Saturday, January 24, 2015

Avalon

Ron drove his new car off the lot this evening.
It had 7 miles on it when he left.
 It has been a lot of back and forth but the final decision was a Toyota Avalon. 
Nice Nice Nice.
Finally purchasing a car was one the important details he needed to check off his list as he begins this exciting new business chapter in his life. 
So many blessings, so much to look forward to this year and beyond.


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas Morning

It was just Ron, Katherine, Megan, and me for Christmas Day this year. It was quiet, yet very nice.
We did not wake up until close to 9:30am.
Katherine is patiently waiting for Megan to join her and to go see what Santa brought.
 Here they are... ready for Christmas morning
 Ron's video camera is charged up
 First we open the stockings
 Time to open the gifts
 Ron wrapped these gifts with tinsel. Who cares what is inside? They are decorated with tinsel!
 The picture does not show how awesome this tie is. Go Gators.
 A warm fuzzy bathrobe for Katherine's upcoming college days.
 Make up and hair accessories!
 What is in this box?
 Bacon socks for Aunt Bacon
 Flair colored marker pens. She is in love!
 Score! In the background, note her Bacon calendar.
 Megan gave Ron the perfect gift...Ketchup...Heinz!
 She loves her bacon socks.
 The gift Megan wrapped for me with layers of boxes and tissue paper. At the very center, in a small box was my car keys. Glad I did not need to drive over night. It was hysterical.
 My large gift from Megan. I wondered where all the bows had gone and why they had been used up so quickly.
 Mmmmm let's get this open
 Note: I found GOLDEN PEARS wrapping paper
 These boots were made for walking and she walks a lot!
 These boots were made for snow....watch out college...here she comes!
 She loves the boots
 Opening her money tree!
 Counting up the dollars as she removes them from her money tree.
 Money tree and gift cards! Score!
 The money rolls from Katherine's tree
 Another Christmas season in the rear-view mirror. I told Katherine this was her last "childhood" Christmas. It is never the same when you come hom from college to  visit
 The bacon socks were a hit. I am sure they are going to school on her legs the first day back in January
 Later, Rudolph cooked breadfast for us!
 Rudolph prepared a breakfast feast.
 Thank you, Rudolph and team!
Merry Christmas 2014. This was a perfect end to a busy and beautiful season.

Christmas Eve

While Katherine is making Swedish meatballs, Megan sets a beautiful table for us. One of our traditions is for everyone to have a Christmas "cracker" or "party popper" at their place setting.
At the beginning of the meal, we have everyone pop open their cracker. Inside there is a silly tissue paper hat, small toys, and a paper with jokes, trivia facts and questions, and quotes. It makes for a lively start to the dinner and gets everyone talking as some years, our guests do not know each other very well. Last night, we had 4 missionaries, 1 family who is new to our Ward, and 1 family we have known for a few years now.
 One of our guests brought these adorable Grinch Santa appetizers.
 The same guests brought these cupcakes that are as delicious as they look
 A few of our guests
 Baby Jesus with his mom before he joined Mary and Joseph
 Megan was a shepherd this year with an unusual menagerie for her flock
 She was a a kilt-wearing shepherd
 Joseph and Mary were great sports and baby Jesus was happy to join them

 Ron reads the account of Christ's birth from Luke chapter 1 and the kids take their cues from the scriptures as to when to travel, worship, praise, etc.
 Again, our kilt-wearing shepherd with her creative flock
 Baby Jesus , Mary, Joseph, and the Shepherd
 The arrival of the Wise men (women) who worshiped the Christ child on bended knee.
 This was one of the first years Megan was not a donkey. I think a kilt-wearing-shepherd suits her well
 Later in the evening, the gifts started to pile around the tree. This was the gift Megan wrapped for me. I was wondering where all the bows went so quickly...I was also wondering where my car keys went...until I opened box after box and layer after layer of this gift only to find my car keys wrapped in tissue in the very last small box.
 Time to open the Christmas eve gift
 Christmas eve gift...what could it be?
 And the Christmas eve gift opening is underway!
 You are never too old for Christmas Jammies...ever
 And you are never to old for MATCHING Christmas Jammies!
 In their Christmas Jammies ready to go to bed and wait all night to see what Santa brought.
That magic never gets old. I loved lying in bed on Christmas eve as a little girl and imagining where Santa was and wondering when he wold stop at my house.
 Santa found Andrew at our house even though he is not here until Saturday.
The stockings are filled

 Stockings are ready to peek inside
 Andrew has a filled stocking and more
 One of my favorite times of the Christmas season is Christmas eve after the kids are in bed, the gifts are put out and the house is quiet. All the rush of the Christmas season is over and I know I did my best to prepare and make the season enjoyable for my family and those around me.
I love this peaceful time after all the preparations have been made and we anticipate celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.
 A beautiful time of the Christmas season.
Merry Christmas