Clover and I went over to my mom’s on Wednesday for an early Christmas celebration with her and my sisters and the cousins. Here I am by the tree with little Miss Mary Christmas herself.
Mom in the kitchen with my sister Val. For lunch, she cooked up a delicious veggie lasagna with garlic bread and I whipped up my signature salad, super simple and always a crowd pleaser, I'll have to tell you about it sometime.
My mom and her husband love hunting down treasures at flea markets and antique stores and have a home full of wonderful finds. I loved the fun contrast of festive touches and funny little Christmasy critters against their Native American/Mexican/Southwest/folk art inspired decor.
They've got an amazing collection of blankets and rugs too. That was their sweet cat Buddy sprawled out on one of them. Poor thing was limping around all day with an injured paw :(
Wednesday afternoon was the only time that worked out for all us girls to get together. Unfortunately for our men folk, they had to work, making it just the girls this year, which was actually kind of fun.
Speaking of the girls, I've already introduced my Mom and Val. I'm the oldest of four and Val (closest to me in age) is two years younger. That's my youngest sister Julia (by 10 years) in the gray cardigan on the couch and my niece Sadie (Val's oldest daughter) sitting on the floor in the back.
Mary amidst the flurry of present opening. We just did presents for the kids this year and they had the living room floor covered in paper in a matter of moments. So fun to watch.
That's my sister Shayna (8 years younger) with her son Austin on her lap. He's the youngest of Clover's cousins and we had been convinced that our family could only produce girls, until he came along!
My mom got little fairy dresses and wings for Clover and her cousins Alana and Riley (Val's two youngest). Of course, they were prancing around in them over their clothes pretty much instantly.
Just a couple more cute pics. Here we have Austin entertaining us on the xylophone and Alana and Fairy Mary having a secretive huddle over some stickers.
Christmas day was spent with Lucas' family, and the festivities went very much like last year's. Overall, we've had a fun holiday filled with food, friends, and family... the very best kind, I suppose. Now it's the day after Christmas and we're spending a quiet day at home, recovering from all the excitement.
Hope you and your loved ones enjoyed a wonderful holiday too!
Peace and Love,