Monday Christmas Eve Thread 12/24

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Monday Christmas Eve Thread 12/24
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Mon, 12-24-2012 - 9:19am

Morning ladies!  So are you ready?  What are your plans for today?  Do you have any family get togethers, or Christmas Eve services?  

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Mon, 12-24-2012 - 9:27am

Morning!  We are off to a slow start this morning.  Of course Tim is off, but he's also sick.  But feeling better today.  Kids are still sleeping.  We are done shopping and wrapping.  Today I will spend the day cleaning, baking and getting our breakfast casserole ready to throw in the oven in the morning.  I have our dinner for tomorrow thawing as well.  I need to run put some gas in my car cuase it's sitting on empty and I know I will forget if I leave it for after Christmas.  

Tonight my mom will come over for Christmas Eve stuff.  She brings her gifts for us and we unwrap them since it cause us to have so many.  This is our way of spliting it up.  In the past she would provide dinner but she can't do that this year so I am making a pork tenderloin for dinner with roast potatoes.  

I will say it now since there is no telling if I will make it on tomorrow, I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!!!

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Mon, 12-24-2012 - 10:50am

Good morning!  DH is off reading his new book, DS is reading the directions to his new board game and I'm taking it easy.    We had a great visit with my parents and grandma yesterday.  The house was company ready, the  table looked beautiful, the food very good, the dogs well behaved, and  good conversation.  I served apple brined pork chops with baked potatoes (fixings on the side) and a spinich/goat cheese/cranberry/walnut salad with rosemary rolls.  Everything was tastey.  After dinner everyone played a game while I made choclate cherry bread pudding.  It was involved ( for me) and took forever( not at all like on Chopped) but it and the cherry sauce was decadent and divine.  My parents loved the books I picked out for them and we were pleased with their generosity.  I was very happy that they bought actual gifts rather than money.

Today I need to go grocery shopping.  When we went Saturday, the bill was over $200 and I knew DH would flip if it was over $400 so I broke it up into 2 trips.  This afternoon we'll go out for a late lunch/early dinner at PF Changs.  Then home to pick up the pups and drive through our city light display while listening to holiday music and eating candy canes.  Home for desert (we have a few to choose from), the traditional reading of A Night Before Christmas and then Zeph can open his gift from my ILs.   He is going to be speechless to unwrap an Itouch.  Should make for a pretty good video moment.   I'm sure he'll want to stuff the pet stockings before going to bed also.  

I;m being called to join in the watching of A Christmas Story.    Enjoy your families everyone! 

 

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Mon, 12-24-2012 - 2:47pm

We did the light drive thru last night.  It was a last minute splurge for the kids.  Tim wasn't feeling well so he stayed home in bed.  It was the same ole, same ole.  Nothing new.  We probably won't  ever go again.  We have seen it so many times it wasn't pretty anymore, rather boring.  We did see a car that the people had decorated all up with lights, a sled and santa on top where the travel rack is.  It was a site to see.  LOL  We enjoyed it more then the drive thru lights.  

I have tonights dinner in the crock pot and I have one more group of cookies to make and I am done.  Made the pumpkin bread which actually makes three loaves.  Takes forever to cook so I usually put it off, but this is my thrid set of loaves I made this year since Just before Thanksgiving, so I am done make pumpkin bread for the year.  Not sure the girls will make the sugar cookies today.  We might put those off for a thing to make while on break.

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Wed, 12-26-2012 - 9:30am

We've only done the light display the past couple of years and the city keeps adding so it's still new.  We typically do the zoo with my parents and carol to the animals and enjoy the festivities there, but Zeph asked for a year off.  Hope Tim is feeling better.

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Thu, 12-27-2012 - 9:47am

Sorry for not  checking in this week. The inlaws are visiting. Monday, they got here around 11 a.m. We spent the day together. I cooked a glazed corned beef, noodle pudding and veggie sides.  My niece showed up around 5:30, gave the kids their gifts and we all had drinks and dinner.  She stayed til about 9:30. The inlaws stayed til around 10:00. Then DH did his wrapping, I stuffed the stockings, got the gifts under the tree and went to sleep around midnight. I miss the days of the Christmas Eve story and the cookies/eggnog for Santa.

                                              Mindy

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Thu, 12-27-2012 - 10:46am

This year it was obvious that Zeph was feeling the tug of being more grown up but still wanting the traditions of his childhood. I don't know how many more years i have of us reading Night Before Christmas.  DH is the force behind cookies for Santa-probably becasue he always eats them!   

Is noodle pudding like kugel?  It sounds delicious!