Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve

What's Christmas Eve without a walk with bare feet?

I love the trees and plant life in FL.

 The volleyball pit makes a great sandbox.

Mom taught us how she makes her homemade spaghetti sauce, originally from her brother Jaime (he use to work at an Italian restaurant). Holy YUM!

From memory:
6 cans Hunts tomato sauce
5 cups water
4 TBSP olive oil
5 cloves garlic, sliced
2 onions, sliced
3 TBSP basil
3 TBSP oregano
1/2 cup parmesan cheese

Saute onions in olive oil. Add garlic. Add basil and oregano. Once onions are opaque, and things are smelling yummy, add the tomato sauce and water. To thicken and give it some salt, add the parmesan cheese.

She then made homemade meatballs with parmesan, basil, oregano, italian bread crumbs, and popped them in the sauce for maybe 5 or 6 hours? The house smelled amazing. Oh my.

During our FFA (Forced Family Activity), we made these cute ornaments.


Bum shots. Bwahaha.

 Ty and Isabelle planned out their "Adventure Time" drawings.

Christmas Eve dinner was beautiful and and delicious!
After dinner, the traditional one-gift-opening.

 Bella adored her pink build-a-bear named Rapunzel from Isabelle.

A wonderful blessed day. I am so lucky to have my family all around me this time of year. 
Feeling like a kid about tomorrow.
Not a creature is stirring.

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