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Our Christmas

Our Christmas began on Wednesday, December 23.  We celebrated Christmas with my stepdaughter and two granddaughters on that day.  Stacey and the girls arrived at 2:00 pm. We ate Christmas dinner: turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, carrots, green bean casserole, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce and for dessert pumpkin pie, chocolate pudding and chocolate chip cookies.  After dinner, and after the kitchen had been cleaned up, we exchanged Christmas gifts.  Our granddaughters left around 4:15 pm, when their paternal grandmother picked up the girls to take them to church.  Stacey left about an hour later.

It was just Bob and me for Christmas Day.   Bob and I decided not to exchange gifts this year, opting to make our Eureka Springs vacation in September our Christmas present to each other.  We didn’t have a white Christmas.  It wasn’t even a chilly Christmas, as the temperature rose into the 50s.  In the afternoon Bob and I went for a long walk at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary in Jamestown, NY.  We walked three trails.  The orange trail is 1 mile in length; the yellow trail is 2 miles in length; and the blue trail is .5 miles in length. We didn’t follow each trail individually, so we didn’t walk the entire 3 ½ miles in trail. It would be reasonable, though, to say we walked more than 2 miles, probably close to 3 miles!

Bob and I on one of the trails at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary

We ate Christmas dinner at Variety Buffet, a local Chinese restaurant that we have eaten at the past couple Christmases.

Bob and I celebrated Christmas with my brother and family at his house the day after Christmas.  We left Warren at 10:00 am and arrived in Cadogan around 12:30 pm. Our nephew, Jared, and his wife Sara and their daughter Kyla had arrived earlier in the day.  I had plenty of Kyla time (and time with Sara and Jared) before the arrival of Judy’s brother, Donald, and his wife Gina and Judy’s mother, Lois, and our nephew, Michael, and his wife Kailey and their children Kaleb and Anna.

We ate dinner at 3:00 pm.

Our Christmas dinner included ham, turkey, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes with gravy, Amish noodles, stuffing, green beans and cranberry sauce. For dessert we had a choice of pumpkin pie, pumpkin roll, and brownies. Dinner was served buffet style, with us taking our filled plates into the living room and den to eat. Dinner was delicious.

Gift opening commenced at 4:00 pm.

The last activity before we departed for home was a sock exchange, in which Judy, Gina, Lois, Sara, Kailey and I participated. Each of us filled a pair of fuzzy socks with stocking stuffers, the contents of which were not to exceed $20.00. We sat in a circle holding the socks that we brought. Jared read a Christmas story that I found on the Internet. Every time the word RIGHT was read, everyone passed her gift to the right. Every time the word LEFT was read, gifts were passed to the left. Each person kept the gift held at the end of the story. I give kudos to my sister-in-law, Judy, for suggesting the sock exchange.  We had the best time passing around our socks!

Bob and I left for home around 6:15 pm and returned home around 9:00 pm. It was an enjoyable day. Too bad that our niece, Emily, and her husband Dan and their daughter Elise couldn’t be there with us.  Emily, Dan and Elise live about a 1.000 miles away–a bit too far for a day’s drive!

I put together the following collage of some of the photographs that I took, while at my brother’s house.

 (top row) l-r: Lois and her great granddaughter; Michael and his family
(middle row) l-r: My brother and sister-in-law with their grandchildren; Donald and Gina
(bottom row) l-r: Emily and her family; Jared and his family

There is one picture included in the collage that I didn’t take. I downloaded one of Emily’s Facebook pictures. Dan, Emily and Elise were not with us in person. They were, though, with us in spirit!

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It is now the last day of the year 2015.   Happy New Year to each and every one of you.  Here are my wishes for you in the new year:

“Great beginning for January…
Love for February…
Peace for March…
No worries for April…
Fun for May…
Joy for June and July…
Achievements for August…
Harmony for September…
Good fortune for October and November…
Happiness for December…”

~Author Unknown

Meeting Kyla for the First Time

Bob and I met Kyla, our newest great niece, yesterday at her welcome party.  The party was hosted by Kyla’s mommy and daddy and her paternal grandparents and was held at her grandparents’ home.

Jared, Sara and Kyla

Jared is my nephew, my brother and sister-in-law’s middle child.  Kyla is Jim and Judy’s fourth grandchild.  Kyla was born on May 8th.

Bob and I were not the only ones from our immediate family who met Kyla yesterday.  Our granddaughter, Harper, accompanied us to the welcome party.

Harper and Kyla

Congratulations, again, Jared and Sara.  Kyla is a beautiful, sweet baby girl!

Welcome Baby Kyla!

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Kyla Nicole
(photograph provided by my sister-in-law Judy, Kyla’s grandmother)

Bob and I have a new great niece. Jared and Sara’s daughter, Kyla Nicole, was born at 4:03 pm on May 8th. She weighed 5lbs. 4 oz. and was 17.5 inches long.  We are hoping to meet Kyla later this month.

Congratulations Jared and Sara!

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Our nephew, Jared, was married yesterday afternoon.  Bob and I have one niece and two nephews.  All three are now married.

Jared and Sara were married in the New Stanton Christian Missionary Alliance Church in New Stanton, Pennsylvania.  Bob, my stepdaughter Stacey, our son-in-law Mike and I made the 3 1/2 hour drive to New Stanton to attend Jared and Sara’s wedding.   Throughout the wedding ceremony it was clear that Jared and Sara’s marriage will be centered around their belief in God.  The wedding ceremony was beautiful.   The bride was lovely, and the groom was handsome.

After the wedding ceremony we drove to the reception, which was held at Bell’s Banquets located in nearby Mt. Pleasant.  I will leave you with a few photographs that I took at the reception.

My brother and his wife (groom’s parents)

Our niece and her husband (groom’s sister and brother-in-law)

Our nephew and his wife (groom’s brother and sister-in-law)

Jared and Sara, their first dance as husband and wife

Congratulations Jared and Sara!  May you have many, many years of happiness in your life together.

Jared and Sara

Earlier this month I blogged about my niece and her boyfriend’s photo session. Emily and Dan’s photo session wasn’t the only photo session I had that day. I held a photo session also for my nephew, Jared, and his fiance, Sara, who became engaged in May this year.  This collage shows a few photographs from the engagement photo session.

Congratulations again to Jared and Sara! I look forward to your wedding next year!

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