I did most of prep work yesterday. Dryrubbed my ribs, did the first baking of twice baked potatoes, assembled calico beans. This morning was spent cleaning and setting up tables and tending to the meat.
I think dinner went well. Grandma Maudry brought mouth-watering fresh fruit, greek olives and feta. Mel brought a veggie tray and too many cookies (typed as I wipe a few more ginger snap crumbs from the corner of my mouth). The ribs were tender and flavorful, the potatoes were rich and the beans were tangy. And the coleslaw with Rudolph's dressing was fantastic, as it always is. There were smiles, laughs and groans as bellies became too full.
|Just keeping things warm in there.|
Grandma was really the hit of the party. She arrived in full Ugly Christmas Sweater armor. Her shirt was adorned with doilies, ribbon, buttons, glitter and gold. And green pants. And crazy earrings. And a blinking Christmas tree headband. It was glorious! Although most of us giggled and rolled our eyes, Jack's lit up with glee and he immediately demanded Grandma pick him up so he could inspect everything. He thinks Grandma should wear all that every day!
|Jack is in awe.|
|Grandma is ready to party!|
After dinner we retreated to the living room and broke out the cameras and the presents. Jack had tons of fun with his older cousins, err, maybe should I say torturing his older cousins. He chased Sam endlessy and crawled all over DJ and Anthony. It was nice to see all the kids together. And to imagine that there will be FIVE of them next year!
|The boys hugging their gifts|
|They move so fast.|
|My pretty SIL|
Well, one party down and a couple more to go. I'm feeling all warm and glowy tonight; loving my (growing) family, my little home and all the wonderful things that Christmas brings.