Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Eve

Here's some of what's been happening:

  • C had her very first private ukulele lesson yesterday with her guitar teacher.  She's going to have one more ukulele lesson over break, plus her usual guitar lessons.
  • This evening, C has been working through a ukulele chord book that I gave her.
  • Christmas Eve was more civilized than usual, seeing as how the presents were wrapped and the tree was brought in earlier this week.  We also did our grocery shopping last night, rather than today.  So much better!
  • By the way, Aldi's is a great place to do Christmas grocery shopping, because they have unusual items.  
  • Today is kind of a blur, but the big kids (with some help from Baby T) did nearly all of the tree decorating and hauled nearly all of the gifts downstairs to put under the tree.
  • We did oplatki.
  • My husband baked salmon with oregano, dried basil, Chinese ginger and turmeric.  It was very good.  I made mushroom soup from Campbell's and sliced in some fresh mushrooms.  Several members of the family loved it.  We also had garbanzo beans, naan from the store, brussel sprouts and some strawberries from earlier.
  • Then we opened presents.  One side of the family did entirely Star Wars and Star Trek themed gifts (Baby T now has some Star Wars pjs that she loves).  The kids also got to play with a mini-drone and a funny flipping robot toy from grandma and grandpa.  The kids got a lot of small items from us.  D got the set of Rook cards and fake jewels that he had requested (the jewels are for a hoard), as well as some sand castle molds.  C got a couple of "For Dummies" guitar books (Guitar and Guitar Theory).  The guitar theory book looked hard.  T got some new play doh and we regifted an old lion flashlight to her.  (Problem--the roaring when it lights up scared her.)  I got my husband the Ankh-Morpork board game based on the Disc World books.  He got me a big box of carefully-selected Torani coffee syrups.       

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