Here is Sara with Abby. They wanted Abby to take a nap also, but held out little hope for that. (Previous blog shows how it finally did occur.)
From bottom left clockwise: Aaron, Jory, Peyton is hidden, Mike, Doug, and Addy. Peyton is Doug's 8-yr.-old and Addy is his 4-yr.-old. My seat was between Jory and Peyton.
Doug, Addy, Dillon-his 6-yr.-old, Sara, Abby hidden on the cooler beside Sara, Aaron, and Jory.
I did not get fancy. The pots went directly from stove to table. Paper plates were used as well as a paper tablecloth. The whole idea was for me to be able to relax and enjoy being a part of the celebration with little clean-up required. It was a success!
This photo documents a momentous occasion! Aaron got to eat a cookie.
He has not had dessert except for a tiny taste at his birthday party and once when his Uncle Doug
(visiting them in Texas)gave him some Reese cups not realizing he wasn't supposed to.
Here Aaron watched his cousins grab cookies, then he chose one, held it up, and asked, "What's this?"
We laughed and told him it was a cookie.
His parents allowed him to eat it and a Buckeye (an Ohio favorite).
This is the big moment for Doug's kids. They were to open their big present at once.
I had ordered a twin fleece blanket made for each of them in a favorite patten.
A lady at the Barnesville Farmer's Market makes them
and she had waited and bought the copyrighted material when it was on sale.
She then made one for each of Doug's kids and his step-son.
His kids like to wrap up in regular blankets to watch TV.
Peyton has been using a queen-size one
that I had given them when Doug set up his own household.
I tied the string a little too tight, so Peyton was the first to get hers out
(with my help).
It has peace signs and hearts on it in several pink shades, and lavender, and blue.
Dillon pulled his over his head.
Each one has a solid fleece background sewn onto the back of the print.
The lady does an excellent job
and her blankets are a popular item especially at her Pumpkin Festival booth.
Not shown is Colton's Ohio State one.
Doug's stepson was unable to be there.
Aaron came over to touch and admire Dillon's.
This is after all the children's presents had been opened
and before the paper was picked up.
Aaron found a free corner and proceeded to play quietly with his new toy.
This is a view from the front of the house and front part of the living room
towards the back and the dining room.
The couch is normally facing this way.
Mike is opening a present from Doug, his girlfriend, and his kids
He is determined to succeed and show off his prowess at this.
He did succeed as my previous post showed.
That's a recap of our Christmas Eve celebration with my kids and our grandkids.
It was hectic, chaotic,and truly wonderful and we all were blessed to be together.
Tonight is New Year's Eve.
May you all have a safe and happy celebration
of the end of one year and the beginning of a new one.
Blessings to you all.
For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
~T.S. Eliot, "Little Gidding"
We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential.