We have had a great Christmas break here. Andrew and I visited my family and celebrated with them. Andrew’s birthday is on Christmas, so we had an additional thing to celebrate. He received double the presents. In fact, I ordered every single item on his list. Spoiled!
There was no pie at our Christmas feast…just cake. Wonderful, amazing, delicious, chocolate sheet cake. I don’t know where the recipe came from (probably Betty Crocker), but it’s absolutely amazing.
There was also no turkey, which only upset my dad and Andrew. Instead, my mom’s side of the family makes homemade beef and noodles. It’s a family thing. Then noodles are homemade. My mom made 10 batches of homemade noodles. We ended up laying them out on a sheet so they could all dry. Next year, Andrew and dad are going to try frying a turkey. I will stick with beef and noodles.
We also finally finished the crossword quilts. I hand sewed the binding down when I got home and my sister did the writing with a fabric pen when she got home. I think her job was the most stressful, but no mistakes were made!
Here is the Gates Crossword Quilt completely finished. I don’t have a picture of the Latham one. I was really bad about taking pictures over the holiday.
I made my sister a bag and this cute little stocking. Her name is Robin so she’s into anything and everything birds. I thought this was appropriate…and adorable!
My mom and I managed to whip out six stocking tags so we would know which stocking belonged to which family member on Christmas morning. Luckily, the only repeat letter was J. Dad got a Harley Davidson stocking so we were able to tell the J’s apart. J for Joni. R for Robin. D for Dustin, who got the second Harley Davidson stocking. And not pictured are J for Jesse, L for Lesley, and A for Andrew. Andrew’s looked a lot like the A from Alvin and the Chipmunks.
And that was the entire Christmas setup. Yes, the star is crooked. It gives it character. Yes, there were a zillion presents…and most of them we brought with us, which was quite an adventure. We were afraid that it was going to snow on Thursday night, so we were debating whether we should take Andrew’s car or my truck because I have four-wheel drive. But we were worried the truck would not have enough room for everything we needed to take. Luckily, it didn’t snow, so we took the car. After we loaded everything into the car, the car wouldn’t start. It was a dead battery. I have jumper cables in my truck so we jumped the car, drove to the nearest O’Reilly’s, bought a new battery, and O’Reilly’s installed it. We were only delayed a hour and 15 minutes! There were no other mishaps the entire trip.
Well, maybe there was one more mishap. Andrew broke one of my parent’s dining room chairs. Not on purpose, despite the picture evidence. The funny party is, Robin’s boyfriend has also broken one of the chairs before. The chairs are pretty old, so it’s not surprising that they broke, but it was still very funny. We were all playing Sequence when the chair broke. Latham team (me, Mom, and Dad) won 8 out of 11 games. The “Dream Team” (Andrew, Aunt Cathy, and Dustin) lost badly, but we had a ton of fun. On my mom’s side of the family, we always play games after eating Christmas dinner.
We also managed to get some girly stuff in. Robin and my cousin’s daughter, Darci, put their hair into sock buns. I’ve never done this before, but it was pretty easy. (Actually, it was only easy the first day. I tired doing it the next morning and failed miserably.) Most people were not fans, but I think it’s really cute. It helps that they’re both cute.
Can you tell they are related? Also, notice Dustin’s awesome Christmas sweater in the background. I love it. Robin hates it.
Best present? That is still under debate. The Crossword Quilts were pretty popular, but so were the nifty iSlice stocking stuffers from the Container Store. They definitely came in handy when opening presents. My sewing machine is pretty amazing. My mom loved her Kindle. My dad seemed pretty excited about his wok. My sister got a jacket she really really wanted. Dustin got a sissy bar for his Harley, which was actually more of a present for my sister since everybody is worried about her riding on the back without it. Andrew got a Zojirushi rice cooker, which he has been talking about for a year or more. And then there were tons of other little stocking stuffers and presents that were great. I don’t think any of us can complain. And I’m already thinking of ideas for next year…