Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Eve 2011

Our household has been attacked by the winter season sickness. Cash started the whole mess by throwing up in the car on the way home from Casey's game on Monday. (Note to self. If you think you cleaned up all of the throw up, don't be so sure. Always take the car seat out of the car, completely take it apart, and hose the entire thing off. Otherwise it will pool in hidden cracks in the bottom and days later when you emerge into the light for a trip to the store for more medicine, your car will wreak. And when you remove the car seat from the car, the hidden vomit will leak all over you.) Casey got a fever later that night and started feeling the usual sore throat, cough, ear ache, body aches, etc that come with the flu. Then Guy woke up with a fever. My boys were seriously a mess. Somehow I never got sick due to either righteous living, healthy living, or a miracle. Fingers crossed. After a week of being shut in vampires, we started living again.

On Christmas Eve, we made Cash's first ever gingerbread house. And let me tell you. It was a disaster. The icing wouldn't dry because of the humid heat, so we had a less than stable house to work with. Cash kept pushing too hard to put the candy on, so it started cracking. And the icing was a hot mess. It wouldn't come out of the tiny hole at the end of the bag without pushing so hard that the bag kept busting at the seam. I had it all over me. It was definitely an experience. Cash loved it.

Our adopted Puerto Rican family (Morales, Rodriguez, and Lopez families) always get together on Christmas Eve to exchange gifts. Cash's first Christmas present ever was opened at this party in 2009 and here we are again with our new baby Guy in 2011. We are so fortunate to be included in their family fun. They make the holidays so joyful and we don't feel so far away from home when we are partying with them.

Baby Guy's first Christmas
I bought this Santa hat for Guy at the store while he was napping and when I got home I realized that it was clearly too small. I almost like it better that way. You can see his ears and he looks like a little Christmas elf.

Feliz Navidad & Merry Christmas
Puerto Rico 2011
The Patterson Family

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