The first sweet words of the day came from Maria. Her eyes barely open, she spoke... "Merry Christmas eve in the morning."
Hello Ferris. Merry Christmas eve in the morning.
Ferris is either wide awake and completely full steam ahead... or he is...
This is how he greeted guests when they arrived for the big screening of the original "Tron." We had a holiday Geek-stacular festival, and the house was full of friends and family... a mini robotics reunion. Evidently finding DVD copies of Tron is not easy. Disney has them vaulted. We've had our copy since way back, because... well, because we are Geeks. Gosh, why would Disney want to hold back such a *ahem* "classic?" (*warning: colorful language link)
Speaking of colorful language and other sentence enhancers, I have been remarkably civil-tongued about a certain large appliance in our kitchen. The oven is still a bust!
Arggghhh!!! Mmmffwharbles! Snargggflat! Gnashwhackers!
A second part came, the 42 ton oven was hauled out, and nothing.
No oven wide enough for cookie sheets.
No oven deep enough for the big goose.
It was the wrong part.
And my poor mom, with six pies assembled and waiting, had to bake until the wee hours in the mini-side oven. Hopes are dashed. Cookie dreams are crushed. These are the domestic trials we endure. And still, we have refrained from truly ugly language.
Sorry. I just had to get that off my chest.
Life can be rough. It's enough to make you curl-up, cover your eyes, and take another nap.
Or have another party!
Ferris opted for another nap. We opted for an early Christmas celebration, with a turkey, big salad, lots of tamales and beans, smashed potatoes, yams, stuffing, cranberries, and those pies! And to enjoy the feast: Eunice and Becky, Julie and Adrian, Hans and Gretchen, Delia, and us...
My cousin Julie and her sweetheart, Adrian.
Maria knows when her aunt Gretchen is around, there is bound to be some glamor-time! They go way back with this tradition.* Maria loves her aunt Gretchen, and the quality time they spend together!
*editing this link, I discover yet another time I retained my composure under duress. lol
We had a little gift exchange. Hans and Gretchen are opening a skunk gag... they have such a skunk problem! My brother is about to resort to the use of special forces to rid themselves once and for all, so hopefully this Zhu-Zhu will be the the last skunk they have to contend with from now on.
This was the best gift of the night. Gretchen ordered puzzles made from our own family pictures. This 99 piece set is of Maria at the petting corral. A second one is a group shot from the same day in the country.
This is such a fun gift! Hold on a sec... I am going to get a link... Portrait Puzzles! Oh, and they are in Wisconsin... so they must be good!
Hans says the next one will have more pieces, because Maria and Gretchen finished this one so quickly! Maria and Gretchen just have sweet skills, and work well together.
Oh! Gosh! It's already ten. It is still Christmas Eve in the morning, but before it gets any later, I had better get off the computer and prepare for more fun!