Friday, December 27, 2013

Holidays Snapshots

So far this Christmas my favorite thing has been.......seeing the expressions on our grandchildren's faces.  Not only did they like their gifts, they loved giving gifts as well.  These two cuties were opening their Calico Critter house from Grampy and Grammy.  I think it took awhile to realize what it was.  You would not believe how many critter things these two have.  See the blue boxes.  Most on my list got Origami Owl lockets.  The children were so excited getting them.  Personalizing them makes them even more special.
Okay, I had to show you this wrapping paper I bought from a school fundraiser.  Don't you love it.  There is an Airstream, VW Bug, old truck and a woodie car. 
My grandson was so excited over his mobile police station Lego set.  He also got a locket.  I used a leather cord, choose a black locket and put a basketball, baseball and a football inside.  He SO wanted a locket.....seriously. Oh and he got Mickey Mouse duct tape that he was so happy with.
Here's my Mabel with her favorite book.  She was with me at a craft fair when she saw this.  She wanted to buy it then but Grammy already bought her something.  So afterwards I tracked the lady down and got it for her.  She was so excited.  Her favorite gift.  (Yes, my sofa zippers are showing.  Cushions needed flipped, sorry)
Now, if you saw the earlier post with us in the noses......the kids were so excited giving us these.  Mabel actually was shaking waiting on me to unwrap this.  Ever since I took them to the Clown Academy performance, they are in love with anything to do with clowns.  Mabel has on her locket.Her brother with Grampy's nose.
Under cover adult children.
Guess what......lockets. This really isn't an advertisement for Origami Owl.
Putting the new Critter stuff together.
Piper in his new haircut.  They cut him so short that he has had to wear his jacket ever since. 
Youngest son Chris.  He had a good report at the cardiologist office the day before.  There is a hardening or thickening of one wall in his heart but everything else is good.
Little Izzy waiting for someone to arrive. 
We aren't done with Christmas just yet.  Our daughter arrives tomorrow evening with her children.  So there will be more unwrapping and celebrating.  We also have Hubby's birthday Sunday and Mabel's on New Years Eve.  My decorations will stay up for awhile.  My daughter hasn't been here for Christmas in least 8 years maybe more.
On Christmas Day we were on the road. But before we left home we exchanged stocking.  We thought we would change things up this year.  It was fun.....and we will do it again.  So much easier and creative.  We went to brunch at our son and DIL's.  Then we drove 2 hours each way,  to see our moms.  Hubby's mom wasn't doing well so that visit was short.  My Mom is doing well after her surgery.  We got her a Nook.  she is already stressing about using it.  Hubby got it all set up for her.  She got an I phone last year from my brother so this should be simple.  We took Honey Baked Ham and potatoes for dinner.  I put the potatoes on a pan with the plastic wrap on the top.  That's what the directions said.  I left my Mom in the kitchen and when she went to put it in the oven she asked if I was sure the wrap stayed on.  Then she said she was putting it on a pan before putting it in the oven.  I told her I already had.  Then when we discovered a major leak in one of her bathrooms, my eyes started burning.  Off to the kitchen.  She had put the ham that was in a ziplock in the oven.  Oh my, what a mess.  Hubby said that I can't leave her in the kitchen alone.  From her house we stopped by our other son and DIL's home.  They had 25 guests from her side of the family.  So finally got home to let the doggies out.  It has been a fun few days with much more to look forward to.  I hope all of you were blessed in some way this holiday.  I know many are struggling in some way or another.  I wish all of you some "JOY".


Julia said...

Thanks for sharing your Christmas memories. It's such a delight seeing the grandkids reactions at Christmas when they are young and even the big kids too.

Happy Weekend.

At Home in English Valley said...

Dear Friend, Looks like an amazing holiday. When the kids light up like that you know that Grandma did good! The lockets are so special, what a great keepsake. So many girls have already taken down the tree and have moved on from Christmas...It's gonna be a while for me!
Happy New Year, wishing you good health and happiness always. Love,, Penny

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Lots of happy faces and the noses and glasses are sure fun!

Kimberly said...

thanks for sharing your holiday pictures! looks like a wonderful day and everyone looks happy with their presents. I like your PUPS in their coats. Happy New Year, Debby!

must love junk said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time with your family-so sweet! (And that wrapping paper is adorable :)

Cozy Little House said...

That wrapping paper with the vintage autos, etc. is so cute!

Cathyjo said...

A lovely enjoyed it.Hugs

Kelly said...

Wow! It sounds like you had a very busy holiday, but a good one. Your grandchildren are so cute. I remember when Legos were a big hit at our house too.

Custom Comforts said...

You look like you had a wonderful Christmas Debby. Children are always the best part of Christmas and oftentimes pets too. this year our dog got into his presents while we were out Christmas Eve. They were just stuffed animals I picked up at Goodwill and washed up, but he was so happy with them.
Your tree and mantle are just beautiful. I love the larger old-fashioned multi-colored lights like we used to have when we were kids. Very pretty.
Happy New Year.

Perfectly Printed said...

Love seeing your darling grands!! Everyone looks like they had a blst!

Relyn Lawson said...

Hello, dear friend.
I have a few wishes for you.
May 2014 bring you much joy.
May we all have peace in our homes,
laughter by our firesides,
time spent with family,
and contentment in our hearts.
Be well, my friend.

NanaDiana said...

Happy New Year, Debby. Just popping in to see your Christmas. I took a couple of weeks off so I am just playing catch up. God bless you and your dear family in this upcoming year- xo Diana

Foxxy said...

Hi Debby, I'm so glad you liked your secret santa gifts I sent you. This was my first time participating so I was a bit apprehensive about it all. Next time I'll make sure and wrap everything nice and pretty. It wasn't until I opened my box that i realized I should have done the same to yours. I felt so bad. It's nice to finally follow you and be able to share a few words. I wanted to do it earlier but didn't want to give myself away. You look like you had a lovely Christmas with family. Wish all the best for you! (((hugs)))

Amy A said...

Hi Debby, looks like your family had fabulous Christmas! Did I get your ornament sent to you from the giveaway on my blog? I lost track of who's I have sent! I have 2 more to send and I think one might be yours? Please let me know, thanks :)

pogonip said...

I shouldn't laugh at the oven disaster but a giggle or two might have escaped.

I've been crushing on the pickup truck/Christmas tree trend--found a toy pickup truck. Would you believe $10! I passed. But I'll be looking at yard sales when warmer weather arrives.

Rachel Gibb said...

HI! I know this may be a long shot, but would you happen to know what fundraising company you used to buy the awesome vintage car and trailer wrapping paper? I have both a Volkswagen and an Airstream and would love to wrap my presents in this paper this year.