|Next year we will get a real tree--Thanks to Nonna for the presents!|
On the presents front--Drewster gave us the Cooks Illustrated Science of Good Cooking. Yes total nerdiness but so awesome. Woody leafed through a few pages and declared the tome must be added to his culinary library. The book is great but the super awesome gift from Uncle Drewster was cooking Xmas dinner for a crew of 12. All I had to do was make rice and salad. Taking on the work and stress of cooking dinner was a fantabulous gift! All that on top of cleaning the whole 1st floor before the guests came over (after a big day of Xmas skiing at Alta).
The Woodies and J9's cousins came over for xmas dinner. 17-year-old Ethan and 11-year-old Piper were total champs and there was much cross examination of both kids and parents (The Hubs and I are always curious to get tips on how to make good kids). The Jowegawas made it too. While we definitely missed our family--it was so great to do Dman's first Christmas in the 801 with some of our most favorite-est peeps in the 801, the Boulder Uncles--and our new friends from Seattle.
|We went total Italian styles---using every available table (including a laundry table) and chair (including the piano bench) to just accomodate as many people and as much food as possible.|
|J9 serving it up|
|Tom Jow, and Seattle cousins Piper, Eric and Michelle|
It was a blast to make some turns and in true hero form Drewster peeled off early with me. In addition, there is always the "will I remember how to even ski?" factor (which sentiment was articulated by my friend Shannon--and so resonant) but even that ended up ok too.
Hope everyone had a great Chanumasivuszaa and here's to the WELCOME RETURN OF WINTER!