Sunday, December 28, 2014

Arizona Christmas

It's never easy to be away from my family and my good friends in Indiana; but the holidays make it even more difficult.  Luckily, Eric's family has always welcomed me as one of their own.  This year Christmas was in the home of Rita and Paul, who recently moved to Tucson from Washington. It was a lovely couple of days.

On the drive from Phoenix to Tucson, we stopped at the beautiful San Xavier del Bac Mission.  We missed sunset by just minutes but the sky was still a beautiful sapphire blue.

The interior

On Christmas Day we all gathered at the Mills' residence.  Our morning got an exciting start as a coyote meandered past the front of the house!


Eric and I finally had the opportunity to meet cousin Stephanie's husband, Matt, and spend some time with their adorable daughter, Annika.

Matt and Annika

Eric and Stephanie catching up
Brian, Paul, and Rita were quite the chefs!  They prepared TWO turkeys!  One oven roasted and one deep fried...both delicious.

Brian checks the turkey


Sweet Annika watching her i-pad

 Rita set a beautiful table and more family began trickling in as dinnertime approached.

Brenda and Crosby assisting with veggies and dip

Crosby tries, unsuccessfully, to steal Annika's chair

And then she caught a ride on his leg!

Brian and Paul continued cooking and even tending bar.  They were fun to watch...such pro's!

Paul taking out the deep fried turkey!

Brian finishing the gravy
Outside, storm clouds started rolling in as the kids enjoyed the December Arizona weather.

Christian, Annika, and Courtney
 Finally, the feast was ready and we all gathered around to eat!

Stephanie, Matt, Bruce, Julie, Crosby, Celia, and Brenda

Turkey two-ways, sausage stuffing, green bean casserole, homemade gravy, mashed potatoes
Thank you to the Mills' and the McDowell's for a wonderful Christmas.  I hope everyone back in Indiana, and all over, had an equally blessed Christmas. 

"Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart."  ~ Washington Irving


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