We had a good Christmas! We survived without my mom.. as I know that she would have wanted.
We are NOT the "wake-up at the crack o'dawn" family on Christmas. We actually make our kids eat Breakfast before we open presents! (oh, the horrors!) Normally we spend Christmas Eve at DH's family - and open exchanged gifts there. That always left MY family for Christmas Day. We'd have my folks over for breakfast, most often Belgian Waffles with Strawberries and whipped cream. Then we'd open presents with them here, and then go to their house later for dinner with the rest of my siblings and families. Since Dad is out of state this year, we did breakfast with just us, then had my siblings and their families over for dinner later. We also had my grandma come from the nursing home, and had a great time with her. I often think that "maybe THIS year will be our last with her.." but she keeps hanging in there! My brothers went and picked her up at the nursing home, and signed her out. The last time she'd left there was Thanksgiving 2005, when my mom last signed her out. So my brother was honored to sign under Mom's name.
The above pic is at the mall- near the carousel- where we had the obligatory ride after getting the "professional" pictures taken.. If I can find where we saved it, I'll post it later!
Happy New Year Everyone!!