Sorry I’ve been gone so long, folks! It’s been a busy holiday with lots of visitors. All of our guests are gone now and it’s back to our regularly scheduled programming! I’ve still got to get all of our pictures up on shutterfly, so stay tuned for that. For now, here’s a summary of the past week.
My sister and her husband came to visit. We had lots of good food (Italian, German, Indian) and really enjoyed spending time together. Jack is madly in love with his aunt and uncle and we can’t wait to visit them in Maryland in the spring.
Our holiday was busy yet relaxed. We saw my grandparents on Christmas Eve. They brought Jack a wonderful gift – a fifty year old child-sized rocking chair that used to belong to my great aunt. A fabulous family heirloom that my grandfather shined up for Jack. It was wonderfully thoughtful! We all went out to dinner and it was the best time I’ve ever had with my grandparents!
Christmas day we had breakfast at my mom’s. Jack played dominos and then took a walk with Aunt Holly and Uncle Mike. We then went to my uncle’s house for dinner, games, and presents – something I haven’t done in about 10 years. It was wonderful introducing Jack to everyone and catching up with the family!
We had Christmas dinner with my sister-in-law, brother-in-law, and niece. The kids were set up on the couch and we got some lovely snapshots of them together. It really completed the day to see Jack giving his cousin kisses!
Joe’s parents arrived on the 26th and we had our holiday celebration brunch on the 27th at the rec room in our apartment building. This was my first attempt at entertaining family (I even cooked!) and I think I pulled it off fairly well. We had a relaxed rest of the week and Jack was giving his grandparents hugs and kisses and even called them “Gama” and “Papa” which was just great!
There were also a couple days in there where I got to see my friends Beth and Jenn. I will see them both again (separately) today!
I have some interesting updates to post regarding food but I will save that for tomorrow. I am just so happy to report that the holiday went well and will be remembered fondly. Best of all: we don’t have loads of toys to get rid of because most people gave Jack books and clothes. Yay!