Holiday Wrap-Up

I know the rest of you are way ahead of me and diving in to your New Year’s resolutions this morning. I am, characteristically, a bit behind.

Actually, I made a Christmas resolution this year. A friend made a mention recently about how, for many, the holidays are far, far less than jolly, and it reminded me to be grateful for every moment of joy in this season.  Here are some of our Yuletide snapshots:

The CE's sister, Gail, and her SO, Paul visited from Montana

PJG hosted two holiday dinners at her house

The W's hosted us for a magical Christmas Eve dinner and then we all attended church together that evening

It takes two to turkey: Daniel and the CE hoist the 29-lb turkey (with multiple thermometers!) into the oven on Christmas morning

Chloe helps Taylor unwrap his gifts

Pamela, Kirk, Alexandra and Casey stopped by for some mid-day Christmas cheer

I loved our tree this year

Victoria and Taylor both got cozy blankets

Lots of chicken-themed gifts, of course. Angie sent this darling pillow cover

All Daniel wanted for Christmas was a Shoo Bear

One of our holiday traditions is the annual Gingerbread House gathering. We use graham crackers instead of gingerbread, load up the table with every imaginable kind of candy, and every year the creations seem to be more amazing than the last.

Ready to roll

Chadd and Alexandra's young cousins all joined us this year

Oliver was a first-time participant

Hannah, John, Daniel and Kate, concocting their carousel

The finished product

Casey drove up from Los Angeles for the event

Here's her "trailer" house - complete with red-vine roof

Chadd built a basketball stadium

Victoria and Taylor made a beautiful red-roofed tower with a pretzel fence

A newer tradition was our Second Annual Poker Night. Michael W was edged out by newcomer Paul for the tournament title but everyone has all of 2011 to polish their poker skills for the next challenge.

Michael, Gail and Paul wait for dealer Mike to call the blind

Poker faces

One of my favorite holiday traditions is our commitment to being sound asleep by 10 pm on New Years’ Eve. I think we may have stretched it to 10:30 this year – there’s always room for improvement. Earlier, we went out for a lovely dinner with Pamela, Kirk, Phyllis, Gail and Paul. Just us oldsters, as the kids all high-tailed it to LA for NYE. I’m guessing none of them were asleep by 10 pm…

Pamela raises a toast to a new Year filled with many, many walks on the bluff with Soho and Chloe

Gail and Paul savored their last evening before heading back to Missoula

The CE and I are looking forward to a chicken-filled 2011 (ps - Tina, notice the necklace? Thanks! I love it!)

Happy New Year, dear Polloplayer readers – the chickens and I wish you all the very best in 2011!

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Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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4 Responses to Holiday Wrap-Up

  1. The duke says:

    Truly a special Christmas beautifully portrayed by M2s great photos. Would not have missed a minute of it. Thank you to all family and friends that made this a wonderful, memorable holiday season. And now, Happy New Year!

    The Duke aka CE

  2. tina says:

    what a great post- loved all the pics- especially the graham cracker creations!
    it looked like a wonderful holiday season full of fun activities – wish we were there with you.
    xoxo

  3. citymama says:

    I don’t know which is more shocking- the fact that it is indeed, 2011 or the magnitude of talent that went in to those candy houses! I love it. Looks like you all had a wonderful season. Looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks. xo

  4. Katherine says:

    Wow! What a fabulous holiday season you had. I don’t know whether to “flop” down in my “house” in despair that mine was less exciting or pick my “heads up” and “turn” around and say ‘that’s a lot of “action” going on in your house.’ “All in”, I’d say that the “kicker” is you guys are fun.

    (Can you tell I want to come to the next poker game? I’m nothing if not subtle.)

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