Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Christmas Traditions

Amy & I started our Tar Heel Christmas traditions this year with our first Christmas with the boys. Pappy & GJ made their holiday trek to see their children and grandchildren, spending a few days in Charleston with Melanie and Roman before coming up to visit us in Raleigh. Our time shared was short in duration, but long on quality and memories. We look forward to many more holidays to accumulate great memories for us and the boys. Our highlights...

  • Stuffed green peppers & cornbread
  • UK basketball (most of it anyway)
  • The epic struggle of the 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' puzzle (we needed Melanie for her TNBC puzzle expertise)
  • "Just get on I-526!"
  • Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA - tasty!
  • Reunited compadres in Tucker & Sayla
  • Apricots, peas, sweet potatoes, and spitting
  • Christmas Eve singing at Covenant
  • The boys' first Christmas morning
  • GJ reports for baby rocking duty
  • Lots of home cooked good eating
  • Sayla vs. the dog poo
  • Late night showing of M. Night Shyamalan's The Village

Derek tries out a new recipe for his guinea pigs -- er, family.

The tradition-laden 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' 1000-piece behemoth. As of Tuesday the puzzle remains unfinished and the likelihood that the dog face puzzle piece is the one missing piece increases.

The boys loved having a new four-legged pup to gaze and marvel at. Here Sayla stares Gus down....

....and here Owen points to make sure we know there is another dog he can get excited about.

There was plenty of couch-potatoing going on. Pappy gives Owen one of his first lessons.

GJ and Gus watch one of the boys' new Baby Einstein videos. The boys are completely in awe over them.

Both boys get to man a knee with Pappy.

The boys show off their festive red before the Christmas Eve service.

Of all their gifts, wrapping paper, ribbon, and the trusty Pampers wipe box topped the boys' list.

Amy sits with her boys as they eyeball a gift to unwrap.

And Owen pauses from granwing on wrapping paper to look at the camera.

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