Friday, December 28, 2007

Christmas 2007

When Brian and I got married, we started the tradition of Christmas morning being just us (and eventually our family), and rotating Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner between our two families, usually tacking on an extra day on either side to make the visit a little more substantial. This year we were with the Rushes before Christmas and the Graceys after Christmas.

Here are some highlights:

  • First Christmas since we've been married that all of the Rushes were together at the same time.

  • Spiders! Brian's favorite Christmas treat (chocolate, butterscotch, peanuts and chow mein noodles)

  • Our dogs getting to interact with baby Jamie and my parents' dog Murphy

  • Being elves for Grandma and Grandpa and helping to set up Noah and Ella's Christmas presents: an air hockey table and an elaborate Barbie dollhouse
  • Opening our stockings at midnight because we would rather do that than get up early

  • Brian reading aloud to me while we drove

  • Christmas morning service -- "Christ is born! Glorify Him!" -- followed by reading Father Mel's hilarious Christmas letter

  • Snowfall as we drove into Everett for Christmas dinner -- the biggest flakes I think I've ever seen

  • My cousin Cheyenne and her boyfriend Moses surprised us and showed up for Christmas dinner, even though they had to turn around and drive back to Yakima that same night

  • Playing the drawing game with the Graceys and Mollers - we laughed so hard!

  • Watching my parents play Guitar Hero 3!

  • All the yummy food!

  • Alli teaching me how to knit! (more to come on this soon)

  • The chance to rest and do nothing...


  • Brian's mom made his favorite dessert, Mud Pie, in front of him, then he found out later it was for Christmas dinner -- She promptly offered to make him another one if we come up to visit again soon

  • Our dogs taking turns vomiting in the middle of the night -- good prep for the baby, right?

  • My increasingly aching back

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