Our other niece Holly, her mom (Aunt Patty), and Joe, who was taking the opportunity to catch a few winks.
Our brother-in-law Mac, and Alex, who is giving me a "look" about who knows what.
After dinner Alex passed out various copies of his college newspaper so that we could all read some of the articles he has written. What a way to entertain guests! Fortunately, he's a good writer, so it was okay.
...celebrated Thanksgiving with my family,My Aunt Dolores, cousin Davene, and her husband Rick, getting everything ready on the table.
My cousin Damon, his fiancee Cathy, and Davene, watching my mom take another drink of her wine.
Davene, Rick, and Alex...we're all too STUFFED to move!
My dad, my mom (telling another story), and Damon.
put up the tree and decorated it (but now the lights don't work and I'm in the midst of a Plan B, but wish I had a little more time to implement it),
made some holiday candy,
went to our school Christmas program (which was held at our high school gym and there were LOTS of people there!),
finished Christmas shopping,
Gift bags for my Reading Mastery students, in front of the pink tree they decorated AND the static cling they put up.
did a snowman craft with my Reading Mastery students,
Believe me, this was a "fly by the seat of your pants" type project. Even though I had it all thought out in my head, I'd never done it before and learned a LOT if I ever do it again!
attended Ted's work Christmas party (and had a very nice time),
got our annual Christmas letter written, cards addressed, and sent,
and wrapped almost all of the gifts (just about 5 things to go!).
Later today I'll finish baking and wrapping, then maybe even clean the house a little. I've been letting that go, as I just haven't had the time to take care of it. Joe and Alex are both home from college and although I just LOVE having them home, I've gone from cleaning the kitchen a couple times a week, to cleaning it about twice a day.
I understand that Christmas is coming in two days, whether I'm ready or not.
I'm really looking forward to spending time with the family....that's all I need to make Christmas special.
Merry Christmas everyone!