full tummies and a full house

Things are looking up: once I convinced H-J that drinking milk was taboo , he stopped puking, although he’s still on the BRAT diet. Those of us who have stayed healthy are living dangerously tonight: chicken chili for supper! (It’s spicier than I recalled it being…)

Mount Vernon, December 2007

Mount Vernon, December 2007 (the almost-twins are bookending the group)

Last year at this time, all of these folks were together — in 24 hours, we should be joining up again. My almost-twin brother & his family are making the trek from Wisconsin to brighten our holidays. 🙂 They are so easy to get along with, so we have a fantastic time together. (It doesn’t hurt that my brother brings a cooler of beer!)

I’ve got 5 sticks of butter warming up on the counter. I need to replenish the supply of cookies before our household swells to eleven! Right now, there is Christstollen in the oven and SuperDad brewed up a pot of chocolate-flavored coffee a little while ago. If this was a scratch-n-sniff blog, you would be going crazy with the wonderful smells.

Happy 2nd Christmas Day! (if you are of German ancestry)
Happy Boxing Day! (for my Canadian friends)

10 responses to “full tummies and a full house

  1. It sounds wonderful.

    All my butter is in the back of the fridge–the madness must stop!

  2. My house no longer has that “fresh from the oven” cookie smell and I miss it. 😦

  3. I can’t believe we’ve never made it to Mount Vernon…

  4. We did the turkey thing yesterday at my parents’ and had a ball. Both my brother and I are local, so it’s easy to get together.

  5. Scratch & Sniff blog! I wish! I bet it would be so fun to hang out with y’all!

  6. Flu is no fun, glad everyone is beginning to feel better. Our Christmas Elk didn’t turn out too well…that’s what my friends get for making me cook!

  7. The scratch and stiff idea would be wonderful to share your aromatic moments with.
    Nice stuff!



  8. Scratch and sniff would be deadly. We’d all have the munchies. Have a wonderful time with your family. 🙂

  9. yum yum yum yum!! i love the falling snow on your page too, btw 🙂

  10. I just love that picture – I grew up in Arlington, VA, and one of my favorite places to visit was Mt. Vernon. How did you get the picture to snow? That is so cool! Wish I could have been there to help you eat the Christmas cookies. Happy New Year, and I’m so glad you finally got Christmas dinner – even if it was three days late!