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Thursday, January 01, 2009


I have to say that the greatest thing about Christmas these days is watching all the kids with their presents. While I love getting my own gifts, it doesn't even compare to seeing the kids play with their toys or even the wrapping paper (in the case of Aaron.) I drove up to K-town on Christmas Eve, stopping off to see Grandma J. (For those who don't know, she is currently in the hospital with congestive heart failure and staph pneumonia.) Mom, Dad, and I went out to Texas Roadhouse for dinner on Christmas Eve and then watched Wall-E, which was very cute considering how little dialogue it has. On Christmas day we made the rounds to see the kids. We started at Lauren's house, where I got into Lauren's little playhouse. We then stopped off at the hospital to see Grandma and wish Aunt Linda and Aunt Peggy a Merry Christmas. After a brief stop at home, we continued on to Isaac and Aaron's house, to Tanner and Ava's house, and we finished up at Sidney and Wyatt's house. (Sorry, but my siblings were not the main events so they are not considered the owners or main residents of the houses.) Jeremy and Britnie made an excellent dinner after which Sidney gave Mom and I a makeover and we all played Scene It. I rocked the first game, but was thoroughly trounced by Jeremy in the second game. (He didn't play the first game.)
On the day after Christmas, all my siblings and their children came to Mom and Dad's house where we had Christmas #2. I think Josh and Brooke appreciated the meat pounder I gave them (I knew I was going to buy that for them ever since I found out I had drawn their names for Christmas.) I loved the sweater, crock pot, books, and picture boards I received. After a wonderful meal by Mom, we all opened Christmas presents. It is always funny to see little kids open gifts. One child would open a gift and all the children would then want to play with it. Sharing became an issue but everyone was very well behaved considering how late it was. It was a great Christmas. (The picture is of the pot roast, potatoes, and carrots that I made in my new crock pot. It is great!)


Jennifer said...

Mmmm. That pot roast does look good! Here's another tasty and easy crock pot meal

1 lb. boneless skinless chicken
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes (dice fine)
1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes (or a couple of dashes of tabasco, or skip entirely)

Put it all in the crockpot and cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 8-10. Good for chicken tacos.

Jennifer said...

Whoops, I forgot to tell you to shred the chicken and put it into the crockpot. It will soak up some of the juices.

Recipe from Prudency Pennywise blog.