Thursday, January 16, 2014

Melberg Christmas

This year, we celebrated with Dad & Chris and  Brett & Charlie at our home the day BEFORE Christmas Eve, as we have done the past few years. Like the past few years, we once again only have pictures of gift opening. And...Unfortunately, Rachel and Peter had the stomach flu, so they weren't able to join us.
 No photos of my beautifully set table, or the perfect filet minion, asparagus, brussel sprouts, or potatoes. Why oh why didn't I get a photo of our pricey cuts of red meat!
 No photos of the toasty fire Mark made.
 No photos of us as a group, or good photos of the adults.
No photos of the poinsettia cocktails in champagne flutes.
No photos of  Mark what-so-ever! and just this nutty one of me trying on the pretty necklace Chris game me.
  (Wait - you can see the fire in most of the photos! But STILL no photo of our really very pretty Christmas Tree upstairs)
 No photos of Nana and Papa with their SMILING grand kids.
But there is this sweet, sweet picture of Marly helping Char-Char into his matching cousin's "Happy Howllllll-a-day" doggie PJ's
 Mark did captured Chris in a competitive game of Kurplunk! Look at the determination on their faces!
At the end of the night, we were full. 
We were happy. 
We were content. 
We are family.

Oh! and Brett and Charlie stayed the night (like we have done at Brett & Rachel's the past few years). Perhaps this is how those two avoided the nasty stomach bug that invaded their home!

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