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
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!