Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! Last night while we were at Vana and Joe's house, my family gathered to sing Mele Kalikimaka. Dad played guitar, and Uncle Mark played the lap steel. They sound so great!

We gathered at Mom and Dad's house on Christmas morning, with the usual ridiculous pile of presents. We love presents!

Pete, Mer, Kate and Uncle Mark!

Mom got some sweet gardening tools!

Little Kate and I wore the matching unicorn slippers that we got for Christmas last year!

The really really BIG present was an iPad for Kate. She was totally overwhelmed when she opened it and almost cried!!

Pretty serious gift!! Getting it set up was a family affair.

We took a break for breakfast. Fruit!

Eggs to order!

Potato and sausage hash!

Michele gave us some power muffins that she made. We nibbled on them throughout the morning! Thanks, Michele!


Even more exciting than BACON!!!

All together now! With sourdough toast from Athens Bread Company. Mmm.

Back to presents!

Mer, Mom and I picked this shirt out for Pete at Nordstrom Rack. It's totally not his style, but it's SO COOL that we were hoping he would be swayed by it's ultimate awesomeness and want to keep it!

Unfortunately, after thinking about it, he chose to return it. It was worth a shot!! Isn't it awesome, though?

Kate got fancy unicorn nails!

Pete and Ben got matching coffee mugs!

New shirt for Dad!

Carl sent Dad this cool hat from China!!


We took a break after the exhaustive present opening, and reconvened at Mer, Pete and Kate's for dinner. Mer made meatloaf!

She also made the Fairytale of New York cocktail from Smitten Kitchen. This is a recipe I've always wanted to taste, so I'm super glad she made them! They were DELICIOUS.

Wedge salads have officially become a Christmas dinner tradition, since we went bonkers over them last year.

Look at this snowman pepper grinder. LOOK AT HOW CUTE HE IS!!!

Mmm! Meatloaf, mashed potato and greens!

Kate and Ben. NERD ALERT!

Mer made a variety of Christmas cookies. They were all delicious!

It's been a fantastic Christmas! I hope everyone is having a wonderful, magical day.

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