Wishing Jesus a very Happy Birthday today! Thanks so much for loving me in spite of me.
I hope you're enjoying good times with your friends and family - in all its fun and sometimes awkward glory. Please excuse me while I try to earn a bigger jeans size and play with all of my children's awesome toys and crafts for a few days.
We spent a Merry Christmas Eve with my parents and my sister and her husband: small breakfast for the girls gift opening with Bill and the girls brunch (tocino, eggs, rice, and samporado) at my parent's with Evan and Sarah home to tidy up the house and cook a few things my parents, Evan and Sarah come over for dinner and gifts Mom and Sarah bring ham, turkey, mashed potatoes, palabok, and rolls I have beverages (try this Wassail recipe!), sweet potato casserole and corn casserole sweet friends drop by girls' annual Christmas "performance"
This is the first year we've been able to go, and it was lots of fun. The weather was perfect, and the crowds weren't bad at all. We were kind of nervous waiting in line for the Festhaus, especially when
...that phrase is my FAVORITE when all the kids get together.
All the girls (and the cousins) were super excited because NeNe and PaPa came to visit for the weekend. Tonight we went over to Uncle Brian and Aunt Jen's house for dinner with everyone
(our family, Bill's sister's family, NeNe and PaPa, Lolo and Lola, and Keith).
If only you could be a fly on a wall during our after-dinner entertainment:
We've narrowed down what we'd like to get
for our girls, our friends, and the rest of our family.
It's not much, and I'm in love with that.
We're scaling the gift madness down before we get ahead of ourselves
and become too focused on the the what instead of the Why of this season.