Christmas 2013 Recap…

Christmas has come and gone, and soon a new year will be dawning.  It never ceases to amaze me how quickly time is passing!  I’ve spent the past few days doing nothing, except resting and recuperating, hence my absence from the internet.  Although I’m still tired and not feeling my best, I wanted to post a Christmas Recap before any more time passes.

Our 2013 Christmas can best be described as busy, noisy, happy, tiring, and fulfilling!  Although I was bone-weary tired by the end of the day, it was one of the best Christmases we’ve had in a long, long time!  All of our [grown] children were able to be with us for the entire day!  Nobody had anywhere else they needed to go.   For an older parent, it just doesn’t get any better than that!!!

I felt extremely blessed to have been able to share Christmas with all four of my grandchildren, too!  Little Evan and his parents spent Christmas Eve night with us, so Santa came to visit Evan [for the first time, ever] at our house.  There’s nothing better, on Christmas, than a visit from Santa!  Santa’s gifts were scattered all along the front of the fireplace, on Christmas morning!  I’m so grateful to Evan’s parents for sharing Evan’s first Santa experience with us.  We sure enjoyed it, even though Evan slept through most of the day.  From the looks of things, Evan must have been a very good boy!

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Little Evan sleeping among his Christmas gifts…

Early on Christmas morning, Ed and I were able to visit the homes of our three other grandchildren, who happen to live nearby, to see what each received for Christmas.  Nothing else can compare to witnessing the excitement and joy of a child on Christmas morning!

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Madison, at her house, on Christmas morning

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Watching Caden and Chase enjoying their new toys…

After short visits to everyone’s homes, Ed and I returned home and started cooking lunch.  I chose a simple menu so I wouldn’t have to spend so much time in the kitchen.  Soon we were feasting on a lunch of baked ham, with all of our family gathered around.  We finished in the kitchen around 2 o’clock, and were just about to take our traditional ‘crazy hat’ photo when our nephew, Jeremy, stopped by.  Jeremy received the ‘honor’ of taking our family photo, this year.

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Christmas 2013

Would you believe it was almost 3:30 before we actually got around to opening our Christmas gifts?  Would you, also, believe we had to take a  break in between opening the regular gifts and opening ‘Dirty Santa’ gifts?  By the time we finished opening all of the gifts and cleaning up the wrapping paper, it was almost time to eat again!  The last of our guests left shortly after 8 p.m., and Ed and I fell into bed, soon afterward!  We were pooped!!!  Yes, Christmas 2013 was a busy, busy day, from beginning to end–but I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way!

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  1. And now you have all of 2014 to gather more memories, may it be even better to you and all your loved ones.

  2. Sounds like a perfect day! I do understand the joy of having grown children in the house…so glad you got to spend Christmas with yours! Happy New Year!

  3. What a lovely Christmas you had and I love the picture of Evan with all his gifts. Happy New Year!

  4. Happy New Year! May 2014 be a better, happier, healthier and even more awesome year for you and your family!

  5. You’re lucky to be able to have all of your family there….rest up now.

  6. How absolutely wonderful that your kids (and especially the grandchildren) are all so close and you get to see them and share the day with them! It sure appears that blessings abound!! Thanks for sharing, and Happy New Year to you and yours!

  7. So happy for all the good memories. And that little one sleeping amidst his gifts is priceless. Happy New Year!

  8. Sounds like you had an absolutely wonderful Christmas! How blessed you were! (I love that picture of Evan surrounded by all this Christmas loot!)


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