We have had a lovely week, with our family arriving on various days. We have feasted together, seen old friends, stayed up watching movies, played games, had a beautiful Christmas Eve dinner, a chaotic but happy Christmas Day, a yummy Christmas Brunch, a perfect, joyous day of sledding, and a wonderful catch up on family "lovin", and enough baby kisses and grandson squeezes to boost my heart for quite a while. Here is a recap for you with what words I have left (not many mind you).
Precious granddaughter (the one and only so far)… isn't she a scrumptious Cinnamon bun.
Precious daughter-in-law holding the little Cinnabun.
Brothers from left to right; Russell, Eddie and Nathan
Little Zane gets tickles from Uncle Nathan.
Daddy and his Cinnabun
"Can I have my mouse now Grammy?"
Elon; ready for Christmas Eve Dinner.
Christmas Eve Dinner was our "fancy" dinner. We set up two tables really pretty, with tablecloths, good silver and pretty candle center pieces. We all of put on our "nice clothes". Their were 14 of us, including Steve's Mom Jo, and baby Elyse. Our neighbor Dale was intending to join us, but postponed until Christmas brunch the next day.
Christmas "Jammies" are a Christmas Eve tradition….
Love this Christmas package.
Two little cowboys eat their Christmas brunch "sporten" their new jammies and cowboy bandanas.
Our precious Marie and her little Ezra.
Hanging Birdseed ornaments.
We hung these on Christmas Day. We had hoped for snow to hang them in, but didn't get our Christmas snow. So we hang them and hope it doesn't get too warm to melt them before the birds find them.
Friends stopping by; "Look at the Christmas tree in the back of Dale's truck Grampa"
Asher and Zane
"The presents are all done Grammy"
Boys like trucks….
especially old blue trucks with Christmas trees.
Marie and Jon
Precious "Cinnabun" dressed for a tea party.
We didn't get our Christmas snow, but we found enough snow to have the most wonderful sledding party….
with our children and grandchildren and our dear friends Roxy, Julie, Barry and Amy and their children.
This wonderful hill of remaining snow belongs to our friends Hamp and Sherrie; who said "come on over…" and so of course… we did.
The four wheeler was perfect for hauling the big sled and the gang back up the little hill.
This little Cinnabun is a Colorado baby deep down inside. She just absorbs, enjoys, and delights in all the goings on. She likes to eat snow. An idea all her own.
When she was put on the snow, she would look at it and put her face down in it, and then try to eat it.
She never grew tired of this or ever appeared cold. She reminded me of a little Eskimo baby.
Mama and her little snow kitty.
"c'mon Ezra, keep going".
There goes Asher.
We made a wonderful picnic of saddlebag sandwiches, crackers, cheese and olives, fruit, Christmas cookies, coffee and cocoa. Himilce put most of it together, and everyone pitched-in in a variety of ways. Amy made this delicious healthy, moist, gingerbread click here for the recipe.
Little Grandsons love to ride with Grampa
Barry (Roxy's Son, and Amy's Husband) brought this wonderful sled that we all enjoyed the most of all.
We brought chairs for our picnic… perfect day.
The sun was warm and bright.
Elon is dreaming of the day when he can drive one of these all by himself.
You can see that our snow was almost all melted...
But there was still enough for sledding, plus a little dry ground for picnicking.
Uncle Eddie is giving Asher a ride back up the hill.
Julie, Amy and Roxy
Well that was my recap of our happy, Christmas week full activity. We celebrated 4 birthdays last night: Ezra turns three next week, then Eddie turns 18, then Russ turns 23, then Little Cinnabun Elyse turns 1. Marie, Jon, Zane and Ezra left today… miss them very much already. Nathan and family will leave on Wednesday, then Russell heads out on Friday. The guys are going skiing on Monday, and we will have a cozy New Years Eve together on Tuesday. We are still trying to squeeze in every last morsel. I can't say it is ever any easier to let any of them go….sigh; oh well that's life isn't it. Hope you have had a wonderful Holiday, and hope you have wonderful New Year.