Christmas Ponderings

It's December 28 and I am finally calming down a bit.  The cross-country travel is done, the presents are scattered to and fro, and 99.9% of the cookies are in my belly.    It was a whirlwind holiday season this year for the family and I haven't even had time to think.       I will start with our cross-country journey to the Bayou to see my brother, sister-in-law and niece.  We were worried about the 15 hour drive (one way), but I have to say....the trip was well worth it.  I have thought a couple of times in the last 2 weeks about how Christmas was so magical when we were kids and now it is just an endless amount of items to check off my list.  I have to admit, my time in the bayou was incredibly relaxing:  there was no to-do list and every minute was surrounded by my amazing family.  I really do think it was the best part of my holiday.  There was a lot of magic being together!     

 Who doesn't love matching jammies and chilaxing with your cousins while you ponder what Santa might bring?

Pondering if they have been naughty or nice
Pondering if they have been naughty or nice
Santa Anticipation
Santa Anticipation

Don't forget about all the delicious food...

Preparing and enjoying Disco pancakes with the family...

Disco Mood
Disco Mood
Hope_Pancakes
Hope_Pancakes

  Like Buckeyes the size of Texas....

Texas-sized Buckeyes
Texas-sized Buckeyes

Or your Brother's Andouille Sausage...

Andouille Sausage
Andouille Sausage
Janie's poundcake
Janie's poundcake

Enjoying the Sounds of the Season...

Either performed by the children...

Hope_Guitar
Hope_Guitar
Romy_Guitar
Romy_Guitar

 ...or the Holiday Carolers who magically appeared smack dab in the middle of present time...

Cajun Carolers
Cajun Carolers
Caroling Fun
Caroling Fun

... Or perhaps by the Rockband Video Game.

Fun at the Inflatable Indoor jumphouse -- always a holiday classic, right?

Playhouse Fun
Playhouse Fun

 Yuletide Pranks...such as wiring the Ohio State bird to a fence and watching your brother do bird calls waiting for it to move.    

Taking Walks with your cousins.

Romy & Ryanne
Romy & Ryanne

Contemplating the Simple Meaning of Christmas. 

Contemplating
Contemplating

And finally, Peace Among Enemies.

I truly hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and enjoyed what really matters most.