Sunday, December 28, 2008

Bryson and Gramme

Bryson and Gramme (me) playing in his Thomas the Train Tent that he got from Santa. It is so much fun playing with him. Just being with Bryson and watching him play is such a joy!!

Christmas Day

Kendrick and his dad took a bunch of pictures Christmas Day too. So as soon as I get that CD, I will post more pictures of others in the family.

Christmas Day

Grandpa and Bryson eatting Christmas dinner. Em forgot the bib so he wore a special one.

Our nephew Ben, Sean, Bryson & our niece Austin.

Gerald's brother, Jimmy carving the turkey.

Gerald's sister Karon.

Granny and Papa
For the last several years now, we have been spending Christmas at Gerald's sisters house. We all take something. We always take Candy Yams, stuffing and a dessert. Some years we take a little more. At Sheila's you never know who is going to be there. It is always a surprise. Some years (when Sean had to work) it was several guys from the Fire Dept. Everyone is welcome-friends, family and neighbors. This year was a little calmer because we didn't exchange gifts. I must say though, I did miss it a little. NO Jimmy, I did not miss playing that Santa exchange thing where you take other people gifts.:) I missed seeing people open gifts. Especially Bryson. He is such a cute age now and gets so excited about everything. Maybe next year I can convince everyone to draw names.:
All total there was about ---- 30 people this year. A little smaller than usual. Everyone had a wonderful time.

Christmas Day

Doesn't Greg look handsome

Christmas Day Greg was up bright and early getting a diet coke. I knew we had tons to do so, Gerald and I got up. Greg was very excited and so thankful for all that Santa brought him. It is always fun watching Greg's excitement on Christmas Day. He got several things he needed and wanted. He looked so handsome when Gerald took him to meet Rusty and Maxine. He spent the rest of his Christmas vacation in Clayton with Rusty, Meredith, Ally and Colby.

A Very Special Gift

This year I received a very special gift. It was something I have been wanting for a very long time but I could never find exactly what I wanted. It was hard to describe to any one. I just knew that I would know it was the right one when I saw it. Emily had been with me on several occasions over the years and would ask " Do you like that one?" and I would say "It's alright but it's not the one I really want. " Well, this year I got the right one, the one I wanted- to my surprise. My daughters hand painted me the MOST BEAUTIFUL NATIVITY SET that I have ever seen! It is perfect!

Christmas Eve

We had a fun Christmas Eve. Angela, Kendrick, Emily, Sean and Bryson all came over around 5pm. Greg was here, we picked him up the day before. We had snack foods: sausage balls, turkey, ham, cheese, chips, party mix and a bunch of other stuff. We all ate in the new dining room together. Then we opened gifts. It was so much fun watching Bryson this year. He could open his presents by himself (with a little help). He was so cute! We all love watching and playing with him.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas Eve Morning

Merry Christmas!!! I am so excited! Our family get together is tonight! I can hardly wait! It will be so much fun watching Bryson open his presents. Greg is excited too. He wants to write a letter to Santa. I think Meredith started something :)

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas Get Together

Eating in our new unfinished dining room.

Last night we had our get together with --Rusty, Meredith, Ally, Colby, Maxine, Greg, Emily, Sean, Bryson and Angela. Kendrick didn't come. We missed him and hopes he feels better soon. We all ate in our new dining room.There was so much room, we loved it. It's not finished but it looked good. There was tons of food. The kids played and the adults talked. I think everyone had a great time. It sure was great to all be together. We need to do it more often.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Saturday, December 13, 2008

What A Mess!!!!!

Last Sunday I asked Gerald if he could please clean out the old living room (new dining room) for Christmas. Of course he said yes and if you know me, I asked him again to be sure that he understood what I wanted. It is a hectic time of the year and I knew we would be busy with different activities so, I just wanted it cleaned up. No renovation work --just cleaned up. Well, Monday morning his brother Jimmy came to work and promptly started taking the ceiling down. Gerald took off all week to work on the room. They encountered major problems when they removed the carpet and the floor wasn't level underneath. So they spent two days working on that. Any way to make a very long story short---My kitchen has a curio cabinet, another cabinet and many, many tools all over the place. Plastic is taped in various places. I am told the walls are painted and the final coat will be put on the ceiling tomorrow.
Oh-and today, after I did my Christmas cards,I was going to wrap presents but NO the stairs are block off and I can't go upstairs to get the presents.

And Now---Gerald has to go out of town. Yes OUT Of Town.
:( I am trying to smile. :)
Pictures tomorrow.

Monday, December 1, 2008

A Cold Rainy Night

Last Saturday night, Bryson spent the night with us. Gerald had the great idea that he would make Bryson his first home made hot chocolate. So he boiled the milk, added the cocoa and let it cool a little before giving it to Bryson. Well the pictures say it all :)
You have to click on the pictures to get his facial expressions.