As mentioned, CT3 and I were spending the night with my folks, tearing into presents early in the morning and heading to his parents house by 10:30 or so for brunch and an afternoon of relaxing with his fam.
We got up and went downstairs for an early Christmas morn. The gifts were not lacking and we were more than blessed with everything we received. I didnt take many pics that morning, but I am posting a few of the ones I have.
Kristin and I gave each other new hair straighteners but since they had been ordered and were late coming in, we wrapped our old ones for each other…I took mine back though (post gift opening) cause it was a lot newer than hers!
Mom and Dad gave CT3 and I matching flannel shirts…dont laugh. I think Grandma (or someone) gave matching shirts to Mom and Dad their first Christmas married. Mom, you better watch out…we just might show up in our matching flannels for a family event sometime.
They also gave us serving platters in honor of our favorite teams. Unfortunately, mine had taken a spill pre-opening and didnt fare so well. The humorous part was that I was really sad when I opened it and saw it was broken. I then turned to CT3 and told him to open a gift so I would be happy again…he opened one and ironically it was his GT platter – all in one piece. It was slightly humorous at the time. Mom felt bad about my broken gift and got me a new one the next day.
These were some of the best gifts. Before Gammie passed, she had given away some of her paintings and let us choose ones that we wanted. The three pictured below are her watercolors that I had picked out. She had given me the art, however it was not matted or framed. For Christmas, Dad and Kristin had matted them for CT3 and I. They had matched all of the colors perfectly, and also matched them with our new sofas!! Now I need to go get them framed before we move into our new house!
Not pictured below was a photo that Kristin had taken of a fire escape then had printed, blown up and matted for CT3 as a gift. In our new home, I plan on decorating our office with a fire fighting theme…it sounds silly, but we have a few cool prints and some that Kris has taken that we will use and really make it look nice. Anyhoo, CT3 and I are thrilled to have the meaningful paintings with such a fine mat job!!!
Oh and of course, the monster. His favorite gift was this plush-squeaky multi-colored star toy that his Aunt Kristin gave him. He has been thoroughly entertained by it and I have been thankful for it as well as it is one of the few things along with treats which will lure him out from under the bed.
Just as soon as Christmas morning had started, it was over. We ate our traditional Cinnamon Rolls breakfast and quickly went to shower to head to the in-laws house. Guest after guest arrived at their house and we sat down to eat. I was starving and ate my weight in egg casserole, potato casserole and grits. I just kept telling myself it was Christmas and it was okay to go for multiple platefuls.
After brunch, we gathered around the tree to do presents. CT3’s side of the family does their gifts much nicer than we do ours…ours is like every man for himself tearing into the package as fast as possible to see what lies inside. CT3’s side opens one while everyone watches then passes it around before opening the next – much more leisurely! Finally the time came and we were able to give everyone their Crullers. I was about to bust at the seams as we waited to pass out our secret Christmas treat. Everyone seemed plesantly suprised and impressed that CT3 and I had taken the challenge of making them- though I havent heard if they met standards or not.
After brunch and presents we went outside to play with the puppies. Sadly, the picture below is the only one I have that I took while there. We were attempting to get the three dog cousins to line up for a picture, but you can see the results…