Thursday, January 5, 2012
Jim and I both were down with nasty "Christmas Colds" so we didn't fell like doing anything special. Jim and Cathy had their belated Christmas get-together with Cathy's family. Her brother, Matt and his family and her Mom came and they spent a nice evening together. It wasn't a late night as Jim had to do his first shift of the new year on Sunday.
Today Jim and Cathy took a day for themselves and went to Syracuse for shopping and dinner out. Jim, Jennifer and the boys went to "The Four Seasons" to do some tubing and they had a great time. The hill was icy from the rain yesterday and was very fast. The only disadvantage was the mud at the bottom of the hill, a lot of which they managed to bring home with them. Needless to say, the washer and dryer were called into use to get the boys coats clean before their trip home tomorrow.
This year Jeremy and Emily spent Christmas day with Emily's family in Hancock and came to our house on Monday. They will alternate each year so next year we will have them with us on Christmas Day. They arrived around 4pm and, after opening their gifts from us and our opening the gifts from them we had a great meal of Lasagna with tossed salad and Italian bread. Jennifer had made her fabulous Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake for dessert. It was like having Christmas all over again.
The kids all arrive at the house about 8am to the smell of baking cinnamon rolls. Once everyone is here we start opening the gifts. With eleven people it takes quite awhile as we open items one at a time so everyone can see what the other person received. We each take a turn and usually Jennifer passes out the gifts but, since the boys were here this year, we let them do it. About 1pm we head to Watertown to my Mom's house where all the sisters and our brother gather along with tons of nieces, nephews and cousins. Mom always prepares a complete Christmas dinner after which we open more gifts. We usually head for home around 6pm tired, but happy after a long day. This year Jennifer put the boys gift in a Barbie game box as a gag. They were very pleased when they open it to find a years subscription to "Game Fly" and not a Barbie Video Game.