Monday, December 26, 2011
Tis the Day After Christmas. . .
I love Jim Shore's work since he combines my love of folk are with my love of quilting. Rod also got me this figurine since Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite movies.
Enough about the presents, now about the rest of the day. Rod and I decided we didn't want to spend the entire day in the kitchen, so we decided to make use of the 5 crock pots that we own. The ham went into the big one, the cheesy hash brown potatoes went in the medium one, and then in the set of three we put the baked pineapple, the picnic beans and the turkey left over from Thanksgiving that we took out of the freezer and added some turkey broth to so we could warm it up. The cake was already baked, so we capped, sliced, and mashed the strawberries, and cut the veggies for the salad. We were set to go whenever the kids arrived. It worked out really well, and dinner was ready when the presents were all opened.
The greatest part of the day, however, was that my Mom was well for Christmas this year. The past few years she has either been in the hospital or has just gotten out. But this year she looked and felt great. And not bad for her 83rd birthday. Her favorite part of the day was when she got to pose for pictures with the four great grandchildren. They all love her so much, and all give her hugs and kisses whenever they see her. The four of them went to Build-a-Bear and made her a pink angel bear for Christmas. Grandma loves angels, and the kids each recorded an "I Love You" message to put inside the angel's paw. (Jake made some noises that were close to I Love You). It was a truly great Christmas and I thank God for my wonderful family and all the other blessings he has bestowed on me.