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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Christmas Joy!

Good morning, Christmas Number One! (cue the music -- the wonderful Ella!) And let me give you a head's up. Since I'm a first time gran, you're going to see a lot of little babies and family pix!


Yes, this is what it looked like. But we were all warm and toasty inside! Who wouldn't be with Lamb Chop at hand. (And yes, this is a Lamb Chop that came from a PBS meeting where I met Shari Lewis herself. Anybody under 40 probably won't understand that sentence.)


Our Christmas with the kids began on December 22 when Kevin and Molly arrived with our Baby Grand! It was an early night after dinner out but the fun began the next day with a trip to the mall.


What? Going to the mall on December 23? Yup. (Well, women and children to the mall while the guys were doing the real mission -- Home Depot!)


Greg arrived shortly after he returned and one thing became very clear. He and his little nephew are going to be very good buddies.


There was a whole lot of joy going on!


And lots of loving, too!


Our Christmas Dinner was on the 23rd in the evening, our "Christmas Eve." The mashed potatoes were a hit.


Our Christmas morning on the 24th was loads of fun. Terrific gifts all around -- and one delighted little guy who didn't really get it but was having fun!


Then our traditional egg and sausage strata breakfast. Our mimosas were made with sparking juice this year because another Baby Grand is on the way next summer! If one of us can't having champagne on Christmas morning, none of us will!


It didn't take much to keep our Baby Grand occupied and smiling. I highly recommend the jingle bell wreath -- it's practically indestructible!


It also makes an attractive Santa Lucia crown. (And I might say that necklace has had just about had the life sucked out of every piece dangling from it. Good thing I washed it before I came! In fact, I'm not sure what didn't get in this little guy's mouth, apart from choking hazards!)


All that merriment can be exhausting!


Meanwhile, Greg and I did our traditional cookie frosting.


Then, armed with cookies, he was off to his girlfriend's home for "real" Christmas Eve in the falling snow.


Kevin, Molly and our Sweet One took off the next morning for their third Christmas. Before they left we got a couple of my favorite photos...

 

And then the little guy was back asleep again!


By that time it was really coming down, but all arrived safely at their destination!


And the Christmas Neighbor came by, snowblowing sidewalks and driveways.


And so, to him and all we can only reiterate the words of Charles Dickens' Tiny Tim.


"God Bless us, Everyone!"

32 comments:

Pam Richardson said...

Jeanie, what a beautiful Christmas that you had! The baby grand is so cute! We have wondered what we did before our sweet baby girl! Children bring so much joy! It looks like you had a big snowfall, no snow here but cold temps for our Southern spot. Wishing you a wonder-filled Wednesday!

Pam Jackson said...

Loving the pics....esp the SNOW ones. Hoping she see a little this year. Beautiful grand! Such a sweetie.

Linda deV said...

LOVE that pic of you and the gran going shopping!

Marilyn Miller said...

It looks like a most wonderful Christmas. Loved your festive necklace too. Your cookies look like they turned out just beautiful. And the best part of the celebration was the little guy and getting to be grandma. They will have their hands full with two little ones next year. How fun!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

A Baby Grand makes Christmas that much better! Lovely family!

Silver Willow said...

looks like a perfect holiday, and congrats on Grand #2 being on the way!!!

Lynne said...

Looks like a perfectly Christmacy few days . . .
And talk about snow and cold . . . WOWZIE!
Brave you are Jeanie . . . to hit the mall with the “itty bitty!”
Happy everyone had safe travels . . .

My name is Erika. said...

I love how you spread out your Christmas. My family could have used that lesson 25 years ago when my daughter was small. Instead of being flexible my mother was just plain mad about us not coming on Christmas for years. (She never got the idea of my husband also having family and that none of us lived close by). Sorry for the little moan session. But boy it looks like you had fun. Baby grand is adorable. And he seems to love being the life of the party too. By the way, I love the holiday necklace you wore in one photo and your white Christmas. I think the snow moved our way for Christmas morning. MY daughter headed home today, which is a little bit sad because it means Christmas is really over and my vacation is flying by too fast. But it always does, does it not? Happy end of 2017. Thanks for the fun joyful photos. Hugs-Erika

Quiltmoose - Dagmar said...

Dear Jeanie,
thanks for sharing those lovely family pictures! One can feel the joy and Christmas spirit just by looking at them! You have a gorgeous family :-)
Dagmar

Tammie Lee said...

Looks like lovely family fun. So happy that you had that special time together. Congrats on another grandchild soon.

La Table De Nana said...

Is it my imagination or could bébé be the spitting image of Rick?:) I don't know why I just SEE it..and look at you as if you had held bébés all your life..a natural! And you were worried;)
Lamb Chop♥
We had that same weather and let me tell ya it's freakin' cold here.

