We got to E's family's house Christmas afternoon just in time to have lunch with all of the extended family. His cousin, Travis, had a good month hunting and made tenderloin with horseradish sauce and a roast out of the spoils. It was delicious!! Afterwards, we all went back to the house to check our body mass index on the Wii Fit. We all tested it out and turns out, at 8 months pregnant, I still did better than E, his brother and his cousin at the balance test and my BMI wasn't nearly as high as his cousin's. So...Boooya!!
His family made a Baby Rachel Tree this year instead of a Christmas tree.
Later, my neices came over and we all opened presents. Kayla and Beth got clothes and gift cards. I got a kitchenaid food precessor and E got a bunch of tools.
Here is Maggie opening her present, a rope with a ball on it and a new bandana. She had an ear tucked back and didn't even notice due to all of the excitement.
...and yes, she ate the wrapping paper here again too.
Over the next few days, we did lots of shopping, lots of eating and catching up with old friends and distant family. We had a big New Year's Eve Dinner at E's cousin's house complete with massive steaks, shrimp and scallops. Then my family had a big New Year's Day BBQ/Game Night. Here is me, my mom and sisters eating Christmas cookies and playing Mad Gab.
A few days later, we drove to Nashville to spend the day with my friend from 3rd grade. Her daughter was having her 3rd birthday party so we were going and then hanging out with them for the rest of the day. Little did we know all of the baby stuff they had set aside for us. 3 boxes of clothes and shoes, a freezer bag full of hair bows, a huge bag of toys and books and then more toys that wouldn't fit into the bag along with sheets and a changing table. We were really thankful for everything. Free stuff is always good.
Me and E got up early and left the next morning to head home. Ahhhh....home sweet home. No more traveling for a while and back to work. We said good bye to the holiday by taking down the Christmas tree and decorations and started the New Year off by rearranging the living room. We hope you all had a great Christmas and New Years.