Christmas 2012

This Christmas was even more special than usual because our son, Patrick (my husband Bill’s middle son) and his wife Celina and their three children, Aiden, Bailey and Hope, and our daughter Katie (Bill’s daughter), her two children, Alex and Emma, and Katie’s boyfriend Josh, all were here from Colorado to spend Christmas with us. We also had my brother, Danny and his wife, Bea, and her son, Chris, my mom, and our dear friends, Holly and Chuck.

Meet my beautiful grandchildren (minus one). From right to left: 16-year-old Alex, 9-year-old Aiden, 4-year-old Hope, 8-year-old Emma, 9-year-old Bailey (Aiden’s twin).

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They all arrived on Friday 12/21/12 after making the 10 hour drive from Grand Junction Colorado. After checking into their hotel and getting settled in, they all come to our house for dinner. I roasted 4 large chickens, roasted finger potatoes, mixed vegetables, and hot rolls. We all ate, talked, laughed, and caught up on what is happening in everyone’s day-to-day lives.

The following day, Bill, Patrick and Josh went golfing while Katie and Celina did some last-minute Christmas shopping and went out to lunch. I got to just be grandma. I had a fun-filled day all planned for the kids that began when we all held hands and walked about three blocks to the park in our neighborhood. Little Hope spotted the spring ridding toys right away.

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Aiden couldn’t wait to find the hoops for the basketball we took.

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Aiden’s twin sister, Bailey, spent a lot of time running after the ball just like all good sisters do for their brother’s right?

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Emma took a spin on the spring ridding toys as well.

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Then it was off to the swings for Hope.

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And my beautiful, Alex was not far behind.

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The washable sidewalk chalk I took was a BIG hit!

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Even Aiden gave that a try.

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Don’t you fall Aiden. Grandma wouldn’t want to have to explain another broken arm to mom and dad, especially not on my watch!

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After a little more than two hours, Bailey finally said she was tired and  asked if we could go home and have lunch.

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After lunch Emma and Bailey played cards.

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While Aiden sampled the after lunch candy canes.

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Sweet little Hope was all tuckered out, so what’s a grandma to do but rock her to sleep:)

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That evening Alex watched all the grandchildren while our adult children took Bill and I out to dinner. What a treat and the perfect ending to a perfect day.

The next morning I pulled the house back together so everything looked special for Christmas Eve with our family. The stockings were stuffed with special treats and surprises.

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The tree was lit and room made for more presents.

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Everyone arrived at 5:00 for drinks and snacks before dinner at 6:00. Jambalaya, chicken vegetable lasagna, and cabbage rolls, oh my!

Everyone wanted pictures of the grandchildren with grandpa and grandma and just when we thought everyone was in place, we realized Aiden was not sitting with us. He was hovering around the homemade Christmas cookies and fudge Bill and our daughter Shantel made. But, by then, the other children were getting restless so here are our beautiful granddaughters with grandpa and grandma:)

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The only thing left to do was let the celebration begin!

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Then in the blink of an eye, and much too soon, it was time to say a tearful goodbye as our children and grandchildren all had to head back home to Colorado very early Christmas morning. Sadly, even Alex, who was supposed to stay on with us until Jan 2nd started not feeling well as the evening wore on so she asked if she could reschedule her stay over the summer. Of course she can, and I’m already making plans for that!

I’m so very thankful for the many gifts I have been blessed with, but nothing compares to the most precious gift of all, the gift of family and friends.

Stay Tuned!

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. gotham girl
    Dec 28, 2012 @ 14:46:57

    How beautiful! How wonderful to have children in your life to make it so special! How lucky they are to have YOU as a grandma!!! Love you all!

    Reply

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