This is our first Christmas to be back in Texas since 2008. We moved to Illinois in February 2009, so we were there (in Illinois) for the last 3 years…..it was nice to be back close to family….
On Sunday we went to Waco to see my parents….
We saw “The Grinch” while were there!!!
“Santa” still comes to my mom’s house to visit. But, since we were going to be there a day early, “Santa” had to come to her house on Christmas EVE morning, not Christmas Day. We even heard his sleigh bells “ringing” down the hall on Christmas Eve morning…..(my mom was ringing them to get us up)!!
My dad does the crossword puzzle everyday, and Christmas Eve was no different!
I asked my mom to take our picture. She said, “That’s fine, but do a different pose. You are always standing right beside him. Do something different this time.”
So we did.
And now, my parents.
We ate a semi-late breakfast (around 9:00) so we all got cleaned up and then opened presents before lunch.
On Christmas Eve EVE my dad, Paul, and I all went to the mall to go shopping. Dad wanted to buy my mom a new pajama set. He bought some at JCP’s. As we were leaving he said, “Oh shoot, I should’ve gotten a box; we don’t have any.”
So, when we got home, Dad took the cereal out of the box and used the box as a wrapping box. When mom was finished opening her present, dad took it back and put it back in the pantry with the cereal inside!!
After having lunch with my parents and hanging out for awhile, we drove over to Hamilton to see Paul’s parents and Susan.
We drove over to “Uncle” Jake and “Aunt” Dorothy’s for Christmas Eve dinner. (Actually Jake and Dorothy’s is a cafe in Stephenville that we try to go to everytime we are in Hamilton). It’s a family favorite!
When we got home, Mike gave us our Christmas present. It is a “new to us” Keurig machine!! It was a Goodwill find for Mike. He tested it out all week, and it works great! So, we now have a Keurig!!
Christmas morning we were supposed to drive over to Graham, northwest of Ft. Worth. Well, the weather was calling for sleet, ice, and rain with temperatures dropping in the 20’s all day long. So, we decided not to go….we just spent the day in Hamilton. It was nice; I enjoyed it!!
We got a new game from my parents called The Logos Game. It’s a really fun game; we played it twice while we were in Hamilton!
David, Paul’s brother, brought “a friend” with him to Christmas this year. Her name is Chris. It was the first time anybody had ever heard anything about her or had ever met her…..she was nice. I think she fit in pretty well with Paul’s family.
And, here’s David’s attempt at a smile!
We left Hamilton about 4:00 and stopped in Temple on the way home for dinner. We ate at Applebee’s. It was crazy, crowded!!! Good, but crowded!!
We got home (back to Giddings) about 8:00….
We had a very Merry Christmas!!