We wrapped Addy’s gift with a plastic table cloth. She noticed something different in the family room.
Baba and Gramps bought Addy a pony and Laura captured Addy’s curiosity about what was under the wrapping.
Uncle Josh and Auntie Laura bought Addy a mini trampoline.
Mommy and Daddy bought Addy a four wheeler and a helmet! It is good to learn country skills early.
On Wednesday the 2nd of January I worked on packing up Christmas and re-organizing our storage area. Things look so bare now. I wonder if Addy will notice all the bling put away? We are being warned of some new winter weather coming in the wee hours tomorrow morning. I’ve been patting myself on the back for getting out there and driving on the winter roads here. Hope 2019 is starting out well for you!
Our Western Washington kids arrived on Christmas morning just before 11:00 a.m. I was watching expectantly at the living room window. They flew into the Spokane airport and rented their bright sleigh for the drive north to our house.
Our Eastern Washington kids arrived after Addy’s nap, about 3:30. We opened stocking gifts and then got ready for our dinner.
Prime Rib off the Traegar this year and it was delicious. It was nice to have the oven free for our side dishes, roasted vegetables, Yorkshire pudding and creamed corn.
On Boxing day we all gathered again for another batch of Dear’s Swedish Pancakes.
After our breakfast we played some games until it was time for Addy to go home for her nap. We gathered in the afternoon at Dan and Jamie’s for fun in the snow and for dinner. I’ve posted already about our fun in the snow.
Thank you, Vee, for suggesting PhotoScape for a collage making program. I went a little overboard but had fun.
I’ll wait and see if Angie has a link-up for Mosaic Monday or maybe I missed the fact that we are taking this Monday off.
Happy last day of 2018 everyone. What a year it was. I’ll put my New Year greeting up tomorrow but for now I’ll consider 2018 and all that God has guided us through.
Here’s the first paragraph and following sentence from a daily reading by Spurgeon for December 31st:
From day to day and from year to year my faith believes in the wisdom and love of God, and I know that I shall not believe in vain. No good word of his has ever failed, and I am sure that none shall ever fall to the ground. I put myself into his hand for guidance….
A fair warning. This will be a photo overload post.
Welcome to our Country Christmas Bungalow.
We decked the halls…
The Sunday before Christmas we had an open house and our Daughter-in-law’s family helped us start off our Christmas celebrations.
My next post will be a photo overload of Christmas day when our kids from the West arrived for our 2018 family Christmas!
On Boxing Day we all gathered at Dan and Jamie’s after breakfast for some fun in the snow and dinner. When Addy woke up from her nap we headed down the driveway for some sledding on the steeper section of the 1 mile driveway.
The sled picked up some nice speed going down and the climb back up was manageable.
Couples decided to give it a try, too.
Laura even managed a selfie zooming downhill with the snow flying in her face.
Addy didn’t think it was time to go inside and half way to the garage she noticed Auntie Katie still on the sled and high tailed it to her.
One last ride into the house.
Another great family memory in the books!
The Western kids left Friday morning for their drive to Spokane Airport for their flight home. It was a quiet afternoon here at our Country Bungalow. Dear made a trip to the dump. Two months of trash disposal cost us $10. Today we woke up to a fresh snowfall. It looks like we have about six inches.
I’ll be staying put today enjoying some down time. How about you?
Be back soon! We’re having a great time with all our kids under our roof.
Christmas in 1977 was before we had any children and Christmas 2017 was our first Christmas with a granddaughter. Forty years of Christmases. Some merrier than others but all enjoying the benefits of God’s saving grace in our lives.
Merry Christmas to each and every one of you who faithfully check in to see what’s up in my corner of the world. I thank God for you and am grateful for the chance to get to know you via your blogs. I’ll be back after Christmas when…
The Christmas stockings are emptied.
The boxes and gift wrap are all recycled.
The Breakfast Swedish Pancakes are devoured.
The Christmas Music plays on my new 6cd changer.
The Christmas Prime Rib Roast is prepared and eaten with all the trimmings.
The Christmas Crackers are popped.
The Christmas photos are taken.
The Christmas dishes are washed and put away until next Christmas.
The Christmas gifts are enjoyed.
And we continue to worship and adore our Savior, the Savior of the world all year long. God with us, Emmanuel. “Blessed art thou, O Lord.”
Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Matthew 6:26
We are spending a long weekend on the western side of the Cascade mountain range. We drove over the pass on Saturday with mostly clear roads for the 365 miles. We are staying with our oldest son and our dear daughter-in-law. While here we are celebrating her birthday.
On Sunday I traveled north to Canada for our annual Mennonite Girls Can Cook Christmas party/dinner. Dear was supposed to go with me but alas we realized we both forgot to bring our passports with us across the mountains. Oye. I have an enhanced license so I’m able to travel across the Canadian/U.S. border with that. It was a very sad realization that Dear would miss out on this event. I made the 2+ hour drive each way by my lonesome enjoying my new Lauren Daigle CD. Dinner and time with the “girls” was rich and wonderful. Lovella and her beloved created a beautiful setting for us all to enjoy. Everyone contributed to the meal and it was over the top delicious from the Charcuterie board appetizer, Potato Leek soup, plated salad, stuffed pork loin with noodles and gravy, roasted carrots, broccoli salad, fresh rolls and a beautiful layered cake dessert.
While I was in Canada Dear had dinner with our Western Washington Kids (WWK). For Monday we will meet up with dear friends for lunch at our favorite Mexican restaurant on this side and be able to hug our favorite waitress! This evening we will gather together with our WWK to celebrate Laura’s birthday. My take away gift from the MGCC party last night was a beautiful home made pie that Judy baked and we’ll enjoy that as Laura’s birthday “cake” after dinner. Photos to follow sometime soon….