Our first Christmas together was splendid! :) After starting a new tradition Christmas Eve (Kevin whipping up a homemade alfredo), we went over to the church for the candle lighting/song singing/Jesus' birthday cake eating service. Despite the fact that I ended up playing piano for the entire service having no prior warning, it was a lovely time of fellowship. Kevin & I ventured home at its completion and opened our stocking stuffers. We both received glowing results of our shopping.
The next morning was Christmas!! We woke up bright and early--our usual 6:00am and we both quite ready for the celebration. (We had both awakened at 1am when Kevin wished me a Merry Christmas--3 hours after having gone to bed--and he tells me he attempted to sleep restlessly all night so that I might wake up and we could open presents! *grin*) Kevin loved all of his gifts from me--especially the extra soft & comfy robe and slippers and his new movies Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. I will be in love with my gift from him for the next 70 years. I have a gorgeous pair of diamond earrings that will be worn daily from now and until forever!! (I love you, Darling! Thank you!) After having plenty of time for exercise, showers, and a scrumptious pancake & eggs breakfast, we pulled out of the driveway for Ashtabula.
We had a nice drive (except for the 45 minutes of freaked out drivers due to the snow) and made it to my parents' house by 2:30pm. With Mom, Dad, Ash, Grandma Marr, Kevin & I present we opened the many wonderful gifts & then enjoyed a delicious ham & turkey dinner once Grandma Mary joined us. It was great.
Friday we had dinner with my childhood friends Elizabeth & DeeDee and their men (husband, Matt and fiance, Ryan). Elizabeth is still recovering from her c-section on Tuesday when she gave birth to their firstborn son--Owen Matthew. He's absolutely perfect! We had a wonderful time cuddling the baby and visiting with good friends.
Saturday we spent most of the day with my mom's side of the family--her 4 siblings and almost all of my cousins. There was more than enough good food, lots of laughs, and a great time for becoming reacquainted after months apart!