Dec 27 2007

Christmas 2007

Stockings under the tree

I apologize for not posting in a while. I’ve been busy with graduate classes and just haven’t had the time. I missed posting some photos from Jude’s birthday. I’ll try to post a “year-in-review” post for New Year’s including some of the best images from the past year.

This part of the year is typically very busy for us as we live close to both of our families. We made to both Angie’s and my parents on Christmas eve and Christmas day. Additionally, we managed to attend midnight mass (as did both of our families) and open presents at our house on Christmas morning. Whew!

We spent the early part of Christmas eve at my parents house. The Staiano’s were in, as well and Laura Jeanne and Lawrence (also living in Brooklyn), and Laurie (who’s main focus is getting ready for her and Charles’s wedding). Dorothy and Casey were also there with their lovable (but large) dog Sampson. Angie had to work, but got off early which was very nice as it allowed her to spend some time over there as well. Before we left, we took a group picture of mom and dad with all of the kids and their spouses, and their children.

Christmas eve at the Lackman’s was very nice. Everyone other than the Musselman’s were there. Dorothy and Josh made a wonderful meal, and of course Jennifer had provided an abundance of baked goods for everyone to munch on throughout the evening. After dinner we exchanged gifts and sang Silent Night. The boys got awfully tired, and by the time we made it to the church, Jude was ready for bed. So much so, that he fell asleep after saying “hi” to Father Steve. We ended up in the basement of the church (the upstairs was full) which was a good thing. Noah spent the first part of mass wishing everyone a “happy Christmas”, and the latter half informing anyone of the family members that would listen that he wanted to go upstairs. After mass, grandma Dorothy took him upstairs to see the baby (Jesus) which made him very happy. Angie and I got to bed around 2:30 AM (the same time as the night before) after getting everything ready for the morning.

Christmas morning went smoothly. The boys woke up around 8:00 AM. After breakfast we opened gifts and then spent around an hour or so playing together. Angie helped Noah build things with his new Tinker Toys and I helped Jude get started with his Erector Set. The boys were pretty tired, so they spent some time lounging with mommy in bed before we got ready to go to Angie’s parents. Eventually we got ready to go and took the drive up to Apple Creek to say hi / bye to the Hooks, as well as to wish all of the Lackmans a merry Christmas. At around 3:30 PM we headed to my families for a Christmas dinner and more gift exchanging.

Ellen had worked all day to put together the meal, as mom wasn’t feeling well and had gifts to wrap. After dinner everyone pitched in to help clean up, then we migrated into the sun-room to exchange gifts. I must say, I was (and still am) a little overwhelmed by the amount of gifts everyone purchased for each other. I even made a list this year, and was still outperformed. Jude and Noah made out like bandits, but everyone did real well and the night was delightful. Grandma and Grandpa got the boys a Radio Flyer Wagon which, in addition to being a beautiful gift, was rather convenient as it allowed for us to package up all of their other gifts as a way of transporting them to the car. After another late night, we made it to bed around 11:00 PM. Unfortunately for Angie, she had to get up and work at 8:00 AM the next morning. The rest of us got to lounge around and take big naps. She’s recovered though, and feels much better today (two days later).

I’ve put together a compilation of the best pictures from the Christmas season. You can check them out here.