Merry Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas!!  It has been an awesome two days of Christmas for our family.  Yesterday was spent finishing gifts, finishing wrapping (or getting closer), relaxing, and family times.  We spent the evening at my grandparents’ house – pizza for dinner, and then we went to church (I sang a trio, a solo, and played a solo on trombone), and then back to Grandma & Grandpa’s to open presents from Dad’s side of the family.  I got a really cool cat that my aunt carved out of wood, and money (always the right size and style!!).  After we got home, we got cookies and milk ready for Santa and carrots for his reindeer and we headed off to bed.

This morning we got up and found that Santa had thought we were VERY good this year.  The best part was Robert’s expression when he saw the empty milk cup and he got a thank you note from Santa.  In my stocking I got a couple of yummy smelling candles, some M & M’s in Green Bay Packer colors, some Christmas socks, a pair of Central Michigan University socks and 2 CMU scrunchies, some bamboo knitting needles, and a calendar for my van.  Then we finished getting ready and we headed to my aunt’s house for Christmas with Mom’s side of the family.  My cousin-in-law D had drawn my name for the family exchange and he got me a beautiful frame that says "Having someplace to go is Home.  Have someone to love is Family.  Having both is a Blessing." and it has 10 picture openings around the saying and they are all filled with pictures of my family!!  It made me cry, and that’s always a good thing!  The food and time with family was very good – I don’t get to see family very often, and I cherish every minute of our time together.

This evening was Christmas at home with Mom and Dad, Rick, and Ryan, Robert, and I.  There was a huge pile of gifts under the tree and we had a great time opening everything.  I got a Perfect Brownie Pan from Robert, a HUGE George Foreman grill from Ryan, some flavored coffee and some melamine cooking bowls from my brother Rick, a waffle maker, Christmas kitty shirt, beautiful hand knit scarf, and an Army sun catcher from Mom and Dad, and probably more.  But the best part was being together with family again, especially after spending last Christmas in Iraq.

Time for sauna now and then bed. . .

Today’s high:  33
Current:  34

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