The reason for our early Christmas morning was that we were traveling to RI to spend time with that side of the family for Christmas! We has such an amazing time being with family and friends over the holiday season! We arrived in RI on Christmas Eve (really the night before Christmas this time!) and that means we arrived in time for Christmas Eve dinner at my Uncle John and Aunt Lori's house for the traditional Italian Christmas Eve dinner! This is one of my favorite meals all year! I love all the fried fish and shell fish, the pastas, antepasto, clams casino... mmmm. I'm drooling just thinking of it! As my Nana grew up it was tradition for Italian Catholics to abstain from meat (well, meat from animals living on land) on Christmas eve, so there would be lots of pasta and sea food, but no chicken or beef. For the most part we still hold to this tradition and it is one I wouldn't mind continuing in one form or another. It is interesting how food, or rather meals are used to commemorate or remember important people and/or events. Christmas day itself was bursting with wonderful experiences! We broke from some traditions due to the fact that this Christmas fell on a Sunday. Instead of trying to get everyone up to open gifts at 7am (notice the word 'trying', I used to truly try to get everyone up, figuring that if I couldn't sleep on Christmas morning, no one else needed to!!!) we got up and had breakfast, my mom and dad, Ashley and I had a nice Christmas breakfast before Ashley and I went to church. But when we returned I could wait no longer and we immediately began opening gifts from Santa and giving gifts to my parents!
|Clearly Ashley is very excited to just open her gifts!|
|And clearly Ashley thinks my love of disc golf is so cute...|
The rest of the trip to RI was filled with friends, food and adventures! (If the three months after our wedding didn't ruin all the exercising and proper eating in preparation for the wedding, this trip RUINED ME!!!) As I mentioned there were so many good memories from this trip but two I would like to highlight are our trips to the Newport Mansions and our disc golf outing (gasp! I know you are so surprised!) I lived in RI the first 18 years of my life and have been back many times since and in all that time I had never toured the
We did not stay dry, we did not stay warm but we did have a lot of fun! (Thanks Mom for taking all the pictures and giving us the encouragement to keep going!) Needless to say when it was time to return to Texas we were not ready to go, it had been such a fun Christmas!