My "little" siblings Jim and PJ
Sister Polly and Niece Eavan
Exchange student Lucciano entertaining my cousin's son Oliver
Wearing purple ribbons (pancreatic cancer awareness) for my sister-in-law's mom
And these photos were taken by my Aunt Brenda's beau Richard...
My nephew Joel loves him a piggy-back ride
Grandpa and his friend Larry playing one of their favorite games
My sweet grandma
Cousin Drew and his wife Sam
Miss Evelyn and my cousin's daughter Joely
I wasted no time in setting up the tree the day after we got home, with help from my niece and nephew, and hanging some holly around. And now it looks all cozy and festive from my place on the couch where I recently awoke from my after-dinner nap. The kitchen still smells like garlic from the meal I scrounged up and threw together with ingredients from our nearly bare cupboards. Thankfully you will rarely find us without at least a couple pounds of pasta in the jar, and we still have a pile of carrots in the fridge from our garden, as well as some broccoli in the freezer. So I sauteed the veggies with basil and cheese and chicken broth and piled it atop the noodles and was pleasantly surprised to find its taste to be second-helping worthy.
Now I have a stack of baby magazines next to me, a husband sprawled across the living room floor working on a Christmas gift project, Enigma radio playing on Pandora, and three recently devoured chocolate chip cookies in my belly. And to top it all off, I came home this afternoon to find we had finally caught the darn mouse that ran across the kitchen floor right in front of me a few nights ago! Life is good.