My goodness! Life at Adrian's Crazy Life is just as crazy as usual. Even though I've been on "vacation" for the last couple of days, I've been working a To Do list that would choke a horse! I haven't even wrapped a single present for my kids and I NEVER leave my wrapping for this late.
What have I been doing you ask? Well, I'll tell you. I'll even show you some pictures. First of all, I put out a record number of cards - about 80 this year. Not all of them were home made, but about half were. The rest were very cute photo cards I put together using these pictures.
I hadn't made photo cards before, but my niece always sends me photo cards of her family and I really enjoy seeing the kids grow each year. So I decided to try it this year. But of course, I had to include our kitties in the pictures. That is why the caption said "Meowy Christmas". They were very cute.
Blake had his Christmas program which was really cute. They have had a recorder class and his group got to play their recorders instead of singing. I was quite impressed. I thought they did extremely well with as little time as they had to practice. He's been really into it. I think he's picked up some of my musical abilities. I was a music major in college and at different times I have played five different instruments (none very well, sadly!). I also sing in the church choir and will be singing at both Christmas Eve services tomorrow night.
Here's Blake with his Rudolph nose and his Santa hat and of course his beloved Utes sweatshirt! Cute boy!
Last night we went to our friend's home for a combination Christmas/birthday party. We had such a fun time with them and didn't get home until after midnight. After a few of Pat's patented Tom and Jerrys, I slept like a rock! Poor Blake was so tired after staying up so late, he fell asleep in front of the TV this afternoon and he almost never does that. See what I mean about a busy week?
Tonight we had our family Christmas party. My sister has recently moved out of the area, so I decided to pitch in and invite everyone to my new house for Christmas this year. It was a good test to see how many people my house could hold. I had about 40 for Matt's graduation party, but that was in the summer, so I could have people outside. This time we ended up with 25 including kids and a couple of our good friends from church. It was a tight squeeze and some of them ended up having to eat off TV trays in the living room, but it all worked and we had a simply wonderful time!
My family is such fun when they all get together. My mom always had a tradition that she would always try to find a really cool and unusual gift for each family every year. One year it was something called a "bang-twister" - some kind of a hammer/pliers combination. Another year it was hand-held collanders that were shaped kind of like lacrosse racquets. The last year it was special kitchen scissors with a magnetic holder that sticks on your fridge. We all still have ours and use them to death!
I can't ever manage to top Mom, but I do try to find something fun and interesting for the herd of little boys we have. This year it was Snow Throwers. It's a long plastic tube and you stick it in the snow and pick up a snowball and then you can fling it clear down the street. I got 5 of them for all my little great-nephews plus Matt and Blake - but I wished I bought an even dozen or so of them because immediately all of my big nephews in their 30's and 40's decided that they wanted to get in on the fun. The little ones were happy after about 10 minutes, but the big guys were out there for about an hour flinging snowballs at everything that moved. Fun stuff.
I wish I'd gotten some decent pictures, but I was so darn busy. Usually I try to keep dinners like this pretty easy, but I got it into my head that I needed to cook a big turkey and that was our big downfall. I was worried about having room in the oven for the side dishes, so we borrowed an electric turkey broiler from some friends.
Unfortunately, it didn't work as well as we had hoped and we ended up with a living room full of hungry people and a decidedly unbrowned turkey.
So we made a hasty transfer to the oven and put out more chips and Christmas candy. Eventually, it all got done and we had a delicious dinner. (This is a picture of Blake's nutcracker collection. He wanted me to add it in "just because".)
Whew! I am one tired cookie after all that. And I still have three presents to buy (the mall on Christmas Eve - ugh) and about a zillion gifts to wrap, plus singing at the two services. Hey, we don't call it Adrian's Crazy Life for nothin'!
Oh well, I have some great books set aside and after Christmas morning, I am going to park my butt on the couch and tear up all my to-do lists and get down to the business of enjoying my Christmas vacation.
Merry Christmas to you and yours!