Dad and Mom did a little bit of last-minute Christmas shopping while Annah
and I straightened up the house (it was so nice to have a clean house-for the most
part-on Christmas Day). That evening we did something we haven't done for years:
Dad took us for a drive to look at Christmas lights, and we took Chloe with us! It was
nice to see all the different varieties, especially in the neighborhood with the big fancy houses,
though the smaller homes did just as well! Mom had put a turkey in the oven to cook
while we were out, so I could smell it when we got back home!
Oh, yes! Friday night, we went to Scott and Tatum's for their Christmas party. We had a great
time with Rachel and Amanda.
Christmas morning, Mom and Annah didn't get up early enough to make Mom's delicious
breakfast quiche, so we grabbed something on the way to church. We only had a breaking
of bread service at church on Christmas day, but it was beautiful; singing, remembering Jesus,
His birth, His courageous act of love, and so many other things. We spent the rest of the day at home,
exchanging gifts and relaxing together. We had such a blessed Christmas together this year!
We saw how God blessed our shopping, we sent Christmas cards to several people we know,
but thinking about Him and what was truly amazing about His birth was neat!
Monday evening we spent exchanging gifts at Aunt Jean's house. Jeremy missed several turns
because he was putting George to bed, and after several rounds, Leona went into George's room
to get Jeremy. She came back out crying. She said that it had just dawned on Jeremy that this
was George's very first Christmas, and according to the doctors and ultrasounds before he
was born, George isn't even supposed to be here with us! That was a tender moment.
Well, here's pictures.
|Cake for Tatum's Christmas party|
|Nora was absolutely adorable in this pink outfit!|
|Jeremy and George|
|Amanda and Nora|
|Our Uncle Don (Mom's oldest brother) who had esophagus cancer this year.|
|Looking at lights|
|Chloe is possessive of her stocking!|
|Ah! A new toy!|
|Time to open presents!|
|I want to see! I want to see too!|
Aunt Jean's party
|George's First Christmas|
|Nora's First Christmas also|
|George, Uncle Donald, and Mommy|
|Barkley became anxious, and started digging his nose into the gifts!|
|Mom and Annah|
|Maple Nut Goodies: one of Dad's favorites!|
|Nora and Daddy|
|Barkley, all tired out!|
|Nora can roll over now, and she did it while noone was watching!|
|When we were done, Annah played Christmas carols on her violin.|
|Samantha sang with Annah a couple times.|