Jake arrived in time for the sugar cookies with sprinkles.
In the afternoon, during kids nap time, the big kids added icing features to the gingerbread animals. We had dinner out and then went to Zoo Lights in Tacoma.
Christmas Eve the kids played in the morning while Corey and Jill shopped and Tom and I cooked. Then about 2:00 we headed to Gig Harbor for Christmas Eve with Tom's sister Jan.
We had fresh crab and steak for dinner. Yum. And then the twins cleaned up the kitchen.
There were plenty of cookies and Tom's famous hazel nut torte for dessert. Irene liked the chocolate leaves.
Auntie Jan loves the precious time she has with her grand niece and nephew.
Back at our house, we put out magic reindeer food.
One final pop up book with Grandpa before it was time for bed.
Christmas Day was a whirl of activity, with Isaac and I the first ones up to peek under the tree. The 42 pound box that Jill and Corey shipped to Seattle is now being shipped back to Fort Morgan weighing 60 pounds!
Jill and the kids left very early Tuesday morning, and Tom and I have been slowly getting back to normal. We haven't undecorated yet, but the house is cleaned and laundry done. The leftovers supplied several meals but now they're gone, and today I made a run to the grocery store. Left over cookies have been stashed in the freezer.
- My back problem gave me a lot of trouble and caused me some sleepless nights, so I'm back to doing my exercises and getting some recliner time in hopes of alleviating the discomfort. This evening we'll sit and watch the first installment of Planet Earth on our new Blu-Ray player. Tomorrow I'll unpack my new toy, and that will be another posting.
We're moving on, headed for a new year and a new decade.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!