Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were pretty quiet around our house. We usually spend Christmas Eve with my family, but as everyone was out of town, we decided to get together after Christmas. Ken and I opened our presents Christmas morning. Thanks to my mother's influence, I felt compelled to take the obligatory photo in front of the Christmas tree.
Even Lola behaved for this shot
Then, about 11:00, we had Christmas Day brunch at our house with Ken, Jane, Melissa and Dave and then pretty much took it easy for the rest of the day.
After Christmas Brunch
In other exciting news, I'm going to have a new sister in law! Steve and Emily got engaged December 23. I'm so excited for these two and I'm so glad that we were able to get together after Steve proposed. We celebrated Christmas with my family December 30. We started out with dinner at Iguana Grill in Hoover and then went to my parents' house for present opening.
Callen thoroughly enjoying the riveting dinner talk
(Shortly after this he told me, "STOP THAT, AUNT B!" Apparently, I was taking too many pictures.)
Uncle Ken and Uncle Steve "playing" with the puppets
(These two like to stir up trouble!)
The newly engaged couple with Baby Callen
I enjoyed spending the holidays in Birmingham, but this was a weird Christmas for me. I am glad I got to see my family, but it was different than in the past. I'm so glad that Sue, Nick, Carter and Callen will be back in Birmingham, for good, soon and I'm excited to have Emily as a part of our family. I look forward to what next Christmas will bring!