This year was an Icardi Christmas year, and they all came up to Virginia to spend one whole week with us! I LOVED having a houseful of family members here.
On Tuesday (the 23rd), Mom, Dad, Timothy, Natalie, Mike, and I all went into downtown DC to visit the newly re-opened, renovated American History Museum – part of the Smithsonian.
We took the Metro into town – I’m not sure if this was Timothy and/or Natalie’s first subway-type ride… but it might have been.
Mike suggested that we do an Icardi Top Chef marathon all week. Each night, a different person or team made a dinner that had to include an appetizer, entree, and dessert. The entree had to include a protein and two vegetables; or a protein, a vegetable, and a carb/starch. We never did vote on a winner, so I’m going to try to add a poll here – Icardis, only, please!
This is the night that Matthew and Stephen cooked – their salsa was amazing!
On Christmas Eve, we all went downtown after a Christmas Eve service at church, and this guy downtown had this HUGE dog called a Newfoundland – he let me pet the dog, called “Goliath” – he weighs 180 pounds!! I want one.
Later on, Timothy offered for Natalie to jump on his back. I know this picture is terrible, but you can tell how much fun they’re having, which I love!
Another fun picture of my siblings!
This is Stephen “helping” me break up my bread for my stuffing. He’s hitting Matthew with it. He and Mike both turned on Matthew. Good thing I had the sense to send them outside before they broke everything in my kitchen!
Aw, Stephen is moonlighting as Santa! This is Christmas morning:
Bailey turned 3 years old 2 days after Christmas. Everyone told us he would calm down around that age, and he has! The last few weeks have been a dramatic change in him. He poses for pictures much better now. 🙂
My turkey was AWESOME! I cooked the entire Christmas dinner (with lots of help, of course), and it was my first time hosting and cooking a holiday/meal. It was kind of a big deal for me, and I kept waking up at night needing to make lists for the past 2 weeks. It was all worth it when my turkey came out golden brown. This is Mike assessing the turkey as he carves it. I love his “Hmmm” expression!
Look at that juicy, yummy turkey! Brining = awesome. I basted it every hour, too.
The turkey was so tender that when Mike lifted him out of the roasting pan, the wings fell off! See:
It takes a village…to carve a turkey…
Matthew looks so focused here. And, um, kinda creepy. Haha – just kidding, Matthew!
All of the food on our kitchen bay window sill, otherwise known as the buffet:
My grandma would be proud of my gravy! It looks dark, but it was sooooo yummy!
I love this: Timothy playing PSP and Risk at the same time – talk about talented!
Natalie and I almost-kinda matched on Friday, because we both have impeccable taste! Plus we both got Starbucks mugs for Christmas, so we couldn’t resist a picture:
This is Bailey engaging in the “Dying Cockroach” pose whereby a gullible and soft-touch family member rubs his belly. He’s wearing the scarf that Mom and Natalie knitted for him. He looked so cute in it and actually seemed not to mind it at all!
See what I mean about Bailey calming down? He slept with his head on Dad’s foot, and he let me take about 10 pictures without moving or freaking out. Ah, calmness!