It is so hard to believe that Christmas has come and gone and that 2011 is right around the corner. I remember being in high school, thinking that just a few months after I graduated it was going to be the year 2000 and thinking it was so strange to enter a new century. Now, it feels like I blinked and we’re already over a decade into it. But before I jump that far head, I want to revel in Christmas a bit longer.

This Christmas we headed up to Northern Cal to visit with the in laws. Though it’s always wonderful to take a little journey and spend time with family, Mr. C and I both agreed that it was very difficult to leave our new Home Sweet Home and spend Christmas on the road. It didn’t really settle in until plans were already made that we wouldn’t be spending our first Christmas in our new home. Though we love our family, part of us ached to not be able to start building Christmas traditions in our home. We have already agreed that in 2012, it’s all about staying home for Christmas. I can hardly wait!

On Wednesday night, as I quietly predicted to myself, Mr. C got a “bee in his bonnet” about leaving early. So, instead of heading out on Thursday morning as planned, we packed up the car (which in itself took over an hour – you’ve never seen as much stuff as we crammed into that car, including our dog) and left on Wednesday night… at 9 pm… arriving at 1:30 am on Thursday. Ugh… though it was incredibly exhausting, it WAS nice to wake up in a warm bed that morning after sleeping in very late. Rest was in order and rest is exactly what we did for most of our 4 days in Willows. Jackson served as an example for all of us in that respect. Oh, and Pop too. 😉

We did venture out of the house just a few times. The first was the first night, in which we all headed up to Chico to feast a Sierra Nevada Brewing (one of Ry’s personal faves and something he’d been craving for a while). It was a wonderful time of laughter and great food.

Dear friends Tim and Amy… Take 1
Take 2 – Tim, we think it’s hopless. You are the “Chandler” of photo subjects. 😉
Pop and Mummy – can you see why they make such handsome children?!
The hubbs and the most terrible beer on the planet
Just the two of us
Jenee and friend Chris… he’s going the way of Tim with these pics. 😉
Pop, trying the most terrible beer on the planet.
He’s a good sport.
The boys also ventured out the next day for a motorcycle ride, taking advantage of a break in the rain, while the gals did some cooking and chatting. Pop got a beautiful new bike and was just itching to go on a ride with his son. They look so cute all geared up and ready to go!
Of course, we had to get Jackson out for his daily exercise too. He really enjoyed the fields at Mr. C’s old school!
One of our favorite Corum family traditions is the one that happens every Christmas Eve and one that Mr. C. and I have added in as one of our traditions as well…
PIZZA!!!    
 …and Christmas Eve service, of course!
We awoke on Christmas morning to an absolute mountain of presents. The photo doesn’t do it justice. The living room was literally at least half full of stuff!!! The Corums are spoilers, or should I say, their Love Language is Gifting. We were again overwhelmed with their generosity. We had a wonderful time opening gifts, laughing, and building some fun memories. One such involves Mummy and I won’t share to spare her the embarrassment but we’ll be talking about it for many Christmases to come!
Say CHEESE!!!! 🙂   
Before we knew it, it was all over and time to head home after church the next morning. Mistakenly, we believed that after unloading a car full of gifts in Willows, we would have more room for the drive home. We neglected to remember how much we would be bringing back due to the loving generosity of our family. I do have to say, the only one that truly suffered was poor Jackson…
I’ve got to hand it to him, he didn’t even flinch when the box fell on top of him.
What a truly great and memorable Christmas. Thank you Mummy, Pop and Jenee for taking such good care of us. We’re blessed to have such a family. Merry, Merry Christmas.

One thought on “Christmas # 1

  1. Amy Street says:

    It was great seeing the three of you at Christmas. And Jenn, I must agree, sometimes it's just hopeless trying to take a picture with Tim and all his silliness! LOL!! I love your pictures of Jackson. Such a sweet dog!

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