Thursday, December 29, 2011

Family Christmas

Stix n Brix
Clayton, NC

We’ve been here for a couple of days wrapping things up so that the closing will go smoothly next week, but I just had to post a few shots from Christmas with the family.  We left Huntington Beach real early Friday morning so that we could get Wanda set up in Mom’s driveway in Roanoke Rapids and help her with some Christmas preparations.  We went to Rocky Mount on Saturday for a Christmas Eve dinner with Gin’s parents.  We ate too much but it was so good.  Back to Mom’s and Christmas Day with her.  The rest of my family came in Sunday evening for dinner.  Once again, we ate too much.
Christmas 2011  Marie, (Mom)Becca, and Ella Christmas 2011

After dinner, we gathered around the tree while my great niece Xani played Xani Claus and handed out gifts to everyone.  She did a real good job with the names.
Xani Claus!!  Ella studies her present

It was nice weather so we could get some fresh air.  Since it was a little crowded, my sister Virginia and BiL David spent the night with us in the MH.  It sure was convenient and we were glad to have them.
(Granny) Virginia and Xani Christmas 2011  Christmas 2011

This year we received the best gift ever from my niece Marie.  Along with being a microbiologist, she is an artist along with her husband Shannon who live in Asheville.  She works with different mediums.  This year she made graphic magnets.  Ours was a perfect life-sized rendition of Smudge which she based upon a picture from my tribute post.  We were so touched that we all cried.  It will stick to the fridge in the new MH nicely.  I’ll get shots of that in a few weeks hopefully.

Thanks for dropping by, and enjoy each day of your life’s journey by finding beauty in the ordinary.


Gail and Rick (Gypsy Turtles) said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas at both places and did the requisite "eating too much". It just seems to go with the holidays, doesn't it?
Looking forward to seeing Smudge's tribute.
Time is drawing closer :)

Nancy and Bill said...

Making memories with the family is the perfect way to spend Christmas!!

Making memories with friends is the perfect way to start the New Year!!

See you soon ;o))

Jim and Linda said...

Glad to hear you had a good Christmas. Now, have a safe and Happy New Year!!!!

Jim and Linda

Catherine, Jo Beth and Grace said...

Looks like a great Christmas. What a sweet gift. It will be good to have Smudge with you in the MH.

Sherry said...

Sounds like nice days with your families. And only a week until the closing if I remember right. Here's hoping everything goes smoothly and you are houseless with ease.

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

Ah, yes, the old Christmas shuttle. But it is worth it all.

Loved the pictures of the kids, they looked like they were having a ball.

Isn't it great to be able to take your home with you (and moochdocking in a relatives driveway is a great plus)?

Now that the fun is all over, you can concentrate on finding that great new motor home. Have fun in the hunt! :c)

Dan and Tricia said...

Sounds like you guys had a nice holiday! Good luck with the closing and can't wait to see the tribute magnet to Smudge!

Travelwithwhippets said...

Sounds like you had a good holiday. Won't it be great to put the house closing in the past? Such a relief. Our house sale was a little contentious (a very difficult buyer) so we did not believe it was over until it was over.