Poor Jade was way bundled up as we headed out to spread some Christmas cheer by delivering some Christmas cookies to a few neighbors. I had to take a picture, I mean come on....she looks like an adorable little blimp.
Did you know it takes 10 years to grow a Christmas tree? Neither did we, but we found that out at the Christmas farm where we chopped down our tree. Yes, we CHOPPED our own tree down. It was really fun. We rode on a wagon led by two beautiful horses, through acres of trees. Some were small and we were told they were only 2 years old....it was interesting. We picked our tree because it had little pine cones on it, which mostly fell off...but we thought it was charming. We drank hot cocoa, then went home and decorated it. It was precious, that is all I can say. Simply precious. God is so wonderful and he has blessed us so much. We would like to wish you all a very, Merry Christmas. Much love <3
(6) For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (7) Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.
Hazel entered the room excitedly proclaiming that she had spelled her name on her computer. Only she misplaced the Z. I think it's because Z seems to be her favorite letter so she placed it first. So we know refer to her as "ZHAEL".
This past weekend we had breakfast with Santa. Joe was catering the event with work at the Macy's in Philly. It was so fun. The girls even got to see Daddy in action. We had a lovely breakfast and it really solidified the Christmas season for us, with the decorations, music, and Santa. I don't think Jadey really liked Santa...I felt bad. I was called to help console her but it didn't work. All in all we had a fabulous time. We wish you a wonderful season and that it is focused on our saviors birth!
After many, many hours of Daddy being away Hazel is eager to greet him with hugs and kisses. She hops on his lap and has many things to discuss. Such as, "Is Christmas really Jesus' birthday?", and "what's the difference between fairies and Angels?"...questions that only Daddy can answer.
She says that when we play music in the car and ferociously moves her head to and fro. I snapped these pictures of her rocking out on a rocking chair. That chair is really special because Joe's sweet Grandmother, Rosemary gave it to us. It was Joe's childhood rocking chair, and it is so priceless to me!
Like many out there, we have tons of leftovers...tons and tons. We sent some home with family and still have a fridge full. Last year we opted for turkey nachos, so preferring tradition and the easy way out of things, I suggested them again. My husband, being a chef and always looking for a challenge replied, "no let's think of something different". Hungry, and slightly annoyed I began to take a mental note of the contents of our fridge, and our basement fridge. "mashed potatoes" I said, "turkey", hmmmm "acorn soup"......"I got it".....turkey curry!!! We jump at the chance to eat rice, so we thought we would make some jasmine rice and turkey curry. My husband being a genius decided to take the mashed potatoes and make samosasand then he went even further and made a sauce for them out of yogurt and the leftover cranberry sauce. Aaaaand I fell in love even more because he baked the samosas rather than fried them, and I think I ate 100. Hazel and Jade loved them too.
We bought wonton wrappers for the samosas, Naan, we made up some jasmine rice, and had the curry in the fridge. We chopped up some onions and carrots to add to the acorn soup and added shredded turkey...so really we Incorporated what we had with our thanksgiving leftovers. I am telling you it was absolutely delicious!
The picture really does not do it too much justice. We were eager to eat so Joe quickly snapped the pic. I love being a member of this family...my stomach does too!!! I'm eager to hear about what everyone is doing with their leftovers....so leave a comment and let us know what you have come up with!!
Tonight we feast on BBQ Turkey sandwiches!!!!!!!!!!
A blog about the Montgomerys. Consisting of Joe, Monica, Hazel & Jade (UPDATE: and MAXFIELD RIVERS our one and only PA baby). Californians (well Joe was born in the Midwest but lived in Cali 1/2 his life) transplanted to Philadelphia. Follow their adventures, and growth as they continue to trust in God on the path he has placed them on.