We hope all of you have a great Christmas today and hope that you have a great ending to 2011.
With most of Shelley’s family out of town, we had the remaining family members over this morning for breakfast and presents. That was a lot of fun having everyone over this morning. We Skyped with Sue and Sierra in England, Bev and Bill in Sun Valley and Burl and Diana in San Antonio. Tonight we are having everyone over for Christmas dinner and we’ll make some more calls to the rest of the family around the country.
Once the stockings went up over the fireplace, Ripley and Jake knew something was up. Even with them empty, Ripley has been guarding them from Jake. This morning, Ripley and Jake could smell the food in them and the two of them fought a few times till we got the stockings down. The small one’s were for the dogs, the big one’s are for us humans.
Courtney got some new boots from Travis.
Noah’s son, Ryder, got himself a new bike!
In a few hours everyone will begin showing up for dinner. Here is the appetizer table.
Tonight’s dinner menu consists of some smoked duck that Travis has prepared. This will be paired with some prime rib I have in the oven as I type this post. Shelley is making some Rosemary Red Potatoes and caramelized carrots to go with the duck and prime rib. Sylvia is making the Hernon Green Jello as our green salad accompaniment. This will be preceded by tomato soup. For dessert we have a cheese cake a co-worker of Shelley’s made us for Christmas. Of course, dinner would not be complete without family wine from Fraser Vineyards and home brew from me. Bruce, Travis and I will finish off the evening with some fine cigars on the patio.
If you’re coming to dinner, we can’t wait for you to get here! We hope the rest of you have a great time with your family where ever you may find yourself today celebrating Christmas.
Don’t forget to raise your glasses at dinner to our soldiers, airmen, Marines and sailors serving overseas around the world who can’t be home with their families this day. Also, let’s not forget your local police, fire, medics and dispatchers who are working today as well.
Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you all have a great day!