We woke up on Christmas morning to a little more snow and with lots of anticipation of the day ahead.
Andrew and Katie drove over the Pass on Thursday and on to Idaho to spend Christmas Eve with Andrew’s dad. At 9am on Christmas morning they left Idaho for our house and pulled into our driveway close to noon.
On Christmas Eve we learned that Josh and Laura’s flight on Christmas Day was cancelled. They made the quick decision to drive instead. They left their home at 8am on Christmas day and we waited on pins and needles hoping that Snoqualmie Pass would stay open. The Pass stayed open and they had a beautiful drive pulling into our driveway at 2:30 ish.
We enjoyed some soup and naan and hummus as we waited for Dan, Jamie, Addy and JJ to arrive after naps.
We were all excited to see them pull into the drive, too. They brought dessert, a Happy Birthday Jesus Cake that Jamie and Addy baked.
Since dinner wasn’t quite ready we decided to open presents before we sat down to eat. We started with the youngest and worked our way up in the gift opening process.
We interrupted our gift opening for Christmas dinner. The Prime Rib was carved, the vegetables were roasted, the creamed corn was hot and the Yorkshire Pudding was out of the oven. Time to sit down and enjoy our meal.
Family photo and on to opening the rest of the presents!
JJ painted this for Baba!
After all the presents were opened we had our dessert and continued to enjoy our time together thankful for each other and the love we share.
Dan, Jamie and the kids left for home and the rest of us decompressed for awhile and headed to bed. On Sunday we had a full day together starting with church and then lunch and dinner at Dan and Jamie’s home.
I’ve got catch up posts from our time together as a family before our kids drove back to the West side of the mountains that will have to wait till next week. Both couples made it home safely with no incidents. We are so thankful for that and don’t take it for granted.
We decided on cancelling our Welcoming 2022 open house here after church on January 2nd. We just got a forecast for 4 more inches of snow on Sunday and we are concerned about our guests safety traveling and walking on our drive up to our door. Too much slipping and sliding around here. We will try again hopefully before Spring for our event!
14 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Jesus 2021!”
Such a joy filled post. I love you I love you I love you
We love you Vera!
Love this family. Thank you for sharing. Happy New Year.
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You are a special lady and we love you Donna!
Very glad that your family “made it happen” in spite of troubles. Your grands are so animated and cute in their photos.
Thank you, Vee! Happy New Year!
Ellen – thanks for giving us a full peek into your Christmas Day! So full of love and joy! And those have to be some of the largest Yorkshire Puddings I have ever seen! Happy New Year to you and yours!
Thank you Angie! Happy New Year to you and yours!
…little children add a sense of magic to Christmas. Have a Healthy and Happy New Year, Ellen.
So true, Tom. Happy New Year to you and yours!
Sure looks like a fun day was had by all.
First of all, your tree is beautiful! The news has talked about the 1000 flights that have been canceled the last week or two, I’m glad your family made it safely. And so thankful the pass stayed open for them. Direct answer to prayer? 🙂 You have a beautiful family Ellen. Glad you had a great Christmas. And now, Happy New Year!
What a fun and beatuiful post! Grandchildren add so much to the Christmas excitement … something we can see clearly in your post! I’m thankful with you for your kids’ safety on the road and for such a joyful celebration!
Beautiful! That first photo looks like it could be a Christmas card all its own.