Having colds did not keep us from having a good time over the holidays. Here is what happened on the days we weren't sick.
Christmas Eve: Each year we have a family dinner with my parents on this night. This year we also had their ruby anniversary celebration. Michael finished the evening with our last Advent devotion.
The Ruby Anniversary Celebration
Peppermint Sundaes for Dessert
A Ruby Cardinal by Wilber
Finishing Our Advent SeasonChristmas Day: We started with sweet rolls for breakfast and then opened presents.
After the presents were opened, we went to Papaw's and Nohnie's house for a lunch of finger foods. The boys thought that there were no more presents because Mom and Dad had brought a couple of small presents to our house for them. After lunch, Papaw raised the blinds in the kitchen to reveal a new trampoline!
While they were jumping, Nohnie placed two more presents under the tree. We called them inside, and Orville said, "Hey look! Somebody forgot to open a present!" He looked at the tags and prompted Wilber to come to the tree so they could open these last two presents. Inside each box was a new bicycle helmet.
They both looked at Papaw and explained that they had outgrown their bikes. They were so nice and politely explained that they could not use them. Papaw said, "Oh, I'm sorry. I didn't realize. We'll just have to go to Wal Mart and exchanged them."
I played along and said, "You know, Wal Mart is open now. Let's go get in your van and drive to Wal Mart to exchange them." We led the boys to the garage. They completely believed us and thought we were going to get in the van. Sitting behind the van were two new bikes. Wilber looked at them, eyes wide and mouths agape, and asked, "You bought us bicycles, too?" Precious!
Following Monday: We headed toward Michael's sister's house to visit with his side of the family. En route, we met our friends from college, Heather and Dan, at Denny's. Our boys enjoyed visiting with their daughters while we parents enjoyed each other's company. We hadn't seen each other in years, but it was as if we hadn't missed a day. I was so excited to see my dear friends that I forgot to take a picture!
Orville's Drawing of the Two Families at Denny's
That evening we went to visit more friends, Roger and Amy. They are also friends of ours from college. In fact, Roger and Amy, Dan and Heather, and Michael and I all met at our alma mater's BSU. Amy cooked us a wonderful dinner and we had so much fun talking and reminiscing. Orville and Wilber got to make another new friend and enjoyed playing with their son. Once again, I was too busy enjoying myself to think to take a picture. Bad me!!
Orville's Drawing of Dinner with Our Friends
Tuesday and Wednesday (New Year's Eve): Michael's sister hosted our second Christmas celebration. The cousins had so much fun playing together. We exchanged gift baskets, and all the grandkids opened their gifts from their paternal grandparents. Kristi (Michael's sis) was the hostess with the mostest! She prepared a wonderful celebration, and a good time was had by all. We left late in the day on New Year's Eve and saw fireworks several times on the way home. It was beautiful!
Wilbur Opening His Grandparents' Present
Orville Opening His Grandparents' Present
Our Nieces Enjoying Lunch
Orville, Wilbur and Their Older Boy Cousins Enjoying Lunch
Our Twin Niece and Nephew
Uncle Michael with Our Newborn Nephew
Wilbur's Drawing of the Fireworks