Ok. Everyone can stop yelling at me for not posting on my blog!! What can I say? I've been busy. There's just always too much to do and not enough time to do it all. We've been pretty much on the go since a couple weeks before Christmas and I feel like things are just winding down now.
We kicked off our holiday season by heading over to Elmbrook Church in Brookfield where they had their Bethleham Marketplace program. This is the second time I've been there and I was once more, amazed by how they transform this huge area into the birthplace of Christ. It was truly amazing seeing the hundreds of volunteers dressed in costumes and all the live animals used (even camels) to create the scene.
The following night we celebrated Christmas with Bob, Carole, Sue and the boys. We always have such a good time together. We had a Mexican dinner, and with the help of Marie, Jose's mom, I think everything was a success, even though I don't think I will ever be able to duplicate her authentic mexican recipes.
Chistmas Eve began with Kelly and Alyssa making Brunch which was very yummy!!! Then we opened our gifts.
Alyssa got TONS of clothes, among other things.
Kelly got her Play Station 3 that she wanted. She was so excited, I thought she was going to bail out when she saw it and take it to her house to play.
Paul did get gifts, but I guess we were all so excited to get ours that no one took a picture of him...poor guy.Then, Christmas eve night was spent with my sister, Mary, her husband, Gary, and their three adorable kids, Ean, Rebecca and Evan. We had a blast playing the Beatles Rock Band on the Wii. I have no pics, only video, and I promised not to post that on my blog! However, they didn't say I couldn't YouTube it...hmmm
Christmas day was spent quietly at home until we went over to my uncle's in the evening. This is the only holiday where everyone that's in town gets together, and it's so nice to see everyone.
On New Years Eve, we have a tradition where we go on over to Bob and Caroles. We have a nice dinner, play some games or cards, a little karaoke, although this year we did our singing via Rock Band. I don't know who has more fun, the adults or the kids. We ring in the new year with a toast, and a bunch of noise...then we head outside with our pots and pans, noise makers, blow horns and fireworks. This year we had a great display!
Lis amd Jose
I thought I'd close this post with this goofy (or scary) picture of Paul, taken New Years Eve. He's playing Mind Flex. I guess he's supposed to be keeping that ball up in the air by mind power...I'm not too sure about this...