Sunday, December 26, 2010

Collins' Christmas 2010

Happy Holidays! We had a handful of Warrens' and the Collins' to our house for a four-day-baking-eating-drinking and gaming extravaganza! Rarely changing clothes, we just rotated between outfits-those with flour on them and those dribbled with liquor.
Homemade cinnamon rolls, peanut brittle, peppermint bark, gingerbread cookies and a lemon birthday cake made for me, rounded out our bellies and the memories we had growing up with Mom in the kitchen for days. The Guiterrez family looked great-happy and healthier than they have been in many winters-having been stuck inside for months on end while living in Chicago.

Needless to say, none of us can button our pants, despite the walks we took and the day of sledding. Knowing we won't see these goodies for another year makes all the bloating, weight
gain and under-eye-bags so worth it!
Gavin really got into Christmas with help from Becky and Mema who had planned special projects to do with him while here. They made modeling clay ornaments and really fancy gingerbread people that looked just like our family-wider than tall and without inseams! If we could have thrown in a few hammer-toes and moles they would have been a genetic match!

We missed those who were not with us but that meant more 42 for others and a new trivia game-yes Becky and Mema kicked all our butts. Ryan kept us all laughing with the sense of humor he has been graciously given by his folks and he was a huge help, following his Father, with the mountains of dishes, garbage and beer bottles that accumulated by the hour. We can't wait until he moves to Texas so we can see him even more! Happy New Year to All!

Saturday, December 4, 2010


Happy Holidays!
A mulligan, or a do-over, for those of us who do not golf, is a perfect way to describe our trip; we had so much fun and would love a repeat of Mexico with the Scott's. We had many adventures planned just for an active young family. Carla and Doug tailored a trip just for us with a hike, beach volleyball, a stocked fridge in our HUGE suite, club card for the resort and many amazing meals of fresh from the sea shrimp. I think I ate a pound a day! Not to mention they did a great job of entertaining Gavin with beach-side restaurants. Gavin is still telling everyone he slept on a boat! His classmates think that is really cool. Despite struggling with a double-ear infection, he was determined to have a good time while we were out and about. Carla chronicled our trip on her blog so I will be brief. See our pics on this page and under the slide show at your right. For more please visit her site; Big hugs and thanks to the Scott's who we will miss dearly at Christmas time in Ruidoso. Merry Christmas to all!