Christmas and more

Christmas Eve day was spent frantically crocheting on Christmas presents before we headed to Marquette to visit with Grandma.  She really liked the afghan that the family made for her (4 family members each crocheted 4 squares and I assembled them all).  Robert got a couple of neat gifts from Grandma and Aunt C and we all got some nicknacks that had been at Grandma’s house.  Mom and Rick and I provided some Christmas music for the residents of the facility where Grandma lives and they really enjoyed that.  Mom played the piano and Rick and I sang and then I played the trombone for a little while.  Then we had our traditional Christmas Eve dinner of pizza before heading to church where I did more music.  I sang "Do You Hear What I Hear?" for special music, played "O Holy Night" on my trombone during the offering, and played the first Communion hymn on the piano so Mom could go to Communion.  I went during the second hymn after Mom got back.  After we got home from Church, there was more crocheting and present wrapping.

Christmas morning found our stockings filled and overflowing with gifts from Santa.  We got all kinds of fun and useful things.  Here’s what I got in my stocking: Book – "Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover’s Soul", cross stitch Christmas ornament – "Tis the Season to be Jolly!", ceramic blade safety cutter, ceramic blade letter opener, red & green M&Ms, sheep tape measure, 

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assorted flavored lip balms, small calendar with adhesive backing for my car, and snowman socks.  After we were done opening our stockings, Mom & Rick made donut puffs for breakfast, and then I went back to my crocheting to get at least a little bit more done.  

Once the family started arriving shortly before 1, the fun chaos began.  Once everyone was here, there were 19 of us, including 3 ages 6 and under.  It’s always great having the whole family together and all my cousins!  We had tons of wonderful food for Christmas dinner, and then presents galore.  The kids get gifts from everyone, and the adults do a drawing earlier in the year so we only give/receive one gift.  It’s always fun to see who had who and what they got.  My cousin A had my name and she gave me a framed picture of flowers that she took, some guava butter (body butter and lip butter), a sparkly snowflake ornament, and a book – "Eat This, Not That 2011".  After presents were done, we had dessert.

After everyone had left, we got more presents wrapped and "reloaded" the tree.  Apparently red was the color of the year for wrapping paper as there was A LOT of red paper under the tree.  And enough presents that it took us almost 3 hours to unwrap everything – and that was just the 6 of us.  Here’s what I got:  Mom’s Busy Year calendar, scented candle, box of Cafe Mocha for my Keurig coffee maker, "My K-cup" for my Keurig, purple Camelbak sports bottle, pour spout for pans/bowls, Faith Lutheran Church 100th Anniversary cookbook, piano salt and pepper shakers, music towel, purple "RUN" t-shirt, green "RUNNING" t-shirt, t-shirt – "I wasn’t born in the U.P., but I got here as soon as I could.", 2 books – "Cook This, Not That: Kitchen Survival Guide" & "Cook This, Not That: Easy & Awesome 350-Calorie Meals", notebook surge protector, cross stitch chart – "French Country Cat" by JBW Designs, gift card for Shell gas, "Harley Girl" hat, bike repair stuff – tools, spare tubes, under-seat storage bag; finished cross stitch piece – "Cats are like potato chips. You can’t have just one.", finished cross stitch piece – "Home is where you hang stuff" and a 3-peg rack to hang "stuff" on, and a homemade fleece hoodie with music notes on it.

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Sunday morning was church, and I played the prelude, offertory, and postlude all on trombone.  After church, we went to Marquette for some shopping and to visit Grandma again.  Then we spent the rest of the day relaxing and I did more crocheting.

Monday was a relaxing morning and then we made pasties (pronounced pas-tees) in the afternoon for an early dinner.  After we ate, we headed to Marquette to visit Grandma, do a little more shopping and other errands, and then we drove around and looked at all the winners of the Christmas lighting contest they have each year.  There were lots of great displays.  We stopped for a snack of donuts part way through the Christmas light looking. 

Today was another relaxing day, and I was actually the last one up for a change.  It was me and Ryan’s 8th anniversary today!  We took Robert ice skating at the neighbor’s across the lake.  We walked across the lake to get there.  I skated as well, and another neighbor girl came over, too.  Robert did really well for his first time ever ice skating.  We all had a lot of fun.  Then I got stuff mostly packed up and we went to Grandma’s house to go through stuff in there and take or make note of what we wanted.  Shortly after we got home, we headed to the Up North Lodge for our anniversary dinner.  The whole family goes and it’s a fun time.  Thanks for dinner Rick!!  After we got home, Aunt C came over and we visited for a while and I got to meet her friend B.  Everyone else has met him before.  After they left, I did more packing and Ryan started getting the van loaded.  I did get a little bit of crocheting done as well.

Today’s high:  32
Current:  19





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