Sunday, December 23, 2012

Kneeland Family Christmas!!

One of my favorite Childhood ornaments
The Ornament I made out of one of my Grandma's Clip-on Earrings
With our Tree up, stockings hung, and vacation under way we began celebrating Christmas this weekend!
Eric met me downtown on Thursday night, and we went to DeLaurentis and got meat and cheese for our annual platter, then we finished up a few Christmas gifts. It wasn't super busy downtown, DeLaurentis' was a little busy but that's pretty normal.

Friday we spent grocery shopping, and getting the last few things in order before the holiday rush. It was sure nice to have Friday off to get some of this accomplished. After a few run-ins with some less than happy holiday shoppers, we were headed home to NOT be around people anymore! It amazes me how the Christmas joy can turn into Christmas rage! 

We had dinner with Tim and Katherine on Friday night and that helped put us back into the holiday spirit.

Yesterday we slept in (yaaay) and headed to Tim and Kat's at 3 to have Tea, because we're funny like that. We hung out a little bit and then headed down to Auburn to have Christmas with Gene, Christina & Dimitra!
An inherited Ornament of my Mom's which belonged to Grandma & Grandpa Nielsen on their first Christmas together!
My Pretty Kitty

This was her Christmas gift to me... to pose in front of the tree - it didn't last long!

I have mentioned this 100 times before, but I'll mention it again, I LOVE having Gene, Christina and Dimitra in my back yard! It's so much fun!

We decided to have a family Christmas together - Christina cooked us a WONDERFUL meal of Lamb, Potatos, lima beans and salad. And then we opened gifts, and then we headed outside and walked around the neighborhood to see the Christmas lights!



We gave Dimitra a Seahorse Glow Worm, she loved it!

Have I mentioned how adorable she is?

We Love her.
Look at those eye lashes :)
She's very goofy - and helped the rest of us open our gifts too! Though she's at the age where it's more fun to play with whatever toy you JUST opened, than to continue to open more gifts! We got Gene a book, and Christina a blanket, they got Eric a BBQ set with Mariners logos, and I got a foot bath! We had fun exchanging gifts!

Then we were off to look at lights!
Gene and Christina live in this nice little development on the hill in Auburn. They have a really nice neighborhood, and it seems most people participate in putting up lights!
Though, he forgot to mention that his neighbor is Clark W. Griswold!
We walked and walked until we put Dimitra to sleep!
Gene vowed to be in the running for the Lakeland Hills competition for Lighting for next year, so him and Eric are going to have weekly "planning" meetings starting October 1!

Sweet girl!
Just one of the many celebrations this weekend!
WE LOVE CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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