Christmas 2008

December 31, 2008 by  

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Since my family is in Florida and Jacquie’s is up here, we alternate between going down to Florida and having my family up here. The schedule worked out quite well this year because there was no way I was putting Jacquie on a plane as pregnant as she is. I’ve seen the movies and I’m not having a baby at 35,000 feet. This year, my dad, mom, and brother flew up to visit us in New York.

On Christams Eve I gave notice to my dad that he would be assembling the baby’s crib with me. I’m sure he was thrilled to help, but I didn’t really give him the option of saying no…

And so it begins…

Sortin it out

Still sorting…

Still sortin it out

You can see that my dad is hamming it up (we of course had to then lift the crib off of him because he wasn’t going to jump the railings)…

Ham

And mom-too-be watches the Men at Work…

Lance got creative. I’m sure we can find tons of “implied meanings” here if we wanted…

And here’s where we are so far…

Almost there

The next morning I woke up pretty early, which is standard for me since Christmas is probably my favorite day of the year. Right away Jacquie and I went to work waking up the rest of the family. Or in Lance’s case, stacked pillows on him while others made coffee.

Pillows on Lance

Coffee time

My favorite part of Christmas, hands down, is watching other people open gifts. As we all know, not every gift is one that makes the person who received it “glow.” Sometimes you hit a homerun (like when Jacquie got Coconut Pocky for my dad) and sometimes it’s a miss (not gonna give examples here :) ). However, the excitement of opening a surprise is always visible on the person’s face just before he or she knows what it is, and that’s my favorite part. Maybe the simple fact of getting a gift makes the person happy but I think it’s more of the anticipation of seeing what the gift giver thought to get specifically for him/her. Who knows. Anyway, here are some pics of us opening gifts that don’t have anything to do with my point:

Pocky!

Gong Gong

Thrilled Mama L

Taking his sweet time

It's a Bucs Onesie!

Muahaha

Aww..Happy Mom!

Hugs all around

Look at that belly

Grandpa shoes

So mischievous

Jacq Cool

Finally, to end the night properly, a super indulgent meal was had. We didn’t take tons of pics like we did with Thanksgiving, but here’s a summary:
(1) Salad (Field greens, frisee, peppers, fennel, candied walnuts and a balsamic vinaigrette)
(2) Steamed Haricot Verts
(3) Brussel Sprout Hash
(4) Triple P Potato Skins (but made with bacon)
(5) BBQ Sweet Potato Fries
(6) Mashed potatoes
(7) Garlic and Thyme Lamb Chops with pan jus
(8) Garlic Prime Rib Roast
(9) Paella (one with shellfish, one without)
(10) Creme Brulee
(11) Fruit Tart

These pics aren’t the best but here’s the spread:

Smorgasbord 1

Smorgasbord 2

Smorgasbord 3

and here are a few posed fam shots:

There is a good one of Steph and her dad, but I can’t find it now…Sorry Steph.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year :)

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