At the Martin's, we enjoyed brunch with the whole David Fort side of the family and the Martin side of the family. Margaret entertained us in her dress up outfits and Liza danced with the Wii, performed various medical procedures on "patients"and we all ate a delicious breakfast. We left there and hit the highway to Clinton to see the Raynor side of the family. As usual, it was a good time and so great to see everyone.....especially Granddaddy! Another holiday and that man is still here to celebrate with us! We ate fantastic food and played the Dirty Santa game, which as usual, provided plenty of entertainment. We came home with a nice fleece and a travel flat iron. We left Clinton around 8 or 8:30 and David drove us home safely to the beach.
On the 26th, we woke up and went to Steve & Julia's house just down the road for brunch and family Christmas on his side. Julia's kids were there, along with us, the Martin's and the Tripps. Not to mention James, Lindsay & Uncle Jim. We exchanged gifts, had great food (again) and (again) were totally entertained by the kids. Margaret has an enthusiasm for life that is unmatched by just about anyone. She is so fun. Liza is so smart, lovable and just plain cute. Eli & Ean are both a bundle of fun and I'm always giggling at something Eli said. After a few hours there, it was back to Whiteville for more Christmas fun.
Tomorrow (New Year's Eve) is David's 35th birthday. It's also New Year's Eve and I'm 8.5 months pregnant. We pondered what to do for his birthday AND NYE and we couldn't come up with much that didn't include being out and me being "that pregnant lady" in a bar after midnight. Hmph. So, considering I don't really care about being "that lady" in the bar EVER, we'll probably do dinner somewhere and ring in the new year at home. OR, we'll go up to Sunset Beach to the Wallace beach house and play with fireworks left over from the wedding. We'll see.....it's David's birthday and he can decide.
I'll report later on what we did to ring in the new year but it'll probably be a boring post. Something that wasn't so boring was the fact that I nearly lost ALL my pictures on my computer (over 30,000) when Iphoto crashed as I was importing Christmas photos. Eek! I wanted to cry, but then again, knew that I should have been better at backing up my computer, etc. Thankfully, I'm an apple care customer and Apple takes great care of folks like us. Thanks to Rex, in Oregon, I have my pictures. I don't even know that guy but he's my hero of the week. In honor of having my pictures back, on Sunday, I'm going to post my favorite pictures from 2011. I might even sleep with my new external hard drive (that now houses all of my pictures) under my pillow. Have I mentioned how awesome apple is?? I really like them and their customer service. And I really like that it's 10pm and I'm ready for bed.....goodnight friends.