A few days before Christmas, Greg and my Mom and I, went out to visit some dear friends. Dan lives in the canyon, amidst 400 year old oak trees, and has a beautiful property that I love to visit!! While we strolled the property, I realized that I had left my camera on his kitchen counter. Darn. His lovely older sister Marjie, and her husband Jerry were visiting from their home in Santa Maria. I just love this couple. They are so special! Oh, and she has chickens!!!!
My Knitty Biddies would have loved to see these stockings!
On Christmas Eve, we had our third annual enchilada making party. Everyone contributes in some way. All must wear an apron, and each one has a job to do. We make dozens and dozens of enchiladas, and a huge mess along the way. We had a blast, just as we did last year too.
We steamed the tamales in my favorite steamer. I got this at a thrift shop, a few years ago. My Swedish friends will have to tell me what it says. But I sure do love it!!
The kiddos ran around like excited kids will do, on the Eve of Christmas!!!!!
Noah woke at a decent hour, and we all gathered around the tree to watch his excitement as he saw what Santa had brought him.
Erika apparently wanted to be in every photo.
My Mom got all of us a Duck Dynasty Tee Shirt!
My Mom's dear friend Judy sent me some of her famous fudge. She knows I have a sweet tooth, and she is a wonderful baker, bringing all sorts of goodies to my Mom's house when she comesThank you Judy! It was so good!
Instead of my Mom giving each of us gifts this year, she put the money she would have spent, into a glass jar, and brought us the jar, with the explanation that we were to be thinking of something fun to do as a family, together! Maybe a trip to Catalina? The horse races? A nice dinner out somewhere? We are all thinking about our ideas, and when we have each had to time to submit our ideas, we will vote.
We often go to the movies on Christmas night, but decided we would just go home this time, since we were in our jammies and all. It was a really nice Christmas. Family.....it is everything!!!!
I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas too!
Oh, and what did Santa bring me? Well, I actually got it for myself. A cute Pottery Barn chest of drawers The drawers are heavy wicker, that slide onto a wooden rail. Each basket has a pretty leather pull. It it three tier, with each tier having a different size basket.
Yesterday, I spent the entire day taking all of Christmas down, boxing it, and putting it away until next year!!!! It always feels so good to get the house back to normal, whatever that is?
We are heading up the hill in a little while here. I will be back in a couple of days with some mountain fun to post.