For the first time in our lives, we spent Christmas together, without the company of either one of our families. Because Jeneé was on primary call through the holidays we decided to both stay close to Bend, and celebrate together. I think we both knew it was going to be different, and in many ways difficult, so we leaned on each other and decided to begin some of our own family traditions. Although we both MISSED our families TERRIBLY, we ended up having a ton of fun, and even though it wasn’t quite the same, we did our best to combine family traditions as best we could.
We took a great walk through Shevlin Park on Christmas Eve day. The park is about 15 minutes from our house, and has many trails following Tumalo Creek. It was a beautiful day, with some fresh fluffy snow!
I mentioned earlier that we DID OUR BEST, to mimic family traditions, and we really tried! I was so excited to make my Mom’s homemade mac n cheese that I so fondly remember. However, I tried to double the recipe and it didn’t turn out well, unfortunately. Jeneé tried her hand at stuffed/ baked chicken, and while tasty, the inner meat wasn’t quite cooked enough.
Although we were laughing disappointedly at our efforts, we just decided the only surefire thing on the table was the wine…so we drank ALL of that!
What traditions did we start? Well, we decided to take a night cross country ski run out in our field, and we also watched “It’s A Wonderful Life” (which Jeneé had never seen??!!! Was she born in a barn?? 🙂
So overall we had plenty of fun, and the best part was spending it quietly, just the three of us at home.