It was Aubry's first Christmas, and James' parents flew up to spend the holiday with us. It's hard to have his parents living so far away, and while on the calendar it seems like just a few months between visits, with a child it seems like an ocean of time.
We are lucky that my mother moved in with us back in April. My dad died in 2007, and getting pregnant gave me a great excuse to have my mother join us in DC and help raise Aubry. Having the whole family together made for a very special week.
This week we feasted, and I focused on good Louisiana flavors and cooking. Mornings were spent drinking black coffee and eating baked goods, the highlight being the blueberry rosemary breakfast custard.
Christmas Eve I hovered over a gumbo all day and we devoured a huge pot that night. And Christmas dinner itself, well, that is worth some photos.
It will be hard to see them leave, but it was a week of laughs, joy, and reflection. It has helped me reprioritize for this coming year, which will be a topic of a future post. For now, I hope that if you are reading this, you had a great holiday break. If you happen to want any of the recipes, just let me know in the comments, as I am still feeling out how a personal blog will work and am happy to expand any direction.