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
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!