Monday, January 4, 2010
Well, what a difference a year makes! We had such a wonderful Christmas this year. All of the boys truly understood what was going on and it was so fun to once again live Christmas through the eyes of children. Santa was extremely good to all of the kiddos this year and mom and dad didn't disappoint either. Under the tree were new bikes, a new Wii, fishing poles, tackle boxes, baseball gloves, soccer balls, new helmets, leapster games, new dvd's, blocks, puzzles and much more. The one thing purposely left out was the clothes. Blake and Ryan made it perfectly clear that they did not want any clothes for Christmas this year! Boy do I need a little girl to dress up : )! Amy and Matt, my mom and dad, and Patrick's parents joined us for dinner. I decided to take it a little easy this year and for go the normal ham or prime rib and opted for an Italian themed feast...mom brought some absolutely delicious antipasta from an Italian deli, I made a fantastic cioppino full of fresh lobster, shrimp and Chilean Sea Bass, and we ended the meal with two homemade lasagna's. One traditional with Italian sausage and red sauce and the other was spinach and cremini mushrooms with a gorgonzola cream sauce topped with panko bread crumbs and parmigianno regianno. I found a great Chianti to pair and we even had bellini's before dinner. It was a fun change. Since Patrick had to work Christmas morning, we did the big Santa gifts and our presents on Christmas Eve. Christmas morning they got to open presents from grandma and grandpa and Matt and Amy. The only gift I did not get that I have been hoping for is a new niece or nephew....maybe next year! What a wonderful couple of days filled with family, laughter and love. We are truly blessed!