Monday, December 26, 2005

Holiday Madness and Christmas Poo!

It's been a whirlwind of Christmas fun...and LOTS of hard work. And now, it's over.

It started with my in-laws coming into town. Guests in the house! I basically threw a rotisserie chicken at them and said "have at it!". Why? Because all of the real cooking lay ahead! First we had a giant fondue feast on Christmas Eve. As easy as fondue sounds, it took a LOT of prep work. We had our in-laws, one neighbor, two cousins (and a partridge in a pear tree) over for dinner. Eight people total. When we were kids, we had hot oil fondue at my grandparents house for special occasions. I always remember that it was great fun. We got a fondue pot last year and my daughter thinks it's great fun, too. My husband ran to Bed Beth and Beyond at the last minute and got us another pot for the party. We had chicken, shrimp, filet, steamed cauliflower, broccoli, mushrooms and hushpuppies. Plus loads of different dipping sauces and tempura batter for the veggies and shrimp. I also provided salad and bread which mostly got overlooked.

Everyone had a great time! If it worked out well, I figured that this might be the first year of a new tradition for us. It looks like a winner! I did spend the entire day preparing everything ahead of time so when dinner time rolled around, I could just sit down and relax. Ha, ha, ha. I'm so silly!

Breakfast for Christmas morning was a breakfast casserole (also prepared the previous day), Sara Lee Pecan Coffee Cake, crescent rolls and fresh orange slices. I thought it was great but the reception for it seemed lukewarm. Whatever.

Then my sister came over early. I crammed her full of breakfast and then we hit the kitchen. She brought with her a Honey Baked Ham and a turkey which she set to work prepping and cooking. She also brought homemade dinner rolls. To that we added mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli and corn casserole. Oh! And sugar....LOTS and LOTS of sugar! Must....stop....eating....sweets! Ahhhhhhhh!

Santa was very good to everyone this year. My daughter hasn't even begun to waver on the whole Santa thing yet. Yeah! My son showed his Christmas spirit a day late. When I went to change a stinky diaper this morning, something shiny caught my eye. In the diaper. I have no idea what it was, but it was about the size of pea, flat, red and shiny. Some type of wrapping paper, no doubt. That kid was jonesing to jam paper into his mouth, and this morning I saw that at least ONE of my attempts to fish random items out of his mouth had failed. Oh well.

Happy holidays, everyone!

I had some Christmas poo, too! Unfortunately, it was a stellar example of why co-sleeping is not always such a great idea.......
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