My first day home in Rhode Island since June. Time for Christmas shopping. Chip and I hit up the one and only Wakefield Mall, then Home Depot. When it comes for shopping for the family, this is our typical routine every year. After Home Depot and a much needed stop at Dunkin Donuts,
we headed up to Providence for one last present. It turns out that even though we grew up in Rhode Island, we can still manage to get lost in Providence for a solid hour while search for Thayer street. We had a fantastic time touring the city, nonetheless, and even cruised through a bit of Pawtucket, including the interesection between Pidge Ave and Ridge St. I’m not quite sure why we found this so hilarious…
After Christmas shopping, I skipped a skating session to go out to dinner with my brothers, my aunt and uncle, and my uncle’s nephew at Fat Belly’s in East Greenwich. Dinner was delicious, the company was amazing, and it wasn’t until 6 rounds of drinks that we decided to head home.
Instead of calling it a night, Chip and I arranged for some rides so that we could hit up the Ocean Mist for Ticket Tuesday. Tuesday’s is usually the Mist’s busiest night and has been for years. Back in the day, you used to pay $7 to get in and receive 4 drink tickets in return. Now its $5 for 2, but still a great time. After the Mist we spent the night at our friends’ place in Charlestown, hanging out and playing Sorry until everyone fell asleep.
Chip and me.
Showing love for Rose.
Rose’s dog Remy.
The view I woke up to in the morning.
In the morning, Rose brought us to Randall’s car so he could take us home. At Rose’s house, we found these lovely gloves. Can you guess the meaning of the two red (if it helps, pink) fingers and the one brown finger?
Justin modeling the gloves.
The next day was rough, to say the least. I had to struggle to pull it together because that night was the annual RCB Christmas Party, hosted by Dano, Zimma, Randall, and Max. I didn’t take any photos, but like every year, the party was fantastic. Golden Oldies, Crazy dance parties, awesome people…the works.
The next day I woke feeling sick as a dog. I spent most of the day in bed or moping around the house, until it was time to get ready for Christmas Eve. Every year, my family has Christmas Eve dinner at my aunt Anne’s and uncle Bruce’s house somewhere in the North Smithfield/Smithfield/Foster/Glouster/Johnston area. I guess I really have no idea where their house is.
Chip, ready to go and messing with the dogs.
The men. Clay, Charlie (my dad), and Chip.
I wish I hadn’t felt so sick, but even so, it was good to see the family. Sadly enough, I just couldn’t help wishing I was in bed. Eventually we made it home and I crawled into bed, while the rest of the family worked to get the house ready for Christmas.
We had 19 people at dinner and so much fun.
A singing Christmas tree. It drives me crazy, but my little cousins Emmie and Cece were very entertained by it.
Alan and Daria. Also checking out the singing Christmas tree.
The kitchen table during the dinner prep.
Sitting down for dinner.
Clayton and Barbara.
Chip and Alan.
Ready for the Yankee Swap. (same idea as a “white elephant gift exchange)
Grandpa Chet, Judy (my mom) and Charlie.
Emmie and Cece. Emmie would rather me have left her alone so she could watch the movie, but Cece was happy to pose.
Bruce. The first to choose a present from the swap and opened some gel toes.
Vernon began with a skunk that dances and sings the song “Blue Moon”.
Barbara was excited about her pick.
Keely and my mom.
Bill, wearing the hat he unwrapped.
Anne, Clay (wearing the scarf I eventually swapped for), and Barbara.
Grandpa Chet opening his present.
He was clearly not happy with the rules and when Anne tried to swap him for the game of Sorry he just unwrapped, she had to wrestle him for it.
After the Yankee Swap and exchanging gifts, the party slowly came to as a close. As our guests headed home, we settled down on the couch to watch the Hangover (a gift Clay received from Chip) and call it a night.
Before the movie began, Chip helped Beau put on his tie.
During the movie, we got one last house guest… Rory.
Once the movie ended, we all headed to bed for an early night. The end of one more Christmas of family, friends, good food, and good fortune, enough to allow us all to exchange gifts as we please. I couldn’t ask for more.