Here are some pictures from our 6 days of Christmas.
Very Cold Christmas Morning
K got a cart for her serger – makes moving easier!
JP got a snowmobile helmet! (no we don’t have that kind of money, we got a FABO deal on ebay. 🙂 )
I made Garlic-smothered Chicken for dinner and then we headed to Bus & Barb’s. (Bus is Phil’s uncle.) She was planning dinner too but this way we had already had food that was safe for us on the eating plan.
JP got a drum set alarm clock and K got a light cardigan sweatshirt.
Our entertainment was watching Leo, Brad’s son, enjoy his first Christmas.
The family Christmas with Phil’s parents and sister’s family was Tuesday at noon. My low back was bothering so I suggested Phil take my job as dishwasher after dinner. I had to capture this!!
Phil washed, K dried, and Grandma put them away.
After we exchanged presents, Grandma had a few more up her sleeve that she & Grandpa brought out of hiding. First they had 2 pages of the story to explain a chair for Deb and a chair for Phil.
Deb & K reading….
I thought Phil would have wanted his glasses….
And then they tried them out!
Once the rest of us got the story, we learned they were chairs from their grandparents. Over the years the chairs have resided in the garages of various residences: the old house, town, here, and Grandma’s new house. She even included a copy of a picture of Ernie & Lizzie sitting in the chairs husking corn here at the edge of the “old garage”. Also included in their packet, was the bill of sale from Ernie & Lizzie’s sale. The only thing Bob purchased were the 2 wooden chairs which totaled 0.25.
At the end of the story, the chairs begged not to be returned to the garage again. The chairs are refinished and quite lovely!!
Phil remembers his grandpa sitting in the chair at the table for every meal. What a treasure!
Phil’s mom puts together a notebook of pages she writes for Deb, Phil, and each grandchild. Each year it is a riot to read them and see what she has come up with. The first few pages are dateline bits of things that went on with any one of us. A lot of the times she has captured something funny the grandkids have said or done.
This year’s notebook included a section about one of Grandpa’s older brothers, Oliver and his family. We all learned that Oliver is the one who suggested Robert for a middle name for the new baby brother. Oliver’s wife was Mildred and she just spent her first Christmas with Jesus. A loving & Christian woman who struggled so with her fibromyalgia.
Another section of Grandma’s book is a poem she wrote about JP & K getting scoops of tall ornamental grass for Grandma and me this summer! Great fun! 🙂
We have lots of family activities this week so there will be more later.