Although this wasn't technically for Christmas, Greg and the boys
finished building a play/swing set in the backyard Saturday before
Emily loves it! But now it's snowing and too cold to use it!
Zach arrived home Sunday afternoon. We are all so glad he's here, especially Emily and Kona!
Emily got her big Christmas gift a day early.
Then we headed to Grandma and Grandpa's house for Christmas. We went to the Christmas Eve service at Daniel and Tammy's church then to a Chinese restaurant for Grandma's birthday dinner.
And yes, there are now 2 boys taller than Greg!
We opened gifts Christmas morning. Jon and Ben got a remote control car and helicopter. It was pretty funny later when Jon got that helicopter stuck very high in a tree and Greg had to rescue it with very tall ladder and pole. But everyone including the helicopter survived!
Zach got a very practical Garmin GPS so he'll be able to find his way around his new home.
Later there was way too much food, a fun white elephant gift game and lots of laughter. It was a great Christmas in Virginia!
As for the end....I think I'm done with this blog. It's been a great memory keeping tool for me, but I just can't see to keep up with it lately and I think I'd rather spend my computer time on my digital scrapbooking. I'm not deleting the blog and I may change my mind, but I probably won't be posting here anymore.
We had a great Thanksgiving with Greg's parents and brother and sister-in-law. We ate way too much food, watched football, loved on Grandparents, played with Chewie (dog), and were so very thankful to be in Virginia! We really missed having Zachary here, but he'll be here in 3 weeks!
Then Doelyn had a chore for the boys. They got down who knows how many
boxed of Christmas decorations and 2 trees from the attic and then set
up Doelyn's 12 ft Christmas tree.
We started our own Christmas decorating with this felt tree for Emily, though she won't keep it decorated. I guess she thinks the decorations look better all over the floor!
This weekend Greg was raking and burning leaves. Ben and Emily decided to have some fun!
And last but not least....This little girl is potty trained!!!
It took about a week, but she is doing great! We were out shopping for a couple hours this morning wearing big girl princess panties. No problem!
Greg's brother and his wife delivered this to us this week.
Isn't it beautiful?!!! The previous owners had something similar for a well cover, but of course took it with them. David decided to make us one. He lives with severe back pain and had surgery just a few weeks ago, so I'm not sure how he got this done. For sure it was a labor of love. Doelyn was worried it would be too big (it looked huge when we saw it in their house last week), but it's perfect and looks great in our yard.
He found out last week that our friends decided not to renew his lease on their garage apartment. The only way he was able to afford staying in NM was because of the very low rent there. He thought about getting a second job or trying to find a roommate, but decided that coming home would be best. He's realized that he needs to get an education and needs the support of his family to make that happen. We're proud of him for trying life on his own, but so very thankful that he's making a wise decision now.
We have already purchased a plane ticket for him to come for Christmas, so he'll go ahead and use that. Then Greg will fly out the first week of January to pack him up and help him drive home.
I'm sure it's going to be a bit of a transition for all of us, be we are so glad he's coming home. It will be nice to have all my kids under the same roof again!
We survived the Super Storm Sandy! We did lose power Monday night about 9:30, but it was back on by 4:30 am. The winds were really howling, but we were safe and we had no damage to our home or property. We had more that 48 hours straight of rain. That was weird for us desert people! I feel terrible for New York and New Jersey and all those who lost homes and busineses. It really was a terrible storm. They cancelled school Monday and Tuesday and had a 2 hour delay Wednesday. My boys liked that!
Because of the storm and power issues our church postponed it's planned Trunk or Treat for Halloween. So instead we took the kids to a nearby neighborhood to trick or treat. We had Minnie Mouse, Mario, and a referee.
The boys taught Emily to say "trick or treat" and "happy halloween". She charmed everyone - as usual!
Jonathan also went to another church's youth group party with some friends from school. He had a great time. I'm glad he's making friends - even if they are girls!
I have been married since 1990 to a wonderful man. We have one (grown?) son on his own, one son in 8th grade who loves to beat his drums, one son in 5th grade who makes beautiful music on the piano, and a beautiful 2 yr old who loves everything pink, purple, and girly whom we adopted from foster care. After 22 years in New Mexico we have recently moved across the country. I love Jesus with all my heart. I love my men. I love my girl. I love to read. I love to knit. I love digital scrapbooking. I love chocolate. That about sums it up!