Christmas! Times 2!
Yes, we've done Christmas twice so far.
We zoomed over to Indiana on Friday, where we got together with some of Rick's family for some holiday fun. We went to David's house, where we had a fantastic holiday meal (fajitas!), then opened gifts. After that we hung around talking, looking over Facebook flares for Twilight, and generally just being a family.
The cat was dressed as Santa. He did not want his picture taken.
As a matter of fact, none of the pictures I took that evening turned out. Which is really a shame, but we have our memories of the event. Also, the cat can't complain that I posted an unflattering picture on the blog, but the rest of the family can, so the cat is the only one with a photo.
We spent the night with Rick's mom and step-dad. Then we headed over to my parent's house for a meal-and-gift-exchange, scheduled early to avoid conflict with the Purdue basketball game.
As per tradition, Elaine brought crackers so we could have silly crowns.
One of the gifts we were working on last week was revealed as a bathrobe for Dad, made in Purdue flannel.
The photo of him modeling it suffered from backlighting issues, so here is our body-double posing in it last week:
We also gave out Girl Scout nuts as gifts
and more Girl Scout nuts as gifts
When my sister opened her can of nuts (and you need to realize that we're missing a shot here of Mark and Cindy opening nuts, so there were even more than you're seeing) she sort of started losing it over the fact that our family has NO IMAGINATION with gifts, and just buys multiples of something and hands them out to everyone.
Then, as is our tradition, we went bowling. My parents live in a retirement community that has a bowling alley that we can reserve for just our family. It's really fun.
Dad has joined a bowling league, as a matter of fact.
After the Purdue game we spent the evening watching White Christmas.
We headed home on Sunday with a temperature of about 6F and winds of 30-40 mph. It was an interesting trip, blowing around the road, not wanting to stop and get out of the car for ANYTHING. But we made it home, the cats hadn't destroyed the house, and now we can finish preparing for our next adventures in Christmas.