I spent Sunday with my parents trying to get the house in order, doing some last minute grocery shopping and trimming their tree (and putting bows and ribbons on my father's packages to give to my mother, because while he can *almost* wrap a box, he's all fumble fingers with ribbons!)
Monday we had dinner at my brother's (M) house, with his in-laws and M and K's next door neighbor. The girls were all excited, and B was jumping about in her new shoes and fell face first into the edge of a table. Poor w00bie! She has a lovely black and blue mark on her cheek - it looks like someone punched her. But, she got the klutzy genes from our side of the family, and there are five adult witnesses that can say she did it all on her lonesome.
After dinner, we had dessert - little ice cream balls with coconut and each one had a birthday candle. We sang (!) the happy birthday song to baby Jesus (I don't get it either), and blew out the one candle in our dessert. G and B each tried to be the "last" one to blow out their candle. Oh, Girls!
Christmas Lunch at my parent's house was lovely, if chaotic. Then we opened presents - I got a couple of good photos of the girls with their gifts. B lagged behind, and G got frustrated and "helped" her a couple of times.
My father actually bought my mother an iPhone. For those that know my mother, this is a *really* funny gift for her. She does *nothing* with computers, or technology if she can help it. She's had an email account for all of six months (just for store business - she's part of an artists cooperative store, and they all have an email list), and stopped checking it four months ago - too stressful.
They don't own a microwave, and the TV/DVD player confuses her. She just doesn't like technology very much. But he got her an iPhone, because he thinks she will have an easier time acclimatizing to using it for computer-like uses.
I got a boxful of socks! I love socks! And my mom gave me about eight pairs all wrapped up in a box - untold riches! My "big" gift was a rather sizable gift card - I have lots to spend on myself! My brother and sister-in-law gave me a wooden nut bowl. And a couple of bags of mixed nuts. I choose to read nothing into the gift.
The girls got me a rather nice scented candle. Then B wanted to set up the toy I got her (a Playmobile play set), and G wanted to break into the lego train set my parents gave her, so we all sat around and started building things. The pink castle room went together rather well, I thought. And apart from not liking the "bad one" of the set (the set has a figure dressed in a long black cloak and labeled a "witch" - I prefer to think of her as the wicked step mother, because all stories seem to have a wicked step mother.) she loved it, mostly because it is pink and has a princess and a fairy godmother (complete with wings). K napped on the couch during this furious activity. She seems to fall asleep at the drop of a hat when pregnant - which must be lovely.
Then they went home (before going back out for dinner at K's parents house, with overtired little ones, joy! We did that particular dance *last* year) and my parents and I made dinner for just us. Lasagna, roasted asparagus, and my mother and I had pumpkin mousse cake for dessert. My dad had apple pie. All in all, it was a fine, if exhausting day. I was happy to come home and crash.
I hope all your holidays are fantastic this year, and that the coming year is better than the current one!