Friday - Dinner party with Great Grandma Eldine, Grandma Jan, Eliott and Jack, my parents and Kip. Eldine and Jan planned the party but we hosted it at our house. Lovely sit-down dinner (I used my goblets for the first time! They've been in storage for over ten years). The meal included pork roast, "potatoes-in-the-half-shell," mixed vegetables, rolls, and salad - all of which were very tasty. The salad was the only thing I had to provide so I felt pretty lucky! My mom provided homemade peach pie or chocolate mousse for dessert. Yum! After the meal, we played a couple of games and the kids played some Christmas songs on the piano. Then came the gifts. Phones for all - compliments of Uncle Eliott. Afterall, he does own a phone company! Thanks to Eldine and Jan for a very fun and enjoyable evening.
Saturday - Weston's birthday - but before we could get around to celebrating there were a few other things to do...First, woke up bright and early for the 8:30 am choir rehearsal. It was a very productive practice and we were rewarded with homemade cinnamon rolls - thanks to the Bishop and his wife. I was feeling much better about the choir program after our two hour rehearsal. After lunch we took the kids to "Cousins' Day" - a wonderful tradition of Grandpa Dave and Connie. The kids spent the afternoon making elaborate gingerbread houses, playing Christmas games, and eating lots of pizza and candy. It gave Wes and I a couple of free hours. Wes took a birthday nap and I got busy getting ready for his birthday party. Actually it was a birthday party/football game party. My family came and we took a break from fancy Christmas food to have typical football game faire -hot dogs, chips, licorice, and other snacks. It wasn't the most appetizing meal but it was easy! Skipped the birthday cake and made ice cream pies for dessert. (Store bought oreo pie crusts with peppermint ice cream - topped with hot fudge sauce - again, very easy!) We played some games and Wes got some fun presents but I think the highlight of the evening was that BYU won the game - by pure luck!
Sunday - A busy morning including choir practice and preparations for the family Christmas party at my mom's house that night. The choir Christmas program went very well - everyone did a great job and there was such a nice spirit during the meeting. Isaac sang a solo for the first verse of Silent Night and there wasn't a dry eye in the place. So sweet. I was so pleased with how it all went and had such a feeling of relief when it was over! Right after church we hurried to my mom's house for the traditional family Christmas Eve party (which we don't actually hold on Christmas Eve anymore). I will dedicate another post to this fun event.
Today is Christmas Eve and after the busy weekend, we are all feeling content to just relax and enjoy the fact that we don't have anywhere to go (which is why I have the time to write this post)! Tonight will be very low-key. Probably just leftovers from all of the parties for dinner, sitting by the Christmas tree, reading favorite Christmas stories and the kids will receive their new PJs. Merry Christmas!