|Brandon, G-pa, G-ma, Me, Kent, and Marissa at Kent's graduation party--12/17/11|
Christmas is always such a whirlwind--and begins on Black Friday for our family. This year we weren't waking up at 3 am to hit the stores; instead, not going to sleep and getting there at 8 pm. As most of you know, I wasn't too fond of these changes and hope that next year the stores get it right. Black Friday is the starting gate for Christmas--and I was out to a beautiful lead. That first weekend the shopping was done, the tree was up, the house was aglow, and cards ready to be mailed. That's how I roll.
|Kent, me, my mom, and dad in our ugly sweaters--|
Christmas Eve 2011
|Amanda & Marissa|
When we arrived at the Dosco's place, new introductions were to be made. We met his sister, her family, and his mom. They were all kind and welcoming. The food my sister and Kyle put together was ridiculous. Starting with all the apps--from shrimp cocktail to stuffed
mushrooms, Amanda's now famous Oreo balls to Marissa's 7 layer bars. There was a ton of food! By the time dinner arrived--complete with a brisket that spent 16 hours on their grill, asparagus, green bean casserole, homemade mac-n-cheese, and more--there was no room in my belly. I ate no dinner. Was too full!
Following dinner, we had the ugly sweater contest. The winner was hands down--no competition for my father! His beautifully crafted tinseled cuffs stole the show! Kent and I wore former "winners" from a party in 2008. Bran and Roo removed theirs as soon as we arrived and they saw not everyone was part of the contest... It was fun!
|G-pa, Kent, and Fuzz|
Christmas Eve is a bit different in our home now that Brandon's 17 and Rissa's 15. Getting them to bed "early" so Santa can arrive just doesn't happen any more. Kent and I filled the stockings, and hit the hay. Brandon, Amanda, and Marissa were busy wrapping gifts and just hanging out the way cousins do. "Make sure you don't stay up too late--gotta work in the morning," I told Fuzz--something I've never had to say before. He was schedule to work on Christmas morning at 8 am.
|Kent and Michael|
|Me and Joelle in our new|