Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A jolly holiday with SueSue!

Well, it was a lovely day in the Steg household...everyone was well...and we could finally have our wonderful Christmas celebration with Sue Sue!  It surely was a jolly holiday with Auntie Susie!  We love her and she always makes celebrations extra special with her thoughtfulness and yummy food prep!
Someone else I know and love is also wonderful with food prep. I didn't want to be involved in too much of it due to my illness, so he took over and made the hashbrown casserole before he headed off to get Hays at her sleepover!
We made Sue Sue some gifts...they were last minute as is Steg-style so they weren't perfect...but they were heartfelt by the kids.  Here is the pics from yesterday of the kids making them....we made a garden stone...Hailey did the cat design...I love how it turned out.
Even Loggy helped...he wanted to help more, but it was a small stone.
We also attempted some gifts for Sue Sue's birds....edible bird seed ornaments.  They seemed like a good idea. But they don't like to be outside of a very cold freezer or they fall apart, so Sue Sue will have to hang them in subzero temps.  Or give them to the squirrels...apparently the squirrels already ate her other ones she bought.
They looked cute til they melted...oh well.  We had lots of flops this holiday...add it to the list!
A sideways view of the kitty stone.  Shelb did the sun and Ash did the flower...and the boys did the border.
And then Sue Sue arrived!  Lo was very excited to show her his new bday/Christmas toys!
Everyone was put to work prepping for the big brunch...these two set the table and tried to make it looks fancy...they may have argued a little :)
Susie made her famous cheesy scrambled eggs. I swear she makes them the best!  I remember them from childhood!
Giddy over eggnog...it's a tradition for these two to make/drink eggnog at our celebration...and Kev worked hard making it again in the kitchen today!  Sue even gave Kev some Kentucky Eggnog Spike!  He was excited!  I love how Sue looks with Christmas tree coming out of her head...hee hee :)
LOL...one of my fav. things lately about holidays...the menu Ash makes....she is an awesome guesser at spelling words. She makes me smile! :) :)
The ballerina is also a fruit organizer.  We attempted to make candy canes out of fruit...that was also a fail. 
Our delicious spread!  It was awesome. I didn't get a great pic here...but Sue Sue made awesome eggnog french toast...it was delicious!  And we made a recipe I got at my wedding shower from Mrs. C....hashbrown casserole!  It was a hit!  And then some delicious maple bacon and regular bacon (not burned this time!)...and maple sausage too. And the famous cheesy eggs!  Plus Orange Julius and homemade eggnog...and the fruit! 
Yumm!  What a spread!  If only a 3 year old thought so!
Lo was out of sorts today again...he seems to be on a good day/bad day schedule.  This was his off day.  He was nearing nap time and food was the irritant today!
Nothing was right...not enough whipped cream, waffle was too cut-up/not-cut-up enough...you get the jest of it.  Fun.
But Sue Sue put him in a good mood with some tickles...just in time for presents!
He was so excited about presents, he was jumping up and down...Sue Sue outdid herself...look at the overflowing tree!
The girls handed out gifts...and check out Lo...one track mind on his bday present...he had been eyeing it since it came in the front door.  It was not easy to carry, but he managed!
YAY!  Finally...once things get to the carpet, they can be opened!
He was very sweet opening it.
Then he started tearing it open!
It took him a minute to figure out what it was....
But, boy, was he excited!  A new front loader and matching dump truck! And Sue Sue said he could take it outside and dig in sand in the summer!  Double fun!
Then he started tearing open gifts....a plane from Sue Sue!  Awesome!
Sue Sue showed him how it worked and lit up and spun around!  Very fun! Plus we figured out later it could all come apart and you could take the batteries out...even more fun!
Awesome...he loves planes and this is officially the biggest one he has now...and the loudest (if he keeps the batteries in it)!
In the midst of the gift opening!  Sue Sue truly is the best gift-giver.  I don't know how she does it. She always makes gifts fun.  She goes above and beyond just knowing what all the kids love....even little things like hardshell, skittles, lifesavers...and she even made us goodies (snickerdoodles and puppy chow!).  And the gift cards are all burning holes in our pockets!  She is always so thoughtful with gifts. She has a gift for gift-giving!
LOL...best gift ever...a violinist Santa who dances to music.  Soooo funny!  Leave it up to Sue Sue to find this!
D loved his gifts...he really did...but he was not happy that I also seemed overjoyed by his goodies.  I reminded him that he goes back to school soon and I am left alone with a pantry-full of goodies to feast on! He was not impressed :(  I love lifesavers, skittles and hardshell!
Happy Hays :) 
Still in the midst of gift-opening...but check out Shelb...she always amuses herself...crazy girl...
Someone is not confident that daddy can put together his trucks....hmmm...
...but daddy proved us wrong.  And he had some good ol' fun loading his cars from his front loader to his dump truck!
Then we celebrated the bday boy again with a little cake.  He is a ham, that is for sure.
It was a sad little boat cake...made of all recycled parts...but Jake still drove it with pride and Lo was happy with it. He had been dying to eat the fondant off it since yesterday.
He even helped with the candle cannons.
 I was not kidding that he was grumpy again...I guess 3 is his hormonal time?!
 And what bday cake blow-out is complete w/o a nose-pick session.  Ahoy Pirate Picker!
 He snacked a little on that booger too! Yumm!
 Then he got shy...or maybe he was eating more boogers?
 But he came back to blow out the candles....it was hard maneuvering with that big sail!
But he made it work!                
LOL...he came in the living room with his plane pulling his ship...genius!
 Then Shelb played some violin Christmas carols for us...along with her Santa. 
She wasn't impressed with his playing.  She decided she is better than he is!   He never even touches his bow to his violin!  Faker!
 My fav. pic of Sue Sue and the gang...Don't be fooled...Loggy is smiling mostly bc Sue Sue promised him a snickerdoodle! :)  None of us are above bribery :)
Me and my handsome hubs!
Finally...Hailey got her apple crisp!  She has asked for it about every day since she got home.  She and daddy made it...yum!
After the celebration Kev and I headed to HHGregg to use our gift card from when we got our washer and dryer!  We came out with this....for the loft...for the kids.  It's better than all our other tvs...doesn't seem fair!
And then it was back home to finish up our SW marathon!  Oh the excitement!
Could we get any more fun than this!?
Oh, yes, we can!  Mint Hot Choc. and popcorn!  Yummers!  Oh and tomorrow in the early a.m. we are heading to the theaters for the real deal!
Someone was so excited by the movie, he fell fast asleep.  Poor guy. but no worries...he is back awake now and not tired at all!

It was a great day....a wonderful day celebrating with our Sue Sue...and lots of fun family time.  Feeling blessed!

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