My Christmas was really good. I hope yours was too. I think I did okay with my gifting and I know I got great gifts….
Here’s a few pictures from our day. The Friedmans and Karl were here…oh, and Georgia too.
Kelli had to work the day shift at the hospital and Jason offered to do chores so the other people at his farm could spend time with family.
Christmas isn’t a big day our house…and it’s WAY simple. In fact, after looking the pictures, I realized I forgot to comb my hair. I came downstairs right away in the morning to get Rosie outside to try to go potty and then got busy doing things without even realizing I didn’t comb it. AHHH…and Kalissa never said anything.
Every year for my birthday Kalissa takes Carver to the dollar store and lets him pick out whatever he wants to give me. It’s so cute. The first time he went, he picked out red paper plates. I oh and awe over them all the time. If we eat pizza here I often use paper plates and I make a production over me getting to use my special red paper plates.
He gave me some again….
He is so cute and teases me about them. He keeps a secret…then he tells me what’s in the package. I typically get red plates for Mother’s Day and my birthday or Christmas.
I love it.
Kalissa’s family got me this shirt…I love it.
They also got me this present….
It’s a squirrel house…like a bird house only for squirrels. They did a bunch of research on them and Craig built it. They had one of my former childcare kids (all grown up) do the wood burning on it. I was also told that this comes with a free installation. They are going to put it on my tree where the squirrel feeder is.
I have to say my best present though was probably this… It was from Craig. 1 hour of manual labor…1 hour of yard work….1 hour of landscaping.
I couldn’t help but getting all teary eyed when he gave me the last one. “Good for anything and everything you’d even need help with”. Notice it never expires.
Oh my. If you are on your own like I am, you would know how much that means. I need help but am so bad at asking.
Rosie had a great time hanging with us. It’s hard to believe she’s part of the family already.
After packages were opened…I read Carver his Papa Moo book. I made it through without crying a tear. I was so impressed with myself.
Carver was so full of questions.
After that Craig started in on a project for me….see??
Carver joined in…Karl too.
I’ll tell you more about that another day.
Then Carver tried out my Grandma’s pump organ.
…and Kalissa and Karl tried out the pickled herring. What can I say? It’s the Swede in us. We LOVE it. My dad always had us try as a kid…we did the same with our kids. If there was ever a buffet with pickled herring and we took the kids, well, lets just say they had to restock after we went through the line.
One of my childcare families came over. They are friends of the family and they weren’t doing anything so the more the merrier. We love extras…
…and that gave us enough people to play cards. YAHOO!!
We still haven’t convinced Kalissa to learn to play yet.
Anyway…I had a great Christmas. Thanks so much to the many who sent cards my way. I got more cards and surprise boxes than I have even gotten from blog readers. Seriously, your thoughtfulness helped me have a really good Christmas. Thanks so much…and a huge shout out to the family. We made it through our first Christmas and I think we did okay.