Archive for December, 2009

A Late Christmas

December 31, 2009

We finally had our Christmas, but with only half the family. We’re very grateful to have had the half that we had, but we still missed the other half. The kids in KC didn’t get to come down. They had even MORE snow come through this week. Hopefully in the next several weeks we’ll be able to make a trip to KC to see them and take the rest of the gifts. The daughter in Jeff City wasn’t here either but we had her two sons. We sure missed her though.

I grew up very poor and without a father. My dad died when I was only three. That left my mother to raise three children by herself. Jobs were scarce for a young woman with children in the 40’s and 50’s. She did what she had to do and got a little help from her mother and other family members. But I remember our Christmases and looked forward to them when I was a child. We were lucky to get a gift or two, but the real joy for me was all the family getting together to enjoy the company of one another. As the years past, our families grew with the addition of new spouses and children. We always gathered at my mom’s on Christmas Day. Some members of the family I only saw that day out of the whole year.  We talked, laughed, ate, and caught up on everyone’s lives. I LOVED those Christmas get-togethers and looked forward to them all year!

But times change. Family members move away. It gets harder and harder for everyone to get together at the same time and same place. I understand this. But, still, I miss those huge get-togethers. To me, family is everything.

We had a wonderful get-together with the ones that were here. I made lots more goodies than we could ever eat,

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fixed more food than all of us would need,

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and now have loads of stuff left-over. I do this every time. I enjoy fixing all these things knowing that the family will not leave our house hungry!  But I’ll take the rest of it to work and leave it in the lounge. It’ll all be gone by the end of the day!

After we filled our bellies, we opened gifts.

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It was a great day, full of fun!

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A White Christmas

December 25, 2009

It isn’t too often that we have a white Christmas here in the southern part of the Midwest. But it snowed Christmas Eve and this is what we woke up to Christmas morning!

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Unfortunately a white Christmas is the reason that we had to postpone our Christmas. Our son and his family live north of here and their area got hit with a lot more snow than we got. In fact, it was a blizzard from what I understand. They didn’t get to come down. Christmas would just have to wait. Hopefully the weather will cooperate for next week, the kids from K. C. will get to come down, and we’ll all be able to get together. We’ll combine Christmas with a New Year’s Celebration!!

Hubby and I had a quiet Christmas without all the kids and grandkids here. We celebrated with opening the gifts that we got each other.

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I had baked a turkey the day before so we had our turkey sandwiches, fresh veggies, and cheese and crackers. I had also baked some cookies and made candy, so we enjoyed indulging ourselves not even thinking about the calories. Hey, it’s a special occasion, ok?

We’re looking forward to our get-together next week. I’ll have to make more goodies (if we keep getting into these I’ve already made!) and freeze the rest of the turkey, but it’ll be ok. The main thing is that we will all be together and that’s what it’s all about!

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot. . . . . .

December 19, 2009

I’ve had the last three days off from work. I was determined to get a lot done toward getting ready for Christmas. (I didn’t even have my tree up yet. No shopping done. Did someone say it’s only a week till Christmas!?!)

I had a lunch date with my friend on Wed. So I thought I would get the shopping done that day since I would be out and running around anyway. Which is what I did. Only I didn’t get done. I was out all day. Got home at 6 pm. I usually like to be out in the crowds at Christmastime. I guess I’m getting older because the traffic was terrible, people everywhere, and I was totally wiped out by the time I got home.

But like I said before, I didn’t get done. So I took off early the next day (to miss the crowds I thought) to finish up. Still LOTS of people out, stores were crowded, parking lots were full. Why do people wait till the last week before Christmas to get their shopping done? Wait, I’m one of those people. I guess I shouldn’t be too hard on them.

Except for a couple of things I can pick up at Wal-Mart tomorrow when I go to work, my shopping is DONE! The next thing was to get the tree up. Our Christmas will be at my house this year so I needed to at least get the tree up, right? Again, I think I’m getting old because I didn’t do all the lights, decorations, etc. like I’ve done in the past. Just the tree. But it sure is pretty!

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It’s normally a little tall for our sunroom, but it’s a little more tall this year. For some reason, we discovered, the stand wasn’t in the box when we got it out and started to put it together. I have no idea what happened to it or where it is. So Hubby used his head and came up with the stand that we fit our lawn table umbrella in. It made the tree a little taller, though, and you can see that the top of the tree has been bent over at the top. But we’ll pretend not to notice.

Next, get some housecleaning done, wrap gifts, and get some goodies baked.  I have to go back to work tomorrow, so I’ll have to make myself get some things done when I get home. Wrapping gifts will be easy. Just sit at the table to do that. Luckily, I have the two days before Christmas off. I’ll probably do a lot of the baking then. The best part will be when all the kids and grandkids are here. That’s what Christmas is really all about!

I hope you all have a Very Merry Christmas!!

He’s 19!

December 14, 2009

Nineteen years ago Hubby and I became grandparents. I still can’t believe it even when I say it out loud. Where did the time go! It just seems like yesterday that I was holding our first grandson.

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He was born just two weeks from Christmas. I took some really cute pictures of him and then scrambled  around trying to get them developed (no digital convenience back then) in time to send them out in some Christmas cards. (Nah, I wasn’t proud!)

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Hubby and I ran over to see him the other night. Here’s a pic of him and his dad.

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We gave him a card with money in it of course. What teen doesn’t want the green stuff, right?

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Now he’s all grown up and taller than me!

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He’s been a real joy to us. We were truly blessed when he came into our lives. We love you, A. and we hope you have many, many more                  Happy Birthdays!

Granny’s Not Square

December 12, 2009

Remember the yarn stash my friend gave me a few weeks ago? She had already started some little granny square blocks and had about 20 made up and they were in the stash.

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I made the squares bigger.

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And I got the little afghan put together with stripes of double crochet.

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Doesn’t this look neat? Well, it’s really not “neat”. I still need to wash it and block it, then it’ll be “neat”. But I think it still looks pretty good. I’m  not sure what I’ll do with it. But somebody’s always having a baby, right?

I still have a lot of the yarn left over. I think I may have enough to make even another afghan. I think I’ll make the next one in stripes or ripples. I probably won’t work on it until after the holidays though because Christmas is only two weeks away and still so much to do! Stay tuned. . . . . .