Post Christmas festivities...part 1

Thursday, January 1, 2015

The Friday after Christmas was a low-key day for company yet. Caleb did have a full day of tennis.  So that meant some play time at home for the girls.  I snapped a few shots of them blowing bubbles outside, as they waited for Caleb to get back from tennis.
 Saturday afternoon my sister and her crew arrived.  I spent the entire morning and first part of the afternoon making homemade chocolate ice cream and a fluffy vanilla cake with sweet buttercream frosting, for Jesus's birthday, of course.  I finished up with all that just in time for company to arrive.  Soon afterward Patrick had to run errands.   So I enlisted the help of my sister for dinner that night.  We made chicken parmigiana with homemade fettuccini.  Yum!  Then it was time to sing Happy Birthday to Jesus and dig in to some cake and ice cream.
 The next day the cousins hung out and played together.  There were several games of ping pong, and even the three year olds tried to play.  It was hilariously cute!
 They managed to watch just one movie, Frozen of course.  My nephew Josh was soo stinkin' cute singing and dancing to "Let It Go."
 There was a lot of block building going on, the Great Wall of China and cars to name a few.
 Then after a delicious dinner of bacon wrapped filet mignon and stuffed shrimp with mashed potatoes, green beans with lemon and almonds, and spoon bread, it was time to open presents yet again.
 I just had to share the cute lens coffee mug my sister and I both received from her in-laws.
 After presents and dessert, the big girls put on a puppet show for us with the kids new puppet theater. And when the big girls were done, the three year olds grabbed some stuffed animals and put on a "puppet" show of their own.
After the show, it was time to say good-bye to Andy and his parents, as he had to work the next day.  However, my sister stayed with her kids because we all headed down to South Florida the next day to spend it with our dear cousins Ed and Eileen.  That part will be continued....


Deb 1/01/2015  

Thanks for capturing my memories (lol)! We had a fabulous time hanging out with you guys! Can't wait to see the next installment.

June K 1/01/2015  

Thanks for sharing. That mug is so cute. You have a gorgeous home. Love the play area and pool for the kids - well, I guess for the grown-ups, too. :)

michele 1/05/2015  

The coffee mugs are very cute!
Happy New Year!

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