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Last night was Christmas eve. Started our celebration by worshiping with the family at Earl and Penny’s church where Earl was singing in the choir. It was a beautiful service with of lots of songs and God’s fulfilled promises. Penny fixed a yummy dinner featuring ham and cheesy hashbrown potatoes. After a bit of cleaning up, it was picture and present time. As usual, the youngest (Ellie) got the most presents. Of course, she was thrilled with all the toys. Jeff and the other men in the family got new saws from Grandpa and pj’s from Grandma. The boys got some clothes, more treats and more money. Me–let’s just say I was overwhelmed by the generosity of my family.
I’ve had lots of celebrating the past few days. Both of my stepsons celebrated birthdays and my A-team had our end of the season holiday social.
Today my oldest stepson, Brandon, official entered the world of adulthood. I know it probably doesn’t feel any different right now, but soon changes are coming as he finishes high school and moves off to college in the coming year.
Yesterday, Austin turned 15. It was their last day of school before Christmas break.
Another season, my fourth as an MVC A-team member, came to an end. It’s been a wonderful year being a part of this awesome group of ladies. I will miss it. We celebrated by having dinner together at a local Don Pablos.
Since we have one of those blended families, we try to have an evening where we celebrate Christmas just as a family. We have dinner together and open our gifts to each other that night. This year we ate pizza and had such a fun time. Ellie got her zhu zhu pets (no dogs however) and a palace for them to play in and lots of other toys. Anna got some clothes, makeup and a DS game. Austin got lots of food gifts (and I do mean lots–but he loved it!) and a remote control helicopter. Brandon got some books, a digital picture frame and treats too. Jeff got a shirt, journal, treats and a restaurant gift certificate (he better take me out). And I got a new Forman grill, ornaments from Ellie and a scarf and hat that Anna knit.
The church Christmas show, “Arrest These Merry Gentlemen” was performed during the service last Sunday. It was a show that both touched your heart and made you chuckle.
“Arrest These Merry Gentlemen”
What we need is a silent night,
A little law and order sounds nice
When all of these census crowds
Are driving us crazy.
What we need is a clean sweep,
Less noise so we can get some good sleep.
We’re thinking these shepherds are beginning to
Sound a little shady.
Can you tell by now we’re saying?
Arrest these merry gentlemen!
More photo highlights from the show: