Christmas 2010…Sutton Style
December 24, 2010
Yes we know it is officially the day before Christmas Day….But in this house we celebrate Christmas the eve before….for a few different reasons.
First I guess would be that our family must divide it’s time between two homes. From an early age the girls had to adapt to spending time with both parent, their parents, and any significant other family members. At first we would alternate Christmas Eve vs Christmas Day. But after a few years we found it easier to have some consistency and so now Christmas Eve is devoted to the Sutton/Day side and Christmas Day finds itself with the Sanchez family. Honestly I think I have the better pick as I prefer preparing finger foods, punch, and lighter atmosphere that the night hours bring around. Rushing to get up Christmas Day to have breakfast, open present, rush to relatives to have lunch, and travel home again….Not My Cup Of Tea!!
We have found ourselves with a little visitor. Yesterday Andrew found a small champagne colored terrier wandering the streets. Afraid it might get run over he brought it in to the house. However when we called animal control they had already left for the day but assured us that someone would be around the following morning to pick it up. When 1 pm came and went I decided to check on the status just in case they closed early. To my surprise I was greeted with a message that animal control would be taking an extended holiday and would not be available for services until the following Monday morning. HMMMM….now what??
We knew the dog had to be from around the neighborhood. I thought it may belong to a fellow co-worker down the street and so I decided to check with her. Halfway down the street the rain decided to fall and now my newly fixed hair was receiving a soaking. After establishing it was not my friends I decided to check with a house Andrew had mentioned he thought the dog may be from. Sure enough they were missing their little one and were pleased to hear that we had found her for them. We were happy that she was back with her family but she was such a sweet little dog that it was a little sad to see her go. However Shyla had already established in the back yard the previous day that she was not having any nonsense about another dog in the house. We had to sneak her into Nina’s room that night as it was close to freezing outside and the poor thing didn’t have much of a coat of fur to speak of.
Girls went to visit my side of the family for a couple of hours and were back around 6pm. Tonight’s menu consisted of barbecue meatballs, General Tao’s Chicken bites, Grilled Shrimp and Scallops, Banana Bread (made fresh by Nina that morning), Chips and Pico de Gallo (made fresh by Beca), and of course our famous punch recipe!!!! Yeap a bit of everything to hopefully please everyone’s taste buds here.
Our stomach pacified it was on to the festivities of the gift giving. Andrew pulled out the camera at this point and took close to 300 pictures. I was able to capture a shot here and there of him but he was a little camera shy tonight. We got a little squirly at times though…..got to love those moments!!!!
With all the whirling paper finally landed we decided to settle down to watch a movie but the girls for the first time in ages settled in and fell asleep before more than 30 minutes of the show so we awoke them, packed up the car with Nina’s stuff as we use this time to do the mid year house switch and said our good nights.
Tonight was really a good night!!!!!