I'm pretty sure that most folks have finished up their posts about Christmas and have moved on. But, our Christmas lasted a long time and while we made some precious, once in a lifetime memories, I am glad to have it behind me and moving on into 2015.
Now, to wrap up my final Christmas post.
Last Saturday evening my brother from Iowa arrived with his son, daughter and SIL. The guys spent time in the woods riding the Bad Boy Buggy and the gals "went to town." Me, well, I stayed behind and kept my little cowboy and Princess and worked on the next meal. ~which is exactly what I wanted to do~
The cousins had fun playing games and entertaining the little ones. My other brother, from Virginia, arrived on Monday and this was the first time that my two brothers and myself had been with our Dad together since our Mom died 6 years ago. It was such a special, special time.
It took all kinds of orchestrating to make this happen and it may not happen again, so we made the most of the time we had together.
Daddy had all but two of his Grans and one of his Great Grans by his side. I can only imagine that my sweet Momma was smiling down from heaven on this special time. ~sigh~
We did not have Christmas with our kids until this past Tuesday evening, after all the family had headed towards home. It was a long time coming but that did not alter the fun of the evening. We were sorry that our SIL did not get to join us due to work. ~it does get in the way at times~ But, we had a special celebration with him while we were all at The Gaylord a couple of week ends ago.
We began by Poppa reading the Christmas story and then singing Away in the Manager and letting Hanna Beth and Clancy blow out the candles on the cake. We waited until after our gift giving to cut into the cake and enjoy a piece.
Thank goodness all of our family gets into "picture taking" and it's always a lot more fun with some props. (thanks to Etsy) What would Christmas be without a little silliness. ~chuckle~
And, what would Christmas be without a little gift giving. We had some Vera Bradley, Under Armor, Lego's and My Little Pony items. And, the big girls were quite proud of their director's chairs but they call them their "teacher chairs." They will be so cute sitting in them as they teach their students.
We had our last Christmas in this house in grand style for sure and made some lasting memories that will not soon be forgotten.
We are now undecorated and ready to move with excitement into 2015. May yours be an especially blessed year!