who were our old neighbors from Malta. But lets face it they're family now! Bruni's sisters and brother were there with incredible Puerto Rican food, holiday cheer, and welcomed us with open arms! After indulging in the feast, a few card games and lots of chatter among us, we headed back home.
With a fresh dusting of snow on the ground, we woke up to squealing kids running up and down the stairs the next morning, CHRISTmas morning! Sleepily we opened gifts and somehow managed to eat breakfast.
Our neighbors Mike & Pam and their daughter and grandson came over for CHRISTmas dinner, which is really a late lunch. Again, neighbors that are more family than friends! It was such a blessing to have them! The laughter that filled my home, the smell of CHRISTmas dinner, and the tree that glowed were great memories that I will cherish as my First CHRISTmas in our new home.
Later that evening, Javier & Bruni and their family joined us for a new tradition. Homemade Pizza CHRISTmas night! I found the easiest pizza dough recipe and turned out 8 pizzas in about an hour and a half! Incredible and YUMMY! We have a mini arcade in our basement and played air hockey, foosball, and skee-basket ball for hours! Was such a great time! I'm already ready for next year! Well, maybe not yet! :)
A few days later we drove to Alton to my little sisters for the Wells Family CHRISTmas. What a blessing to have nearly all my family in my sister new home for CHRISTmas. Another great feast, laughter, and memories were made! My favorite part of the Wells CHRISTmas this year was the White Elephant gift exchange. It includes EVERYone, even my Dad. What ever did happen to the Bronzed Spartan with the 6 pack abs??? After an exciting day we traveled to my in-laws for one last CHRISTmas celebration.
Michael's Dad greeted us at the door with the excitement of a child. He nearly couldn't wait to open gifts and Travis wasn't even in the house yet! We tore open presents and snacked on cookies and finally after a very long day of fun with family we tucked ourselves into bed for a long winters nap.
Michael and I also spent a day at my Dad's house painting and priming. I hate to say it but I don't think my Dad will get into his newly remodeled home before his birthday in February. So much to do, with little help. It's not all fun living 5+ hours away.
Well, that's my CHRISTmas in a nutshell. I hope you were blessed with the same 3 F's as I was!
I pray you have a blessed New Year full of the 3 F's!