Christmas Cheer!

We had a wonderful Christmas party on the 23rd. I think we ended up feeding 26 and then had gift exchange with our grown children about 10pm. You know sometimes your children listen to you. Like in the case where months ago I told Oldest Daughter I wanted her to make me a pair of socks for Christmas…TA DA!!!


They are perfect!

Christmas Eve was then spent vegetating, napping, eating, watching TV…general laziness. Oh except for getting Mr C his dinner rolls. And I made him take a tin of cookies as well. I felt bad about charging him for the rolls – especially since there is absolutely NO way they could be mistaken for my mother in law’s rolls of years gone by. I have never eat anything like them. Heavenly.

Yesterday morning we woke up early, had our coffee, made some more reservations for our upcoming trip abroad and then woke the kiddos and opened gifts. Everyone was very very pleased with their gifts. Husband and I have been together a long time as you know…and think alike…buy a like! We got each other IPODS! Great minds. And together we bought the family a CuisineArt Ice Cream Maker. Actually we bought both our married children one as well, but couldnt tell until now because they peek at this blog every now and then. I bought us a red one (duh!) and them white ones. They came with extra bowls in case you cant decide what kind to make!


I think the favorite thing I ate all weekend was the Corn Chowder I made for the party. I finally got rid of the last of the leftover last night…three days is my limit for keeping dairy based soups in the frig. But it was very delicious.


Not that it was any better than any other dish but I was just hungry for a good hardy winter soup.

This kids had a wonderful weekend filled with friends and cousins and cookies and gifts…games of flashlight tag and all sorts of fun! Even built a gingerbread house and decorated cookies.


The next few days will be spent cleaning house and getting Hannah ready for her big trip to Miami.  She will be leaving on Saturday via plane to visit a friend for a few days in Big Old Miami.  She is a little nervous about it…I am a lot nervous about it.  First time away from home, first time on a plane…big trip.  But she is 19 and perfectly capable of going it alone.  We will miss her terribly.  If she changed her mind about going I would be perfectly okay with that…but I wont tell her! She has been looking forward to this for months.

Oh, and I will be updating our April in Paris blog very soon…loads of progress!

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Hey there, so glad you guys had a nice restful Christmas. We did too. I am still sleepy though, guess there is no possible way to get caught up on sleep after all that baking!
Well, call me when the ice cream is ready ;o)!!!
I absolutely love that picture of Haley and Ben, it is so sweet!
You guys have a good day, I am going to go get some tea and try to warm up. It is a cold one today!
Love you all!!


Good Morning Susan,

Sounds like you all had a great holiday. Christmas 2006 my husband and I both bought each other ipods for Christmas (we had no clue the other was buying the same thing) so your mention of it in your blog brought back fond memories. Any chance of sharing the recipe for the corn chowder? I am a big fan of satisfying soups during the winter months.

Take care.



Good Morning!!

Sounds like a wonderful Christmas!! We had a fun and meaningful one here in my neck of the woods as well. I actually got a sewing machine for Christmas!!! I may need to ask for sewing tips as I have no idea what I am doing but look forward to learning a new skill!!

Enjoy your 12 days of Christmas & Happy New Year!!



I will help if I can – patience is a big part of successful sewing in my opinion…which I realize is worth what you just paid for it!


I will get the recipe for you later today…will post it! It was yummy! I love my IPOD! I am putting all my French language lessons on it…and music too!


We had such a good time Sunday night. So happy y’all came. We will have to get together again before the men go back to work. So much to do around here but we will do our best.

Can you post the recipe for the Corn Chowder? It looks WONDERFUL!


Just LOVE those socks! Don’t feel guilty about charging Mr. C for those rolls, he would of felt guilty if you hadn’t let him pay you even though he probably didn’t realize what a bargain he got I am sure the rolls and the cookies made his Christmas all the brighter. Also love the ice cream maker but mostly because it’s red, haha one of my most favorite colors. 🙂 Glad your Christmas was Merry and let me wish you a Happy New Year.

Wow! What a wonderful weekend you’ve had! I love the socks. I can knit washclothes, which I love; but, I haven’t tried anything else but scarves and doll blankets in the knit stitch…maybe someday! The star cookies were so pretty, too. Inspiration for next year I guess. ~smile~

I’ve enjoyed your blog for months now. I’ve just started blogging myself. I’m going to add you to my blogroll. Won’t you come for a visit to my little blog home?

God bless!

Happy at Home

Great socks! and that chowder, well WOW, it looks absolutely delicious! Looks like you had yourself a lovely little Christmas! Thanks so much for sharing some of the goodness with us!