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December/Christmas recap

Jan
17

Here’s a very belated update!

While some of the others went to The Hanging of the Green back in December…
Maggie, Benjamin, and I stayed back at John-Clay and Sarah’s.
We watched Eric, did dishes, and watched a movie. : )
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Some of us have been able to volunteer
at a local place that serves a meal on week nights to those in need. 20161207_184545-2

We had the Clay Christmas on the 17th.
Lot’s of food, family, little great-grands, presents, fun, and games!IMG_2219IMG_2223

Granny always gathers the little kids and tells an interactive Christmas story.
We’ve all had our turn as the kids gathered around Granny. : )
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We sang some Christmas carols.
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The kids did a gift exchange. Then we do a great big White Elephant bash…
…which we didn’t get any pictures of. :/
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Each year Granny blesses each of us with a gift. : ) She gets a few in return.
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We played a fun group game. The gist is to unwrap as much saran wrapped candy as you can before the next person rolls doubles! It was a hit. There was candy everywhere. It was an intense several minutes. : )IMG_2268IMG_2266

And of course good ‘ole 42 is always played.
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Everyone was here for our family Christmas again this year! We so easily take it for granted! We celebrated the Friday and Saturday before Christmas.
The theme was “Chalkboard”.
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Lots of prep goes into getting our “tea” ready. Basically it’s an appetizer night. : )
With it being a chalkboard theme…Maggie and I got put to work writing lots of 
chalk things (the Peace, Love, and Joy was pre-made). 
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John-Clay bought himself an early Christmas present…A Lego Christmas train
that goes around on a track. Some people have a little obsession with Lego
around here…although I have to admit, it was pretty cool! The nephews were
pretty enthralled with it too.
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Maggie is the wonderful-official-shrimp-fryer.
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Look at what was at this little guy’s eye level when he walked in the door. : D
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Is that a little too much temptation for you Evan?
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Mom is so creative! She did great on the decorations.
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Nephews are the best.
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And yes, there is an extra someone in the picture above…
…more on that some other time. : )

The food is always so fun and scrumptious. So much work goes into it.
It’s worth it though, ‘cause you get to eat on it all weekend. : )
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Each year we each draw a sibling’s (and in-laws) name. And give them a present at Christmas. Who you have is suppose to be kept a secret…but more often than not there’s some hashing out ideas, or something going on.
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It’s fun to see the gifts and thought behind them.
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Games, games, and more games.
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Dad got called in to work Saturday morning.
So we held off on the presents and such till he got back. We played games…IMG_2430

…and just hung out. : )
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Once Dad got back, we did our normal Christmas. Dad shared, we sang some
Christmas hymns…it’s so much fun to all sing together. 
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Then presents…
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Since we were home…a car load of us were able to sing and pass out cards
at a couple of nursing homes on Christmas afternoon!
It was a treat to be able to share the joy of Christ’s birth with them…
especially fun ON Christmas. Their smiles made our day!IMG_2280

“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS:
for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21

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Family pictures 2016

Jan
07

Hey y’all! We updated our “Meet The Family” page.  Go on over and check it out. : )

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