Friday, December 25, 2009

A X-Mas To Remember

This was our first Christmas together, and it was so great. I feel very blessed by all the many family and friends I have in my life. The past 2 days have been filled with yummy food, great company and a lot of present opening.

We spent Christmas eve night with Clarke's family. First, we went to our church's service which was beautiful as always. Then we had a huge Christmas feast at his parent's house with his family as well as his grandma and aunt and uncle. I made the green beans, sweet potato casserole, and pumpkin pie. It was my first time making the green beans and pumpkin pie, so I was nervous, but they both came out great. (The secret with the pumpkin pie is half and half, instead of condensed milk, which most recipes call for, it makes it creamier). After dinner we opened gifts with Clarke's family. I got totally spoiled.

Me and Clarke spent Christmas morning together with Betty. I made some chocolate chip muffins and we opened gifts. It was really nice and we just enjoyed each other's company. Betty got a cat jungle gym, which she loves.

Afterwards we went to my mom's house. We opened even more gifts. Me and Clarke got a beautiful nativity. I absolutely love it. I can't wait for next Christmas to enjoy it all season long. I helped my mom make dinner and then I ate way too much again.

I am so thankful for everything and everyone in my life which has made this Christmas so special. The only person who is missing is my grandma. As many of you know she passed away this summer. Nothing can ever replace the love she gave me or the sound of her voice telling me Merry Christmas. I wish she was here with me, or I could at least talk with her on the phone. I know she is in heaven right now, dancing away and has no more pain. (I will post more about her soon).  She is not just celebrating the birth of our savior, but is with Him.

Tomorrow is my 26th birthday. Can't wait for more time with my friends and family. I am so blessed.


rachel said...

we are so blessed to know YOU! and your grandma would I'm sure be so proud of your cooking and holiday planning ( :

Kelsey @ Seattle Smith's said...

Hope your bday is just as special tomorrow. I am sure it is tough being so close together ... my hubby's is in a week!

Patricia Hannigan said...

Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday. And best wishes for 2010. Sounds like your holidays have been awesome so far. :o)