I got sick before Thanksgiving, and I'm still not completely over whatever it was that hit me. Despite the fact that I had my yearly flu shot, I got some sort of virus that laid me low for weeks. I ended up with an ear infection and sinus infection. I tried not to let the bug that bit me slow me down much. I also tried to not pass it on to others. For this reason, and because we were so busy, I took a blogging break from Thanksgiving until after Christmas. Now, I'd like to catch you all up on some really old news: Christmas!
Mid-December, I was really on the party circuit. We had so many fun gatherings with friends new and old, that I was glad that I took a break from blogging so that I could, despite being sick a lot of the time, enjoy the wonderful parties that we had the pleasure of attending. Of course, one of the highlights of the season is always our high school girl friend party. This year, we again laughed and ate and laughed and joked and shed a few tears as we shared updates about what we had been up to since we last met in September. We may have met more than 50 years ago, but we are still girls at heart, and "girls just want to have fun." I love these girls and am so blessed by our friendships. Here is our 2013 Christmas picture. Aren't they all lovely ladies? They are all among my great treasures in life.
|Hannah and Mason
|The older kids...
|The younger kids...
Olivia, Avin, Rachel, Daphne, and Trista all gave me their best smiles.
It's smiles all around. Caleb, Darby, Greg, and Daphne await the gift exchange.
Brad and Thia check out a gift.
Grandpa Jim loves Christmas. He really does. I think the kids all like the contents of the envelope he gave them too. They all got something green and it fits in an envelope.
At the end of the day, Jim and I were pretty tired when everyone left. He has a saying about when the kids and the grandkids visit. "I love to see the headlights, but the tail lights are even better." We say this because our energy is not like it used to be, but we also can hardly wait for the next visit.
Jim went directly to his chair and used his new Christmas gift from me: an electric throw blanket. This blanket is pure evil because if you dare to sit in a comfy chair and turn the blanket on during a cold evening, I guarantee you that you will not want to get up and do another thing! He loves his new blanket.