Christmas 2009…

December 26, 2009

…was fabulous!!

Ruby made out like a bandit. Thank you to everyone for sending her such great stuff. She truly had a blast opening gifts. Our favorite part of Christmas morning was her reaction when she saw the pile of gifts in the living room…”Holy Holy Cow!!” She said it over and over again, and Brian and I just laughed and laughed. She really enjoyed her crown and her tutu, and swept the whole living room with her new broom set. Sylvie was an angel (of course), and is really enjoying her new lamb skin. Soon she’ll enjoy her other gifts, but since they involve more than just laying around and smiling, she has to grow into them. 🙂

I, on the other hand, made out best of all, with my new enV phone, and my new iMac. Holy Holy Cow are they awesome!! If you look up the definition of “spoiled brat” in the dictionary, it will say Lauren Candee – Christmas 2009″ next to it. I am one lucky lady!!

Brian’s gifts looked like nothing next to mine, but he felt lucky to get some really nice stuff. I got him the Larousse Recipe Collection and Escoffier. His cookbook collection is definitely something to write home about – and it is obvious why he is so inspired in the kitchen!!

Christmas Day started out wonderfully, and ended even better with a great dinner. Power went out in most of West Asheville and surrounding areas at 9am due to a fallen tree, and the Canipellis, who we planned on having dinner with, also were without power. So, we improvised!! We all met at the restaurant, which thankfully had power, and cooked a gigantic family meal together. It was such a good time. We made Uncle Alex’s Tur-Duc-Hen, truffled parsnip puree, brussel sprouts, and a huge salad of dates, walnuts, ricotta salata, and mixed greens. For dessert we had a pear and sour cherry tart in puff pastry with cinnamon brown sugar gelato. We drank beautiful wines including a 2001 Bertani Amarone and a 1971 PX Sherry, and had such great company. The kids ran around like maniacs with the limited toys we brought with us! It was very cool to have the space to ourselves, and such a unique way to spend Christmas. Thank god for the restaurant!

Christmas Eve.

A hungry and tired baby waiting for Santa to come.

Christmas morning, still in bed.

Holy Holy Cow!

Daddy and Sylvie opening the lamb skin.

The crown and the tutu.

Sylvie sneaking a smile.

Brian and Kindra being adorable.

Brians and kids.

Ruby and Uncle Brian.

Merry Christmas!!!


One Response to “Christmas 2009…”

  1. Lisa Says:

    Will you adopt me?

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