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Monday, December 29, 2008

Stuffed full of Christmas!

It's been a looonnnng and exhausting month this December. The older we get and the more married couples that have entered our lives, we see ourselves attending more and more couples activities. It doesn't get as event oriented as December.

Ladies of VT-35: Me, Hye Sung, Megan, Andrea

VT-35 Squadron had a mandatory Christmas Party. Mandatory and Christmas together seems uninviting but because all of our good friends would be there it seemed less daunting. It actually turned out to be super fun and Brandon even won two free meals at a Mexican Restaurant.
Christmas morning baby Leben got to sniff the presents and was the first to open a present. He sure loves Christmas but he is still getting the hang of opening up the presents.
This picture of Leben should belong in a movie of some sort, perhaps one about the Mafia. He actually stole my candy cane I had sitting on the table and was shocked when he got caught.

This year I decided to test my craft skills. I really didn't have any craft skills to be honest. I'm not the perfect homemaker and I don't sew nor own a sewing machine but I found the sewing kit my mom gave me like 3 years ago and after a trip to Joanns fabrics, the stockings above popped out after a month.
I also decorated the stems of the wine glasses with frosted cranberries and a tiny ribbon. I didn't know what else to do with the extra cranberries I had.
My other crafty thing that I attempted to do was make a Christmas centerpiece for our dining table. Considering that I've never done this before, it turned out ok even though it was hard to wrap everything around everything else. But with my arms of steel, I managed. :-)
Here is the dinner table with the ham, double baked potatoes with scallions, onions, green peppers and cheese, and green bean casserole. Cye brought over the mac and cheese and a beautifully presented salad.

I made a selection of breads. From left to right I made soy dinner rolls and mini challahs and on the right normal butter dinner rolls.

When all was quite in the Adams household and all their guests had finally left, a baby Rotti fell asleep on the couch, wrapped in his favorite blanket of all.


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

It looks like you had a lot of fun!

Happy New Year!



Heather said...

awwwwwww. i love your puppy! so cute! all that food looks so good! and i agree... there are so many events in december. i'm always EXHAUSTED this time of year!!

Angsana said...

The centrepiece turned out very nice!
Wished we were there to tug in Leben:)

Thumbbook said...

I keep coming back to your blog to catch snippets of what Leben is up to :) He is so cute! Here's wishing you and all your loved ones a happy and healthy 2009! Cheers! From all of us at

Cynthia said...

Happy New Year!

Lore said...

Judging by the photos, I'd rather say you've always had craft skills even if you're only discovering them now.
The mini challahs look gorgeous and so does everything else!
Happy New Year to you and yours Valerie!

The Caked Crusader said...

Your doggies are adorable!