Friday, December 28, 2007

The Christmas that never ends....

Did I mention that 2007 Christmas is just going on and on? We have a private Christmas with each of the grown kids, usually prior to Christmas and then the mass chaos of the 25th, plus daughter #3 who always has us over on the 6th of Jan in defference to my dad's family tradition of gift giving on Epiphany.

This year, total bedlam instead. Only 3 had Christmas with us before, and so now we are stacked up. Instead of the relaxation after Christmas, I feel like I'm trying to psych myself up over and over again. Last night was daughter #2, and it was great. But now, today is son #2's family (he's in the Middle East) and possibly son #3. (His schedule is nuts). This weekend is son# 4. Then, daughter #3 next week, then Christmas again when aforementioned son #2 comes home in Feb.

What I really want is to snuggle in with a good snowstorm and some killer hot cocoa(with whipped cream!) and knit to my heart's content.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Yippee!!! Knitting stuff for Christmas!!

Wahoo!! We had Christmas tonight with daughter #2 and her family. She made me one of her fabulous bags, especially for my knitting!! I love it! Totally retro. And the kids know I am collecting childrens books about knitting, so they got me TWO I didn't have!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas was great. This is what it's all about here on the 77 year old father in law chats it up with my 7 month old grandson, Jefferson. This image made me cry.....


Calm before the storm.....The grownup stockings just before we took them down to fill.

The day is past and the exhaustion is setting in! Only 5 of our kids could come home this year so the numbers were not staggering. We kept the food simple, sliced turkey, ham, and roast beef with a vat of potato soup. The guys peeled TWENTY pounds of potatoes! Bless them! Sixteen of the grandkids were here and all played happily together. Even the teens!

This year five of our kids have elected to have our special private dinners with them after Christmas. It's very strange. Christmas is over, but my room is still STACKED with gifts!