Monday, December 31, 2012

A Look Back...Christmas 2012

Our Dining Room Christmas tree
The Christmas trees have been packed away and a new year is upon us.  But, I have to admit, I'm not  quite ready!  I'm still in Christmas mode.  So, before the year ends, I'm taking a look back!

On Christmas Eve night, the kids got their new pajamas and ornaments.

Clayton playing Angry Birds on his new Kindle Fire HD while wearing his Angry Birds pajamas :)

Santa was here!
The kids were excited to start opening toys.

But...we almost...almost...ended up at the Emergency Room on Christmas morning!

Dave was opening a toy and decided to use his pocket knife instead of scissors.  In the process of cutting the plastic, he accidentally stabbed the knife into his thumb.  I'm sitting on the floor with the kids and suddenly Dave screams.  The toy and the pocket knife go flying across the room (fortunately not hitting anyone).  At first, I didn't realize what happened.  Until, I followed after Dave and started seeing drops of blood leading to the kitchen.  And, the drops were getting bigger and bigger!  Dave was at the sink trying to stop the bleeding.  When he took the pressure off his thumb, the blood gushed up like a geyser.  At that point, we're thinking he needs to go to the ER.  So, I rush upstairs to put on some clothes.  But, I'm all panicked and find myself running around in circles looking for a skirt.  I'm also feeling quite queasy from the sight of the blood.  Luckily, crisis was averted and the bleeding stopped.  Thank God!  

Later, we enjoyed a nice Christmas dinner of Roasted Ham with Dijon-Pineapple sauce, roasted Brussels sprouts and homemade jalapeno coleslaw. 

If you haven't tried the Pioneer Woman's recipe for Roasted Brussels Sprouts with dried cranberries and balsamic reduction, you must!  They are absolutely delicious!  My mouth is watering just thinking about them.  The roasting takes them to a whole 'nother level!

At the end of the evening, we settled down and enjoyed some popcorn courtesy of Reed's popcorn machine.  Yes, he asked for a popcorn maker for Christmas!
Mary Ellen


  1. What a lovely Christmas. My son did the same thing with his pocket knife, less blood though, lol. Men and knives! Why oh why can't they use scissors like we would?

  2. How lovely. And your children are just beautiful! They look so happy and I love that your son asked for a popcorn maker. Happy New Year!

  3. What a gorgeous family and a delicious looking Christmas feast!

    Best wishes for the New Year,

    Ruby xx