Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 Christmas in Pictures

I hope you had a beautiful Christmas with your loved ones. We had quite an eventful holiday, but it was wonderful. I love that we get to do so much and see so many people from BOTH sides of our families.

(I know I keep saying this, but I just wish that my Mami and my Mom were still here!!! I miss them soooo much!!!)

The best gift (other than this baby of course!) was having Roxana home for the holidays. We were completely and utterly surprised to find her at her parents home on Dec. 20. WOW!!! Richard cried so much when he saw his sister. I cried, too! (In fact, writing this makes me all teary-eyed again.) Roxana has been gone for two years. She's been cloistered in a monastery with Carmelite nuns who are not allowed to go out and have any contact with family. When we visit, we see her in her nun outfit (or penguin suit, as we say jokingly!) through some metal bars. It's been very tough for her family, but this is the life she has chosen. For whatever reason, she was allowed to leave and she is here with us for THREE months! She wants to go back, but I pray that she stays. Not because I don't want her to be a nun, but because I don't want her to be a cloistered nun. I want her to do what she feels is right, but we want her to share with her family. When her grandma was critically ill in the hospital, we couldn't even reach Roxana to let her know -- and if we had reached her, she wouldn't have been allowed to visit the hospital anyway. Thankfully, Abuela Meri is home and doing well.

Here is a photo of Roxana and Richard the day she came home.



And here she is with her mom on the right and her grandma on her left (and her grandma's sisters).



Christmas Eve was very nice. I was happy to have my Titi Mae and Jorge join us at my in-laws' house. I love spending time with them and I cherish our family time.



After dinner, they were caught red-handed in the dessert section (heee!).




Here's our self-portrait for the evening...



And family photos by the beautiful Christmas tree...




On Christmas morning, we had our traditional BIG breakfast with my family. I baked two quiches, bought some ham and cheese, clementines, hummus with pita chips and some cheese danishes from Starbucks. Titi Mae got bagels from Einstein's, pate, and she baked a delicious cheese artichoke dip. YUM!!!



Then we opened presents...





And some family members went to bed and passed out afterward (I won't mention any names!)

Richard and I headed to my in-laws house next, where they dressed up the dogs (I got this doggy dress at the Target Dollar Spot for $2.50).



Then we opened presents...




Richard's grandma seemed to really like the soft cuddly throw we got her!



And we got a good laugh at my father-in-law and Richard's uncle FLASHING us with their awesome new robes!



My BFF was sick with a cold so we couldn't visit them this year since I am pregnant and all. Teehee! But we did get to go to Richard's cousin's house. They made a delicious dinner and this beautiful flan.



Oh, and by the way, my chocolate ganache cheesecake was a HIT!! My family and Richard's family loved it! In fact, my hubby said I "outdid" myself. Hmmm...




We ended the night watching Roxana sing some religious music and play the guitar. I missed seeing her play music. She's gotten really good! Richard joined in and sang with her. I LOVE this photo of the two of them...



I am finally working on my December Daily album -- after a brief scrapbooking hiatus during my first trimester! I still cannot stand the smell of my scrap room, but I actually have the urge (and need) to be creative so I am plugging along! I am on Day 16. I will post photos soon...

I guess I should have warned you about this loooong post at the beginning! But if you made it this far, I just want to say THANK YOU to all who left me sweet comments on my previous post and to those of you who come to visit my blog and leave me comments. I truly appreciate you!!!

Have a HAPPY NEW YEAR filled with love, health and happiness!!!

12 comments:

Maritza said...

Awesome post as usual. So happy that your sisterinlaw is home. She's beautiful. God bless you all and little VR. Hugs. Happy New Year!!!

Dawn said...

Love the picture of the dog dressed up. =)

Ady said...

What great pictures of your Christmas. I missed u much but I'm looking forward to Christmas next year...

Everett said...

Christmas is all about love,I'm happy that one of you was enjoyed your time


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Anonymous said...

Wow Scrappy, you had a great Christmas. I am so glad that Roxana came home. I hope that when she feels the love you all have for her that she will stay.
Christmas IS truly all about love and family. Glad "baby scrap" is a part of this one.

Jeanie

Damaris said...

So glad you enjoyed yourself. What a blessing to have R. home for the holidays. Hope to see you soon.
Hugs,
Me

~Nancy~ said...

It looks like you all had so much fun!! Love pics (especially the puppy all dressed up.. haha) Big hugs from The Netherlands!

Caryl Hope said...

Glad you had a wonderful Christmas. This is what I miss most at Christmas... being surrounded by my family, sharing the joy of the season. Seeing your photos made ME teary-eyed.

Good thing you took photos of the dog and those deserts! :-) Man, I wish I was there... Teeeheee!

Jenny said...

Just stumbled upon your blog and really enjoy seeing all the family photos and people just enjoying one another's company! Congrats on the baby girl! I have two boys and I'm done, but no matter what, your life will be filled with even more love, laughter, and smiles!

Seanaya said...

WOW nice food.. I really love..

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tyrone said...

Christmas is all about love,,,I'm happy that all of you loved each other..

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Sharon said...

Wow you need to post the recipe for that cheesecake you made. Looks delish!