The day after Christmas, the aftermath. · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois
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The day after Christmas, the aftermath.

The day after Christmas, the aftermath.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Our holiday went well, it was celebrated at odd times as usual but we had a blast anyway! All you really need is to be together right?

So, N came home from work late X-mas eve (11pm) and we proceeded to bake cookies and frost them. I wasn’t particularly thrilled with the sugar cookie frosting recipe we used. It was crazy runny and kind of pissed me off. I yelled “If I wanted runny crap I would have just mixed my powdered sugar with some milk until it was runny!” N just laughed at me and said it wasn’t that big of a deal. I felt like the world was ending.

We frosted cookies and stuffed stockings until about 2am X-mas eve and then fell in to bed exhausted. We slept until about 10am X-mas day which didn’t leave us much time to celebrate before N had to go back to work. We opened presents, ate cinnamon rolls and tried to make the most of our time together.

We left a soccer ball under the tree for Dixie and she was immediately playing with it and having a blast. We also hid a huge bone under the tree for her. The cats got a ton of jingle balls and cat nip filled mousies. We were really pleased that they were having fun with new toys.

N loves his new Wii that I scored for him on back Friday. He hasn’t hooked up or played with the Wii Fit yet, he’s only had about 3 hours of “play time” since opening the gifts thanks to work. I also grabbed him some pastel ties, a dress shirt, pants, ear warmers and leather gloves to keep his hands warm while reporting.

I was especially exited about the sweet lunch box (see it here) I found for him to take lunch/ dinner to work. I also got him a bouncy squirrel feeder (called a Squngee Deluxe Squirrel Feeder), a new wallet, some daddy to be books and a movie.

He got me an external hard drive for my Mac and also got me a new spiffy digital camera that is tons better than the one we currently have.

He also got me tons of stuff from Victoria’s Secret, a new bigger bra, low rise undies for my new preggo body, a fun house dress and some stretchy, low rise yoga pants. From Bed Bath and Body he got be some floofy, fun, no slip socks, nifty microwavable neck and foot warmers and a slew of bath goodies.

Last night, X-mas night, N and I planned on having a nice ham dinner when he got off work. Unfortunately at about 9:30 pm some drunk crazy decided it was a good idea to run from cops, going the wrong way down the road at about 100 miles an hour and he hit a car full of innocent people (including an infant) who were probably just heading home from holiday celebrations (you can read more about it here).

N was sent to the scene to cover the story and was late coming home as a result. That is the nature of the beast though, breaking news happens and covering it is what he does. So I made sure to adjust cooking temperatures so dinner would be hot and ready for him when he came home late.

I managed to make a ham, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, stuffing and a maple cheese cake from scratch without getting all tired and loosing energy, and I did it in only 2 hours. Dinner was great, then we played the Wii for about an hour before heading off to bed at 2am again.

N is back at work again today, then we’ll have 4 days together starting Saturday and we plan to play the Wii like crazy, spend some quality time together finally and to get in touch with the family back in Arizona. All in all we had a great holiday together. If you didn’t see our holiday carol that was posted in Christmas day you should stop by and read it now. I thought it was funny.

We have quite the car repair bill to work in to our budget now which is sucky but that is life. We are also optimistic about The Farm birthing options and are trying to see if our insurance does indeed cover their services like we suspect it does. What is new with you? How did the holiday go and what is on your mind now?

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  • Wow, what a day you guys had!

    FabGrandpa and I treated ourselves to a trip to the casino to play the slots and eat the buffet dinner on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day, we cooked some huge, way too big rib eye steaks on the bbq at the Christmas tree lot with our friends. It was an awesome day.

    Karens last blog post..Gluten Free Baking Classics

    December 26, 2008 at 7:26 pm
  • Wow, what a whirlwind. Glad you had a chance to spend some time together. Sounds like Santa was good to you 🙂

    Hope you both have a blast during his 4 days off playing Wii!

    Momisodess last blog post..Christmas Foil

    December 27, 2008 at 12:23 am
  • It’s tough when your partner gets home so late, but it sounds like you did a great job of adjusting dinner time.

    We’re trying to get all the STUFF put away.

    Hyphen Mamas last blog post..I think this is THE BIG ONE…Please donate body to science

    December 27, 2008 at 1:14 am

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