i thought that today might turn into a disaster of sorts. well; not a colossal disaster, but certainly something that we might not be able to handle. mr. parks and i appear to have successfully cooked christmas dinner for his mom and stepdad. i know, i know, it doesn’t sound like a great accomplishment, but it was the first time we have attempted such a feat. usually our moms, stepmoms, and various restaurants/caterers have tackeled this challenge. but today, it was us.
i truly felt like we did it right – we had the christmas lights up, the tree, candles, and some TSO. our house smelled right; it really smelled like christmas. i didn’t know that we were capable of reproducing my childhood memories in our own home. i almost thought that little kids would be running around, counting down the minutes until gift-opening time arrived.
i don’t mean to overdramatize this whole experience – but something just feels great when you realize that you can carry on christmas traditions. mom; thanks a zillion – i think i called you about 40 times while attempting to prepare a feast. all i hoped to do was to recreate the feeling that you give us every christmas; and if we partially did so, i consider it a complete success!!
debbie, thanks for the extra guidance and the fabulous twist on the sweet potatoes; it may become an instant classic. and doug, thanks for your help with our garlic mashed potatoes – i hope you enjoyed the cheesecake!!
grandma and grandpa – i can’t wait until we go to florida. thanks for coming over tonight and checking out our home. i’m so glad that you got to spend a little more time with mr. parks!!! and beautiful goose, of course!!
and on to the things that we love…
i love stocking stuffers from mr. and mrs. claus; aka marmar and poppy
i love beautiful matching necklace and earring sets from santa and my soon-to-be extended family
i love massages!
i love wine and yummy food
i love time spent with family and friends
i love becca’s birthday!!!
i love how happy gus is when he opens his presents
i love to look at banner, michael! and to laugh and laugh and laugh
good night to all, and to all a good night!!!!