So first things first, I wanted to share this year's holiday card and a couple of outtakes too.
Yep, we all had Chanukah outfits, even the horses!
|Pony Chanukah outfits made by Hopeful Equestrian, you can find her on Etsy!|
|Don't tell Rio I posted this. He'd be so embarrassed.|
|A rare moment of Jamposaur with his head down|
|Usually it's like this. This might actually be my favorite photo of us ever.|
|The pugs and I had perfectly matched outfits. Expect to see them again for years to come.|
My mom got Amazon Prime earlier this year, and she's really getting pretty good with it. She got me a Rebecca Ray bracelet on there! (But I forgot to take a picture, sorry. I'm sure it will be on Thursday's Threads soon.)
My brother and his family were at Disney a few weeks ago, and I had told my nieces to make sure they say hi to Eeyore for me if they saw him. So they brought me back this adorable stuffy:
My car dealer is just down the road from a mall and several shopping plazas. I was mostly done with shopping, but did have to pick up something for my little brother at EMS (his original gift never shipped). So I stopped over there and at the 5 Below store before heading home. The farrier arrived just after I did, so that was great timing. The boys are now ready for winter!
|Jamp's not fond of the burning hoof smell|
Anyway, for the last several years, my family and my brother's wife's family all gather together for a Festivus meal of Chinese Food. My dad usually brings the food so there's enough to feed a family of 100. There were 17 of us. I'm still full.
Christmas eve day was a really nice one. All the ice and snow were gone, it was in the 40's and I had nothing planned except for meeting up with my mom in the evening. So you know what I decided to do??? Yep, you're right! I rode my horses! I threw Jampy on the lunge line quick first, since other than for posing for photos the weekend before, they haven't been ridden in almost three weeks. He was surprisingly not wild so I climbed aboard. Of course we did have a few of these moments:
Actual Christmas Eve turned out to be a little weird. My mom and I do Santa stockings for each other, so I went over there to do that. Mom supplied the bagels and lox (we had to Jew up the occasion a little afterall) and we had fun opening our stockings together. But when we were done, mom looked out the window and saw 4 cop cars stopped in front of the neighbor's house. These neighbors are like family to us, so we were really worried. Mom called over, and they said someone had fallen over at their son's apartment. (Son is a grown man in his 40's, recently divorced so he's back living in the apartment over their garage.) Mom and I walked over just to make sure our neighbors were ok. Really sad turn of events, the guy who fell wound up passing away. He was a friend of the son. Really tragic, especially so on Christmas Eve.
I headed home soon after all that. The boys needed their stockings filled and it was starting to snow. I hate snow, but I know that people like a white Christmas so as my gift to everyone, I didn't complain about it. You're welcome!
As in most years past, Santa overestimated the size the horse's stockings.
Christmas morning came early, but not as early as it probably did for those of you with human kids. It was the weirdest morning. When my alarm went off at 6:45 it was raining torrentially. Like the kind of rain where you think the sky is falling. So I decided to hold off on going out to feed for a little bit and went back to sleep. When I woke up again at 7:15 it was snowing just as hard as it had been raining. Such weird weather. I got some really pretty photos though!
|Believe it or not, there is no filter on this|
For Christmas, it seems Santa brought Jampy a pet rat. Or I think so anyway. When I walked in the barn there was a hay trail from Jamp's stall door to the tack room, and underneath the one tack trunk that sits up high. I wasn't emotionally prepared to deal with another rodent, so I have not yet actually looked under that trunk... It can have the week, but when I get back there will be traps out, and his days are numbered. I just CAN'T with rats. CAN NOT. So gross.
Anyway, once the tall kids were fed and I swept up after the new pet rat, I went back in the house to help the pugs with their stockings.
Since my first step mom, and also my current one, was/is Catholic, I've always spent Christmas with my dad. And we do our present exchanges on Christmas. We did dinner first, and it was amazing. Sorry I have no photos, but my dad made a roast, and my step mom made scalloped potatoes, asparagus, green beans, corn bread, and a jello mold. And homemade cheesecake. Seriously, if i haven't doubled in size after this weekend it will be a miracle.
I ran home in between dinner and presents to feed the animals. So nice that it was fairly warm and the roads were in good shape so I wasn't gone for more than an hour. Everyone picked out the perfect things for each other, and I was pretty excited about this:
|Not as excited as Juno was for her Santa toy though|
December 26th was mostly reserved for packing. But first I did the barn chores and groomed the ponies. Then I brought the short kids to the vet for a nail trimming:
|don't let those cute faces fool you, it takes multiple people to trim their nails.|
Today was a tie up the loose ends at home and travel day. And now here I am in sunny Florida!
How was your week? Do you celebrate Christmas? What did you do? Did you get or give any great gifts?