Thursday, January 01, 2009
Happy New Year Everyone!
We had a pretty good Christmas this year. We all missed my mom and Monica's mom. We lost them both last year. But, we cling together and keeping some of their traditions help too. Although Moni and me and my nephew Nolen and his family have our own personal Christmas at home, the main events of gift opening and dinner are still at Jojo's house.
Monica's birthday is December 24th so of course she gets her day mixed in with Christmas. Our Santa Monica had two cakes this year. A small one from me and a big chocolate one my sister Marcia made for her.
While my mom Jojo was ill, she used a humongous amount of Kleenex. We should have had some stock in that company, anyway my sister started saving the Kleenex boxes. Last Christmas, from those boxes she built a fireplace, covered it with corrigated brick paper and made a wood grain contact paper mantle and voila a beautiful movable Christmas setting. Jojo would have loved it.
Note the gingerbread house Marcie made with Marcellus, 10 and NJ, 4. Tristan 9 months, was not involved because he is "the grabber". They would never have had enough materials to finish it with Tris around.
Me and Marcellus.
My nephew's beautiful wife, Aisha.
My wonderful nephew, Nolen.
We thought for sure "the grabber" Tristan would love tearing open gifts. But all the noise and paper tearing excitement especially from his brother and cousin only overwhelmed him and he climbed for the safety of mom's lap.
At my house, I love to decorate the bookshelves.
Moni's desk in our office becomes a winter wonderland.
Moni and I decorate the tree and windows with Jojo's hand made snowflakes.
Nolen and I have the same camera and being the confused people we are, a lot of the shots I thought I had are actually on his camera. But, here is NJ at school after his holiday program. Santa heard every word.
Moni found these adorable elves last year.
Happy New Year!