Our family had a wonderful Christmas reflecting on Christ’s birth and on the blessing of our family and friends gathered together.  Christmas Eve services were wonderful – it was a beautiful sight to see people worshiping by candlelight, singing Silent Night at the top of their lungs.  Later in the evening the Morarie side (my side) of the family gathered at my mom’s house for the traditional “Whiskey Shrimp” dish my mom makes…the main event is when the whiskey is poured over the shrimp, the lights are dimmed and my mom lights the whiskey.  Aside from almost burning down the microwave and cupboards this year (just kidding – but it was a huge whoosh flame for sure!) it was spectacular.  The kids love this part.  This year we were also blessed to have my sister-in-law, Julia’s twin sister – Jael and her family join us from Mexico!  They are identical twins – it was fun watching people confuse them and talk to Jael thinking it was Julia.  Jael doesn’t speak too much English, so it made it interesting for the person talking to her to discover.  Favorite moment was when even my daughter Robbin thought she was kissing her Aunt Julia under the mistletoe, but it was Jael.  🙂

Christmas morning we had brunch with many friends and family – 23 total.  I did what you are never supposed to do and tried 2 new recipes – one for hashbrown sausage casserole and apple cinnamon vanilla french toast.  Fortunately, they turned out great!  🙂  I also baked 3 pans of homemade cinnamon rolls, a Christmas tradition and Rob’s favorite.  We had such a fun morning visiting and eating together. 

Christmas afternoon we continued our recently set tradition of seeing a double feature at the movies – this year we saw I am Legend followed by Alvin and the Chipmunks.  You couldn’t get to more opposite movies than those were!  🙂  We liked them both very much.

Now…on to the Maui part of this post. 

Christmas is over (minus the clean up of Christmas decor) and Rob and I are heading to Maui this Saturday!  One week vacation and one and half weeks helping with a filming project at my work.  🙂  Sadly our daughters don’t get to participate in this trip – they’re all tremendously happy about this and have been very gracious about us leaving them (wink, wink). 

We’ve never been to Maui – so, for those who have, or who travel often, we are packing over the next few days.  What are “must haves” that we might forget?  Any suggestions of “must do” while you are there? 

Note:  We will also be gone for Elise’s 17th birthday, although, we included her birthday present in with Christmas this year, so that part is covered.  So, anyone wanting to send her extra wishes this year since her slacker parents won’t be home yet, feel free!  Her birthday is January 7th.  🙂


About cakboliv

Born in Cochabamba, Bolivia to wonderful missionary parents, Howard and Maxine Morarie. Grew up in Bolivia, both in a remote jungle village

4 responses »

  1. Hope you guys have a fun (and relaxing) trip!

  2. a2jbigdaddy says:

    Oh OH! I just remembered one of those “must have” thingies for going to Hawaii………….ME!!!!!!!!

    Seriously, have a great time. Portia and I loved Hawaii!

  3. Scott says:

    Is that a shark fin I see in the water?

  4. Jason says:

    Will call Elise on her birthday…even going to set an alarm in my outlook!

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