Tuesday, January 10, 2017

60th Birthday and Christmas In North Carolina

We left Skye's on Tuesday Dec. 20th and stopped in at Grandma Peggy's and visited with her and Darryl's sister, Cindy Marie and her boys, Matt and Will for a few hours. Darryl did a little maintenance and then we left for Iron Station.
On Christmas Eve Shiloh and Jason and their family cleaned the church, this is how they finished, playing human dominoes.

On Christmas eve we went up to Grandma Peggy's to celebrate my birthday and be with grandma. We had delicious ham and cheese sliders with baked beans and salad for supper and Cami made me a delicious Buche de Noel cake.

I was just grateful they didn't put 60 candles on those "Yule Logs".  The kids helped me blow out my candles.

After birthday we watched as the grandchildren put on a Nativity Pageant for Grandma Peggy. I played the piano and we all sang Christmas Carols.

Our "Baby Jesus" was in a shoe box for a manger. Lily was Mary, Benny and Micah were sheep and Gage was the donkey.

Adam was Joseph..

Grandpa Darryl read the Christmas story out of Luke Chapter 2 while the kids acted it out.

Jonas and Cole were wise men and Preston was the shepherd.

Emily, Adrianna and Lydia were the chorus of Angels...

And Maggie was the new Golden star in the East.

Even with all the giggles and wardrobe issues, it was so very touching and brought tears to our eyes.

It was a wonderful way to spend our Christmas Eve.

Christmas morning at Cami and Jacob's started off with opening stockings and gifts and then having Goldenrod for breakfast.

Jacob passes out the gifts.

Lily and Cami on a very Merry Christmas Morning.

It wouldn't be Christmas without our fabulous Family Calendar.

Lily knows grandma likes herb tea and hot cocoa and she gave me a very cute "Grandma" mug.

Cami had two trees set up in their house, the "Present" tree in the family room and the white tree with the train in the living room.

Church was at 11:00 and we had a wonderful meeting. Darryl and I sang in the ward Choir. Shiloh is the choir director and asked us to sing with them. We also sang a family Christmas number with Shiloh, Jason, Cami, Mike Guffey, Emily, Jonas, Darryl, Cami, Adrianna, Lily and me.

After Church Cami and Jacob went home and Darryl and I went to Mike and Dru Guffey's to watch Shiloh and Jason and family open Christmas Gifts.

Benny Jammin' on his new guitar...

and showing it off.
We had such a wonderful Christmas day. In the evening we went back to Cami and Jacobs and played games, watched Christmas movies, had hot cocoa and enjoyed the holiday and reflected on how very blessed we are!
On Monday we had a second Christmas at Mike and Dru's and on Monday evening we went on a Wagon Ride through the lights of Tanglewood in Clemmens, NC. We sang Christmas Carols for the entire 1hr. 30 min. ride and everyone Ooo'd and Aahhh'd over the magnificent light displays. What a wonderful way to end our Christmas Holiday!
Merry Christmas to one and all! 

Monday, December 26, 2016

Early Christmas in Virginia

On Friday evening, December 16th, Darryl and I left St. Louis ice storm and headed east toward Virginia to spend an early Christmas with Skye, Ryan and their girls. The roads were so bad that Missouri closed their interstates. Of course after 10 minutes on the road we were in Illinois and we didn't know if the roads were opened or closed. We traveled about 40 MPH for the first 25 miles then saw dozens of cars and semi's that had slid off the road and traffic had stopped. Four hours later we had traveled another 19 miles and pulled off the road at a truck stop for some sleep. We slept for a couple of hours and by 3:00 the ice was melting and we were back on the road. Darryl was in his truck pulling the trailer and I followed in my van. We got to Skye and Ryan's around 5 p.m. Saturday evening.

We went to church with them on Sunday,

Christmas Shopping in Lexington on Monday,

And Monday evening we had an early birthday for me,

And opened Christmas gifts. It was a short visit, but so very fun with these two little cherubs!

We left Tuesday at noon for North Carolina and to Spend Christmas with Darryl's Mom, Peggy

And with Shiloh and Cami and all the Guffeys. 

Saturday, December 24, 2016

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

After having Thanksgiving dinner in St. Louis with the Mike Nevarez Family and Pedro Moreno from our crew and 4 missionaries, we spent the rest of the weekend at Michelle and Kevin's in Indiana enjoying the wonderful autumn weather. Of course I forgot to take photos, but it was wonderful!
The fist of December Darryl and I drove over to Belleville, Illinois for their Christmas on the Square Celebration.

Belleville is a town of German immigrants and the Christmas square is called the Christkindlmarket.

It's full of surprises!

The Market entrance.

We visited with a couple of reindeer...

The following weekend we met my brother John and sisters Michelle, Patty and Sandy in Branson, MO for an early 60th Birthday celebration for me. 
On the way to Branson, Darryl and I stopped at the Bass Pro Shop in Springfield, Missouri, the Grandaddy of all Outdoor Stores, to have a look around. 
Santa was there, of course,

 Darryl found his "Ultimate Dream" buck...

We hope these aren't Santa's deer...

They had a Cajun Christmas display complete with live alligators.

 While in Branson we took in a couple of shows, played games, ate great food and just enjoyed each other's company. Of course, they left us a little surprise. The first night when we went to bed we found it full of confetti!

 Sunday Brunch with the family!

What a wonderful way to celebrate 60 years. With the people who know me the best and who I love the most!
 We were missing Chuck and David, so I'm hoping they can make it to the next one!
I love my family. Thank you for making this a wonderful Birthday!