We dug into delicious appetizers (antipasto and crab dip), and we ended our meal with two dueling coconut cakes and a pumpkin roll. Mark and my brother-in-law, Tony, served as judges (like in Chopped) and both cakes won!
Before we opened gifts, I gave my sisters and mother a little tutorial on pinterest (everyone in my family is really creative) and the site amazed them all.
And finally, to the presents.
Kristina just received a personalized stethoscope from her proud parents as she's just begun her career as a vet technician -- hmmm, not sure Nicole counts as a proper patient though.
Among many amazing and generous gifts that the cousins gave Xavier and Miranda, Nicole gave Xavier a gift card trapped in a puzzle!
Other treasured treats were new kicks (that's sneakers to you who don't speak teen language -- just kidding, even they don't call them kicks anymore!), more gift cards, perfume, lotions, and nail polish.
As you know, I knit up a storm in anticipation of gift giving and below is a photo of my beautiful nieces (and one boyfriend) in their knitted wear.
|Mobius Cowl, Thorpe Hat, Xavier Beanie|
So, Christmas is now officially done for 2011. Anyone ready to start gift knitting for 2012?
P.S. Thanks, Esther, for your wonderful photographs of our celebration!