I have been in all day..not deconstructing Christmas as many blogs are doing..mine will be here till mid Jan I think..
Your necklace my dear♥
I had a few strands of faux pearls and my daughter called me "Pearl" ♥ I love humor.

Cause I can lack it..;)
Darn cute family you have there:)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

This is just a FABULOUS Christmas post. You packed a huge amount of happiness, love, and photos in one lovely post. It was fun spending all those days with you and your family.

We have not seen any moisture at all in months, but it is bitterly cold here and the wind goes right through you.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Very heartwarming! I love that pic of Rick on the floor. So practical. Such a homey nice Christmas scene! Right down to the snow.

Joyful said...

What a cute little grandson you have. I know children can make the Christmas season that much more magical, and tiring. So I can relate to Rick being exhausted and lying down on the floor, lol. Enjoy the rest of your holidays. xx

Valerie-Jael said...

Glad you had a wonderful Christmas. I spent the past days in bed, so it was not such fun. Your little one is really a STAR! Hugs, Valerie

Sami said...

You certainly had a few wonderful Christmas parties Jeanie.
Your little grandson is so cute. Ours just turned 13 months, but he didn't really pay much attention to his gifts like we expected.

Barbara Fisher said...

Thank you for sharing all these lovely family photos. God Bless you one and all!

Bella said...

Love these, Jeanie. So glad your Christmas was filled with family and happiness. Now, on to the new year.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Yes little one, "God bless us, everyone!"

eileeninmd said...

Hello, looks like a wonderful Christmas celebration with the family and the baby grand. He is adorable. You are blessed. I wish you and yours all the best in 2018, Happy New Year. Have a happy day, stay warm!

Victoria Zigler said...

Are you kidding? I'm 33, and I know who you're talking about. Lambchop was one of my favourite shows. I used to watch it - along with a short cartoon you may or may not know of called Mrs Pepperpot - every morning before school. I also had the whole schoolbus full of kids singing the song that doesn't end one morning... If the bus driver is still alive, I'm pretty sure he still hasn't forgiven me for that one. LOL! And I'm so jealous you met her!

Anyway, it sounds like you had a wonderfully perfect Christmas. Snow, cute babies, loving family around you, and great food... What more could you ask for?

Oh, and congratulations on the soon to be new addition to the family.

gigihawaii said...

Merry Christmas and aloha from Hawaii.

Polly said...

Beautiful photos of your lovely family. Baby grand is gorgeous and exciting times ahead with grand number 2 on the way. I love your necklace.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Dear Jeanie
I loved this post and meeting your gorgeous grand baby!
Having them around makes Christmas so special 🎅🏻⭐️✨💫
We have had our first Christmas with ours for 9 years - sadly our son who lives in Australia couldn’t join us.
I’ve been reading reports of the big freeze in the States- I would love to experience a snowy Christmas one day - it looks magical☃️❄️❄️❄️
Enjoy the fun
Sending warm hugs and sunbeams✨✨✨✨
Love
Shane xx

Laura Beth said...

Looks like a very beautiful Christmas, full of the love of family! I hope 2018 brings you even more joy and togetherness. :) Happy New Year!

Julia - Vintage with Laces said...

It looks like you had a lovely Christmas and Grand seems to be a very happy baby. It's wonderful that you all had such a great time, Jeanie. Congratulations on the expected second grandbaby!
Stay warm!
xo Julia

Joanne Huffman said...

Been on the road for two days and just getting on the computer for the first time. Congratulations!

Rita C. said...

What a great Christmas post, Jeanie! The baby grand is SO adorable, and congrats to mama on the coming baby! It looks like everyone was well in your neck of the woods (so much nasty stuff going around!), and definitely a good time had by all. I love you sharing these moments.

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Baby Grand is so adorable - I love his big blue eyes! What a doll. Christmas will be even more fun in the years to come when he understands what is going on more and more. And you'll have his little sister or brother to snuggle next year. How exciting!

Barbara Windle said...

I think you've had a wonderful Christmas, Jeanie. We also had a lot of snow starting on Christmas Eve to add to the pile we already had. It has been extremely cold here too. We feel so blessed to have been able to spend time with family and friends and enjoy a lot of food with them too.

Happy New Year!!

shoreacres said...

Snow, and cookies, and family, and -- a baby! What could be better? Your photos are fabulous, although I do marvel now and then at all of you surviving up there. Of course, we don't have what it takes to cope with snow. Even my "winter clothes" wouldn't do it up there. Well, nor my tires. Snow tires do help.

I'm so glad you season is stretching out so sweetly -- and without those niggling "little" concerns that might have put an edge on the celebrations. Now? On to a new year!

Jann Olson said...

Oh you cute thing you with your crown! I agree, being a grandma is the best!! They are one of the many joys of my life. We have had hardly no snow, but it did manage to snow Christmas eve. Perfect!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

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