That is the sound that has reverberated through my mind all year - whoosh, and it's over!! Really quite the whirlwind and 2011 promises to be even more so. Taking one day at a time though. :)
Christmas was our usual house full of family, 23 of us this year! We should have had one more, but nephew Taylor had to stay in Boise for work. (We missed you, Taylor!) On Christmas Eve, I roasted the turkey and prepared the salmon chowder. How we look forward to that chowder all year long! Then it's candlelight service at church.
On Christmas morning, things start out pretty quiet as the kids don't wake up at 6 a.m. these days - teenagers! All the better for Mystie's family to have their own gift opening. While waiting for my adult kids to arrive, we nosh on cinnamon bread and coffee.
At last we're all together and the gift opening begins.
It takes about three hours for us to get through all the gifts. The last one opened was mine from DH and the kids. They bought me a Nook!
I now have several library books on it and have really enjoyed using it. Thanks to Gary and the kids!!
Lots of merriment followed the gifting, including snacking, cooking, chopping, chatting, carving, etc. This year I tried a new vegetable dish, Bobby Flay's roasted brussels sprouts with pomegranates and vanilla-pecan butter. Really good, and even better the second day! Mystie brought her traditional layered jello and 7-up salad, plus roasted mushrooms and garlic. Quite a treat! And I can't leave out that my sister, Janeale, baked 40 dozen cookies to bring up for the weekend. Yes, almost 500 cookies! Remember those teenagers? Seven of them are boys who inhale them. Janeale is the cookie master, each one is perfectly delicious. :)
The McCleeses hung around until Monday. That evening Geoff, Gary, I, Jim and Paula, drove out to Prosser for a little wine tasting and microbrew sampling. I, the non beer drinker, even had a sampling of three beers/stouts at the Whitstran brewery and actually enjoyed them, although I like my wines better. :)
The Boise Paulsons left Tuesday and it's been kinda quiet ever since. With all the merriment over Christmas, I do enjoy a quiet New Year's Eve and that's just what I have planned for tonight.
To you, my friend, I wish God's blessings of peace, love, and laughter throughout all of 2011!