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Monday, December 26, 2011

Season of Frenzy -- Celebration Edition, Part One

Today is Boxing Day and I should be out getting a good deal on a new camera. Maybe later -- I suspect all the crazies are out there right now! So, I'm just reveling in the past few days of holiday activity.

Our Christmas was filled with the good...

The gathering of family...

The annual Christmas cookie decorating on our first Christmas Eve...

A pretty table, a delicious dinner...

And presents!
The bad...

Kevin gets an adorable puppy.

Everyone loves Charlie B. Barkin'...

Who is sweet, placid, cuddly, adorable...

...and who came from Animal Control with a disease called Porvo.

(Charlie B. is currently at the vet getting a $1,000 treatment -- everyone chipped in -- and our fingers are crossed that they got him there in time and that he'll recover from this serious canine disease.)

The ugly...

So, it's Christmas Eve #1 and Greg puts carrot peels down the garbage disposal. This is taboo in Rick's house. With good reason.

It was rather colorful articulation that occurred...

Rick started; Greg took over. It didn't work.

Kevin to the rescue with the plunger idea. (Initially pooh pooed. But it worked!)

We didn't have Lifebuoy.

Irish Spring had to do!

The ceremonial licking of the soap.

The wonderful...

Our annual Christmas cookie decorating!

We started this when the kids were little as a way to do something on Christmas Eve after dinner that didn't involve video!

Love the concentration, with everyone working hard to get theirs just right!

Molly wrestled with year-old frosting in a tube. So far, no one has died from eating the cookie.

As always, Artist Greg does one cookie. One really spectacular cookie!

And that's just the first Christmas Eve! Next time we'll show what we did on Christmas Eve #2 -- and what Gyppy really thought of his bow!

20 comments:

Sharon said...

I am praying for the puppy. Please keep me posted.

Otherwise, it looks like you had a great deal of fun - and what would a holiday be without a snafu or two (such as a backed up sink!)

But I must ask - the ceremonial licking of the soap!?

Becca said...

Wow, what a variety of things for one Holiday!

Hoping that puppy does ok :)

Relyn said...

Christmas Day has flown past. Just now I have a quiet moment between bouts of after-Christmas sale shopping. I wanted to stop by and wish you all the joys of the season. As the quiet week approaches, may you find time to do all the things you most love. May you know, each day, how very blessed and loved you are. Happy Holidays, friend. ~ Relyn

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

Gifts and cookies and puppies--sounds idyllic! The plugged drain was just to keep things real, and to get all the guys working together, right? May your Merry Christmas continue all week!

Quiltmoose - Dagmar said...

Looks like you and your family had a lot of fun (apart from the plumbing experience)! I wish you all the best for the upcoming year, especially health!

Take care, dagmar

anno said...

Love the cookie decorating and the family gathering! Sure hope the puppy is feeling better -- he looks totally adorable. And, gotta ask: Ceremonial licking of the soap? Do tell!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Looks like a wonderful celebration - aside from the plumbing snafu! I learned my lesson on that front this fall as I totally clogged up my disposal w/ carrot peels as well. I had always put them down the drain at my parents but my disposal apparently can not handle them!

Dr. Kathy McCoy said...

I loved sharing your Christmas Eve, Jeanie! Please let us know how Charlie B. is doing! Poor little puppy! He looks so sweet!

My favorite part was the carrot peels down the disposal. I can't begin to tell you how many times that scene was enacted -- taking the pipe apart, using the plunger -- to purge potato peels from my parents' disposal. Some years ago, when visiting my sister for Thanksgiving, I put potato peels down her disposal (what was I thinking??) with the very same results. I love the reality aspect of this at your place and the seeming good cheer of all involved!

And please do tell about the significance of the soap! I'm intrigued!

beth said...

sorry....but i could hardly read or do anything but concentrate on the sick puppy.....poor baby. what an expensive way to start life in a new home, where obviously he will be very loved by his new parents and grandparents.......xoxo

Marilyn said...

I do hope the puppy is ok now. Licking of the soap? Now that is a new one for me. Decorating cookies on Christmas Eve sounds like a fun tradition. I like it.

Keicha said...

What a fun Christmas Eve, despite the clogged sink. The puppy is adorable. Parvo is serious, and apparently rampant in the animal world right now. I hope the puppy will be okay. I'll definitely be checking back for updates.

The cookie decorating tradition is one I think I'll borrow next year. Now that my daughter is older Christmas Eve always seems like a very long night with not much to do.

Thanks for sharing your pictures and traditions, although I'm anxiously awaiting with all the others to hear about the licking of the soap.

Oh said...

Your cutlines on these pictures are hilarious - enjoyed every single one. Rick and the soap made me laugh out loud. And that puppy? Well,I've made the whole family look at him and ooh and aah over him which i hope helps him get through that darn parvo thing. Please update!!!!!

as for the cookies, we see who the artist is but I KNOW who the artist really is - kudos to you for your family revelry and keeping them together, through thick and (carrot) skins!

Love the picture of the four of you.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and as soon as I clean up the kitchne (again!), I'll write some more!

And love the Paris card you sent!
Yes, to another bloggie meet-up!

Naturegirl said...

What an eventful Christmas!Certainly filled with the warm voices of family love. Sure hope puppy makes it through this illness..bless those that helped with the vet fee.

Friko said...

Hm, interesting selection!
So far no tears, no (major) disasters, all is sweetness and light.

Joanne Huffman said...

Your photos are brimming with love. Hope the puppy is OK

Herzblatt said...

Poor little puppy.....I am so sad, but hopefully it will getting better!! I pray for it!!
Your post is very interesting.....I love your biscuit decoration.
I wish you and your family a healthy and happy New Year and all the best for 2012 and that the Inkas are not right..:-)

Sandy K. said...

Love your post! We're praying your puppy is okay - how awful. This happened to a dog my son got, as well. But the holiday celebration looks wonderful:). Love the soap!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Oh...I hope and pray your dear Puppy survives that awful terrible disease...!! I hope you all got him to the Vet in time....!

What a lovely fun tradition to make and decorate Christmas Cookies...It looks like everyone really gets into it!

I look forward to Christmas Eve #2....!

And, I wish you and yours a Very Happy New Year! May 2012 Bring All Good Things To Your Dear Family!

Linda said...

All so cute. Hope puppy is okay.

Jennifer Richardson said...

there's just never the cost of the adoption, is there!
hope the pup is healing well
and that your cookies were gobbled in good health
and that these last sips of the year
are long and wonderful:)
-Jennifer

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