We flew into LA on Christmas Eve morning and then came back to Augusta on Sunday afternoon — short trip, but we missed our puppy and Chris had to get back to work. Since we woke up at 0200 Christmas Eve morning (east coast time) and stayed up that night until about 2200 (west coast time), it was pretty much the longest day ever. You’d think that would mean that I would sleep in the next day, but I was up at 0500, watching TV and reading the newspaper with my dad until my mom and little brother work up at 0600. Chris very clearly stated that he was not awake and would not be awake for awhile. Traditionally, me and the three older kids have all opened our presents together, so I just watched while Ant opened his presents.
He got an XBox 360 and a couple different games, including Modern Warfare 2. I told him that Chris would probably play that with him and he immediately wanted to wake up Chris. Whoops… I got him to hold off for about an hour an a half at least. They played a lot over the weekend though. At one point, Ant told Chris that he’s starting to think of him as his “bro-sis” now. We will never be quite sure what that means but it’s probably a good thing coming from the kid who, when told that Chris was now his brother-in-law, said, “Yeah, IN-LAW. I don’t care about the law.”
I got my dad this Join or Die shirt from Ranger Up.
Mom got a Norman Rockwell Christmas ornament from Cracker Barrel — she gets an ornament every year.
Then by some magic, Mickey woke up!
And so did Chris!
Chris had a very Star Trek Christmas: Star Trek Uno, Star Trek Monopoly, Star Trek comic omnibus, and this Star Trek stocking that my crafty teacher-y sister made for him.
I had a very Russian Christmas: Russian vodka in a cool decorative Matrioshka bottle, Russian cook book, Matrioshka salt and pepper shakers, Matrioshka Christmas ornament, and a set of Russian/Soviet leader shot glasses (for shots of the Russian vodka, naturally). My younger brother and oldest sister went through the entire cookbook and made me pronounce things (anything с грибным соусом was a favorite). After I pronounced things, they would laugh and say, “OMG Carrot, you sound foreign!” My brother also started talking with a thick Russian accent and claiming that he speaks Russian.
My sister got Wii games –but not from me. I gave her a cookbook.
My brother got a leopard print Snuggie. I’m jealous… that thing is so warm!
There was a lot of food consumed (cookies, sandwiches, toffee, peanut butter balls, french toast, breakfast burritos, pan dulce, bagels, and more that I can’t even remember…) and on Sunday, as we were preparing to leave, my sister and family were sitting down to make tamales. If you haven’t ever made tamales, you can’t understand the amount of work that goes into those. We usually make them once a year in December and have enough to freeze to last awhile. They ended up making 24 dozen I think. My dad said when we used to make them at my grandma’s house, we would make 144 dozen O_o I spread masa on four or five hojas and then stole some of the meat for a burrito and left for the airport.
Oh, it should be noted that at some point on Sunday morning, Chris realized he hadn’t seen his keys since the day we got there. We searched all over my parents’ house and all over my sister’s house, but they were nowhere. We eventually just gave up, got a hotel room in Atlanta for the night, and called a locksmith in the morning to make a new key for Chris’s car. And of course, my mom found the keys the night we left.
It’s nice to be back home though. Bones was staying with some of Chris’s friends, who were happy to have her but probably just as happy to give her back. Now we’re just relaxing… Chris worked today, but has the rest of the week off. Our only goal is to finally go to Cracker Barrel and get two rocking chairs. Oh, and go to Sticky Fingers on my birthday for a free half rack of ribs.
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