Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas 2007

We spent Monday cooking and watching movies. We watched Elf and Christmas Vacation. We went to a candlelight service at 6:00 p.m. I had a spiral ham warming while we were at the service. Once home, we had a late dinner. We had been tracking Santa all day at norad.com. Loree decided it was getting too close for comfort, so "we'd better head to bed!" Darren and I did some more cooking and wrapped the rest of the presents.

Christmas morning I woke up at about 6:00 a.m. to start cooking the breakfast casserole.(I used some of the ham from last night and it was yummy!) Grandma Carole and Papa Bill were due to arrive around 8:00 a.m., so we let the kids get their Santa "stuff" and then they ate a little breakfast while we waited for the G.P.'s. Here is Grandma Carole and Ashlie...

Breakfast included:

Ham and cheese breakfast casserole(yum!)
deviled eggs
orange juice

Santa brought everyone tennis raquets and balls for our YMCA homeschool P.E. class. (Tennis balls, that is...) They also received new toothbrushes, socks, gloves and other odds and ends in their stockings.

There were lots of ohhs...

And a plethora of ahhhs...

( I learned the word plethora from the 1986 film classic "Three Amigos". )

Although not all my kids express emotional exclamations, you can tell that deep inside, these kids are stoked!


And these pics were taken from a strictly photo journalistic perspective. No posing was used for these photos. I repeat... no posing was used!

On the lunch menu:

Turkey with gravy

broccoli, cheese and rice casserole


jellied cranberry sauce


iced tea

And here we are talking about dinner while we eat lunch. It's a tradition in my family passed down from many Swedish generations. As is beige gravy on just about everything.

If you look closely...you can see the limelight being stolen from Loree... Hello, Chelsey!


We're just introducing utensils to Aaron...

One of our Christmas traditions is to go see a movie and then have dinner at Ihop. We saw National Treasure 2. I highly recommend it. Great flick!

It was one of the best Christmases yet! I hope yours was, as well!

1 comment:

Nanny Suzi said...

Nanny Hilda will be so proud that you included the menu's! There is now an entire American Girl underground in this extended family. Sounds like a wonderful Christmas! Nanny Suzi