Just a recap. Very quiet. Just Jeff, John, Jarrod and I. Elizabeth, Matt, and Ella went to Mississippi to visit Ashley, Brad, Ian and Baby Louk. Jeff deep fried a turkey. Yummy sweet potato casserole. Superb homemade pecan pie, cherry walnut bars, and Jeff made chocolate chip cookies which were perfect.
Mom and Dad arrived the day after Christmas and Elizabeth and Ella came over on Saturday for the day. So we had Christmas again because they brought their gifts and Ash's gifts to us.
Mel, Mark, Sydnie, and Blake flew into town for dinner on their way home to NC. So good to see them. This family is our 'surrogate' family. Mel is like a daughter, Mark like a son, and Sydnie and Blake like grandkids. In fact, Jeff and I are called Grandma Susan and Grandpa Jeff. And Mel calls me Mom (most of the time)
I got an MP3 player, a CD by Straight, No Chaser (their an Indiana-based, acapella band), yummy Isotoner slippers, Japanese Cherry Blossom everything (by Bath and Body works), Shea Cashmere (by Bath and Body works too), and a field guide to my camera. And this awesome purse from Equador (from Brad; when he was deployed there). I made out!!!!
This is y favorite photo from the holidays:
my two year old punk granddaughter, Ella who is also precious and adorable and photogenic, and prissy.