It's been a busy time for me...but then isn't that the way this season is?
And it's over in what seems like a minute! All the preparation, wrapping, shopping,
cards, visits, lists, shipping, baking, cooking - POOF!
Big trash bags of garbage ready to go out filled with balled up wrapping paper and loads of tissue paper. Stacks of washed dishes for meals that were made with love and memory filled. Coffee ready, pies laid out on the table, kids playing with their new toys.
My family holiday is a little different but different can be totally cool too!
My son Matt and his girlfriend Connie are on vacation in Thailand . They've taught kindergarten in a private school in Korea for two years and are finally coming home in Feb.. My older son Todd and his wife Ravy live in Annapolis. Her parents, from Cambodia, just moved here too. My parents are in Florida. Cousins at the Jersey shore.
Here is a photo list of our little family holiday...
the National Christmas tree in Washing D.C.
Annapolis Holiday Lights on the Bay
downtown Annapolis stores decked out
home-made stromboli for Christmas eve
smoked salmon and trout
caught and wood smoke by a friend
Spinach and cheese stuffed pork loin
my son Todd made potato pancakes
Ravy's fav Black Forest Chocolate Torte
So we have a small, scattered family,
but boy can we cook!
Oh, Come All Ye Faithful!
update....ready to drive home from my son's in Annapolis
have eaten Cambodian food, snacks, cookies, pistachios, a roast,
cakes, cereal, treats, slept, napped, watched videos and shows,
visited and called friends and family
a chill and overindulgent holiday
get a call from my son that his mother in law's been in a car accident
I'm home with her father in law who doesn't speak English...
we meet everyone in the ER -
minor injuries thank God -
lots of translating, green cards, passports...
I'm staying over again....
a must have for post stress relief....
Yummo = stress relievers
Todd and Ravy
see...it worked...we're distressed