Friday, December 26, 2008
Merry Christmas from us
Merry Christmas from the Staffords. We hope you had a holiday filled with food, fun, smiles, and good memories. We decided that since my sister was with her in laws during Christmas Eve that we would be alone this year. I was a little sad to not have my parents around, but it just gets too hectic. I wanted to be alone, just us, with our family of (gasp!) SIX. I am so glad we did it. The kids and I got some good food for our Christmas Eve dinner: Salmon, shrimp scampi, bbq meatball, and of course, cake. We ate, opened just the right amount of gifts, and enjoyed one another. NO ONE whined which is why I sound so blissful as I write this.
Christmas morning brought the arrival of Santa's gifts: Ryan: Rockband, Kate: Baby Alive learns to potty (the most obnoxious toy in the world), Olivia: a Leapster just for her, and Brady: a little toy. Then we went to church which was a little disastrous, but too bad, because that's what Christmas is about--Jesus!
Finally last evening we went to my parents' house to celebrate the holiday AND my sister and nephew's birthday. It was chaotic, loud, the food was awesome, and just plain wonderful.
**My brother in law was a little down as one of his students was killed in the tragic I-94 accident that claimed three people. Please keep all people alone, grieving, and ill during this holiday season.