This will be the first of a few posts of the journey's Kelly and I went on. We left my place on the morning of Saturday the 23rd. The car was full of bags for traveling and presents for giving. We got to my parents in Pittsburgh late in the afternoon. After unpacking the car and settling in my parents took us out to dinner. We went to a an Italian restaurant close by. The chef even came out and asked my dad if he liked his meal, which was the special of the day lamb chops. We figured my dad was the only one to order it.
On Christmas Eve we did some things around the house. Kelly made three pies for Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas day. My dad and I went out to get some last minute groceries. While out we went to the railroad tracks and found a piece of goal for a gag as part of the stocking I was making. When I got home I did some work on my parent's computer, my mom wanted to get some screenshots of something on her TiVo. It was a little harder than I thought it would be originally. I ended up using a few tools to get it done.
Late in the afternoon my brother decided to go get a TV from Best Buy. They had a 32" LCD on sale for $599 which was $300 off. He and I measured before we left and then called my dad again. The problem was the TV was about 1-2" too wide. My brother decided the deal was too good and got it any way. When we got it home we realized it was truly too big. My brother has an Ikea entertainment center which is only so flexible in its configuration. My brother and I came up with two not so great ideas. One was making a shelf that sticks out to place TV on, the other was to notch the vertical sides to allow the TV to fit. My dad's idea was to move the center support about 4". My brother started cleaning off the entertainment center.
We then had dinner. Kelly made mashed potatoes to go with the turkey, stuffing and veggies that my mom and dad made. It was all really good. After dinner I helped my brother finish modifying the entertainment center. The TV ended up fitting fine afterwards. We played with the cable and found some un-encrypted HDTV channels. After everything was hooked back up my brother turned on the Wii. He played a game of tennis then I tried bowling. Kelly then wanted to try bowling and my brother and I played as well. Kelly crushed us in score.
On Christmas day Kelly and I got up and had breakfast while waiting for my mom and brother to get up. We then started with stockings and cards. After the stockings we started opening the presents. As is tradition we all open one at a time in a sort of round robin. When all was said and done, Kelly managed to have the most individual gifts, which she seemed to enjoy.
After the gifts we started preparing for the rest of the family to come over. While we had some time to spare I attempted to setup and test the TiVo Series 3 I got my parents. More on that later in another post. Around 4 PM the various families started to arrive. We had dinner first, which was left over turkey, ham and various sides. After dinner the real fun began.
Everyone exchange stockings, my mom had even made one for Kelly. Everyone went through their stockings and enjoyed what they found. Then the presents were handed out, my mom again had done an extra few for Kelly. After presents we had dessert, which the primary was Kelly's pies and her home made whip cream. After dessert everyone left about 8 PM. Kelly and I went to bed around 9 PM in preparation of getting up early the next day.
To be continued in part 2.