I hope your holiday was full of joy. We had some fun experiences, and plenty of laughs. With lots of hugs.
We started out our two day, holiday extravaganza with a nice, long walk in the woods on Christmas Eve.
It has been mild weather, ideal for a light jacket and some time in the trees.
Albie took that literally, and showed off his climbing abilities. That boy loves to climb trees.
Dewdrop likes to be a damsel in distress waiting to be saved from her perch in the branches.
And her Pop Pop is always happy to step in and help her down.
Katie's girls are as adventurous as Albie and showed off their circus skills by straying off the path and up the branches at every turn of the trail.
Of course, when you hang out with trapeze artists and circus performers on a regular basis, things usually get interesting.
We also had a big, family yoga session before our dinner Christmas Day.
Which soon led to a human pyramid.
Or three. (Although this one is only 2/3 human)
Notice that I am not in any of the piles? I was in charge of Santa Hats and photos. Somehow, I wasn't added to the stacks of people, I think my reputation for clumsiness is pretty well known.
Our Thursday was full of exciting deliveries, there were presents being left on the porch all day! One was a package of steaks which came with DRY ICE packed in it.
I was intrigued by the dry ice and used it to create a mini fog machine in this old, silver coffee pot, with the mist flowing from the spout and around the evergreen branches. (Adding rubbing alcohol to the block makes clouds of swirling fog rise from it)
We also tried making sushi on Christmas Eve.
Tried pretty hard.
Then my husband got us some take out.
It was a little like the Bumpas' hounds ruining Christmas dinner in A Christmas Story.
On Christmas morning, we had evidence of the Jolly Old Elf's visit, by the tracks of glitter left on the floor. And I have a feeling, I'll be seeing remnants of that holiday magic for the rest of the year.
The evening ended with Elf and Nightmare Before Christmas, after a big poker tournament where Ryan won 40 bucks from his cousins and was beaming with pride.
I'll leave you with a few more pictures of our celebration, and wishes for a happy holiday season to you too.