Friday, December 28, 2012

Still Christmas

On Wednesday morning we awoke to a beautiful layer of thick white snow.  Of course it didn't nearly reach the 12 inches that were predicted, but we were so happy with our White Christmas.  And of course it wasn't really Christmas, but it still felt like it to me.  We celebrated with my dad on Wednesday since we could all be there...except for my brother that is.  He was missed so very much!
While Opa watched Eleanor, Alex and I got outside for a little playtime with Taylor.
In all these photos it sure looks like Taylor has the upper hand.  Alex is a very good sport!
We attempted to get a family photo for Eleanor's very first snow.  Clearly she wasn't happy with the cold wind on her face.
Lots of cooking and baking went on all day and I popped in and out of the house to make sure everything was going well.  Dad and I became a team, with Alex subbing in when I needed to nurse.
 Soon the feast was prepared, everyone had arrived and we were ready to eat!
I feel so grateful this year to spend so much time with my family.  I know Alex and I planned this Christmas with my family, but I am so very thankful to him for sacrificing so we could be here in Missouri.  Of course I miss his family too, but I know it must be hard on him.  It really registered while he talked with his family on the phone on Christmas.  Other than my brother I didn't have anyone to call on this holiday.  I got to spend nearly 4 whole days at my mom's and now 4 days at my dad's and so much time with both my sisters and my nephew and new baby niece.  And this weekend I will get all the brother-sister time I can get!  Again, I am just so grateful!
Dinner included turkey, and fake turkey (Quorn Turkey Roast) and all the fixings: a delicious roasted sweet potato dish I whipped up, mashed potatoes, green beans, stuffing, cranberry sauce and an arugula salad with pistachios and pomegranate arils.
And of course there were plenty of desserts to go around.
This plate was shared with Alex.  We had Empire Cookies, pumpkin pie, pecan pie and chocolate fudge.  One bite of each was enough for me.  I think I am truly ready to cut out sugar!  I may be in a coma until New Year's!

It was another beautiful celebration with my wonderful family.  I am so sad Will couldn't be here and I just can't wait for him to arrive this weekend! 

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