Twas the blogpost before Christmas...

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Winter break has been delightful so far.

The end of my first week at home has been sprinkled with highlights of fantastic mexican food, spending lazy mornings with my cat, talking politics and tax rates with Dad, staying up late with Mom admiring the tree and talking about life, and enjoying the last few weeks of life in the states.

Westmont and this semester feels so long ago in my mind. It feels although I have been at home for the past month, this week slowly trickling by - no opposition from me, I'd love for winter break to feel like this forever. Jared has safely arrived back on the west coast, and the family is finally all together again, the first time since Christmas last year.

Tonight, our family attends the Christmas eve service at our church, Papa Murphy's pizza for dinner, a bit of present opening and cocktails all around, and then tomorrow is Christmas! Sunday morning service, and then the Musson Family Christmas for the rest of the day. Lovely, lovely weekend.

Here is a short photo montage of my week at home so far.

Small reunion with the Sadoian brothers. In their words, "a bunch of old farts."

After church on a crisp December Sunday morning in Dinuba.

Mom and I put up the Christmas tree, handmade angel from Christmas past on top.

Lazy kitty loves the tree.

Vanilla tea latte - personal recipe that ended up being a huge success!

My favorite part of the night. This cat adores this tree.

Mini oreo cheesecakes. HUGE hit at the Feaver's ugly sweater party. Recipe here.

More of kitty and the tree.

Margo's standard dress after bathtime.

Ben and Chris playing at the sushi bar. Great tunes!

Gi-normus shirley temple from the bar. With everyone else drinking top-of-the-line wine, I think this might have been out of pity. Only 1 1/2 years to go!

Denny's at 11pm. Fried cheese melt. Grilled cheese with 4 mozzarella sticks grilled in the sandwich. Best, and worst decision ever. 

Merry Christmas everyone, spend time with family, soak up the holiday spirit, and remember the real reason why we celebrate this holiday.

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this."

May God bless you and your family in this holiday season. 

Respectfully submitted,