My family doesn't mess around. Presents come first.
(But big thank you to my fellow throwdown chef, my sister Ana, for prepping the meal and dipping into the wine before my M-O-M and Larry arrived!)
James is super polite. He hugged and thanked each person after he opened each gift. I didn't even tell him to do that!
Oh no... Is that a regifted Gnome Chia Pet?
Tia Kiki and Tio Berto sent a present for James. It rained money! He was so thrilled! (Jim not so much the next day when he cut each bill out.. Ha!)
Those are $$$ hanging from the umbrella! James was so thrilled!
And then he got a small box full of money from Grandma and Grandpa. Good thing it was clearly labeled "For College!" And a wad from Uncle Rich and Tia ChaCha!
And a super large water gun? This kid wants for nothing!
Apps- cheese and meat plates, keeping with our French theme..
Coq au Vin for dinner. It might look like a mess on a plate but it was divine chicken and mushrooms cooked and soaked in wine!
After dinner we played a board game that Tia ChaCha and Uncle Rich gave to James. It was really fun! A lot of "would you rather..." questions, giving you a choice between two and guessing what the others would say. Also, some cards had some fun challenges, or dares.
James chose one of those cards and he opted to come up with his own challenge rather than what was suggested on the card. He is creative like that. But he had to think for a minute about what exactly he would do...
He chose to be wild and crazy and shout out to the world...!
That's how we roll!!
Merry Christmas to the Koldens and Hulletts! And to the Esteves family- far away but so close to our hearts! Awwwww...