Such a great holiday to celebrate Christs' birth and time with family.
Last year, I held a lunch/dinner for Guards at Marine Barracks Washington.The guards, unlike so many people on Christmas day had to work. So we made a feast of yummy food for them,
Homemade with love. and whenever ANYTHING is made with love, it is good, for the most part.
This year, We decided to have another dinner for the Guards, even though a whole new batch had come through. The barracks is a very transit place, people come and go constantly as with any base/station. If you have no idea what I am talking about, go to google and type in Marine Barracks Washington.
Anywho.. back to Christmas.
Since my parents were helping so much with the dinner for the Marines, we decided to open presents on the evening of Christmas Eve.
Here's some pictures..
<--Craig liked opening gifts until he opened a box with a Hummer..
Up close of my parents tree------>
<--my mom got into a habit of putting an A or R on the back of the boxes. Ryan opened a box my mother said to and found "Dr.Suess Are you my mother? " book and dog..had to show this pic.
|all the cans for the green bean casserole for the Marines dinner|
what is a Christmas cake you might wonder?
its a white cake mix divided like so--->
I used the green and drew a tree.
We opened presents at our house on the Morning of Christmas Eve.
He also liked unwrapping his gifts!
AND now for the pictures of Christmas Day.
I stayed up until 3:37 am and woke up around 6 am, via my human alarm, my husband woke me up so I would have time to get the last few items ready.
We finally got on the road and on the good note.. Craig was in a decent mood.
Craig even enjoyed using his Microphone from Nana and Poppa.
I don't use photoshop on any of my pictures.
I wonder where Craig went to..
The Dessert table included:
Chocolate Pudding poke cake
Tres Leches Cake
Red velvet cupcakes
Fruit Salad fluff
Pumpkin Pie (I cheated on the crust but the rest was homemade)
This apple pie was the main reason I stayed up so late..well the green bean casseroles also played a part.
I do my best baking at night.
My dad helped us out a lot when it came to cutting the ham..
our ham.. I put the glaze on early...
wayy too early,
it was still good..
I made it with love.<3
Ah, my green bean casseroles.. I made four pans.
I sent one to the guard office.
and another to a cold weather shelter.
and one half pan went with us home.
I made stuffing, but hardly anyone touched it.:(
I sent that dish to the same shelter.
The preacher there was really grateful.
My mom was cutting off the rest of the ham. We were at the end of the lunch here.
I forgot to take pictures of the Marines!
There were so many that came through, they sat in the hallway and in the stairway.
And this is why Craig will not get a Ipad until he is old enough. When he plays with the Ipad, that's all he cares about.
Hot wheels and blocks he could care less about.
but since we were in a small area without baby gates.. I didn't care too much. As long as he was happy and behaving I was good.
<--this Marine said my Pumpkin Pie was as good as his Mom's.
want to know something?
The way to a man's heart is through his stomach.
Ryan's office didn't ever call be Betty Crocker for no reason.
I baked a lot...that was before we became homeowners.
Anyways.. My mom made me this block.. its actually quite simple to diy too.
This is a section of our tree.
Its a real one.
A Douglas Fir..
smells so good!
Well, I have showed most of the pictures that I wanted to. Christmas flew by. The New Year is around the corner. Some are planning for the summer already..Not us. I would if I knew where we would be next year.
I hope you enjoyed reading today.
I will try to post tomorrow, My husband has an doc appoint. he has another cyst on his hand, and the military doctors are avoiding surgery, as they are already operated on the same hand last year. Military Doctors.. that's for another day... a different post.
until next time..
this is Amanda Evans signing off!