Christmas 2016 was really VERY good. Everyone was well, and our celebrations while not spent ALL together were good. Early on Christmas Eve morning hubby and I headed down to San Diego to spend the entire day and night with our youngest son James and his family. We stopped for a yummy breakfast and arrived at their house by about 10:30. We spent the entire day enjoying GREAT food, opening gifts, playing with grandkids, watching Christmas movies while relaxing, and lots and lots of wonderful conversation, Everything about it was perfect honestly. From the chilly weather (not always a given by any means here in So. California) to the tasty food (that I didn't have to prepare...just sat back and enjoyed) and of course just time spent with loved ones. We went to a nearby 5 star hotel to sleep and then after a wonderous buffet breakfast at the hotel, met them all at church the next morning for their Christmas morning service. That too was wonderful. It was kind of a packed house, but that's OK. Many voices raised in worship in the celebration of our Lord's birthday is honestly pretty hard to beat. My son kept the message short and we ended with even more singing.
|WE STARTED WITH 12 YEAR OLD CAPRI'S BIRTHDAY PRESENTS!|
|SHE SEEMED TO LOVE THE OUTFIT I MADE HER, AND HER MAMA AND I WERE SURE GLAD WE HAVE FOUND A PATTERN FOR A TOP THAT SHE LIKES AND FIT HER WELL! I see lots more outfits like this one in the future, lol|
|CUTE PIC BEFORE WE OPENED THE REST...10 YEAR OLD JD JUST CAN'T SEEM TO HELP HIMSELF....FULL OF MISCHIEF AND FUN. BUT HONESTLY, DON'T KNOW IF I'VE EVER SEEN A BETTER BIG BROTHER. HE IS SOO SWEET WITH 3 YEAR OLD VINNY|
|JOINT GIFT THIS YEAR FOR THE 3 OLDER ONES....X-BOX S ONE THEY ALL SEEMED TO REALLY ENJOY IT!|
|THESE TWO PLAY TOGETHER SOOO WELL ON IT, AND TELLA PREFERRED TO SPEND HER TIME ON THERE DANCING, LOL|
|VINNY LOVED HIS NEW MONSTER JAMMIES I MADE HIM.|
|IT WAS RAINING WHEN WE LEFT THERE THAT NIGHT BUT I JUST HAD TO SNAP THIS PIC OF THEIR DECORATED HOUSE, LOL. JAMES DOES IT UP BIG LIKE HIS DAD STILL DOES! LOL|
|OLDEST OF ALL OF OUR GRANDCHILDREN, EVAN AND THEIR DOGS.|
|JEFFIE HAD SOME SPECIAL SHOES PICKED OUT HES BEEN WANTING, SO GRANDPA AND I WERE HAPPY TO OBLIGE|
|JOE'S KIDS AND FIRST GRANDCHILD|
|THEIR WHOLE FAMILY plus Malik, lol, AND EVANS GIRLFRIEND K|
|ALL OF US! MY MIDDLE SON AND HIS WIFE ARE RIGHT BY ME....ANNABEL'S HUBBY WAS TAKING THE PICS FOR US ALL!|
|OUR HOUSE AS WE PULLED IN LATE CHRISTMAS NIGHT|
.We of course really missed Melody and her family. It remains a challenge for me to not complain when she is missing from our celebrations. It is hard. But I've no doubt it is even harder for her as she is away from EVERYONE. She did send us several little videos of the kids with their gifts which I of course treasured, by I just have to share this one with you. It is SOOOO adorable of little Luke. I do have to share what's going on with him though as well. Several months ago he began losing his hair and was diagnosed with Alopecia Areata which is for those of you who don't know, an auto immune disease that attacks hair follicles. Most of those who suffer from this condition do not lose ALL of their hair, but rather just patches and thinning here and there. And most are older then two year old Luke was when this started up. But Luke has lost all of his hair now, (and STILL looks adorable in this grandma's humble opinion) and truthfully Melody, like any mama, has had a hard time with it all, She has clung to her God, and is doing amazing well now. His hair could grow back in within a few months, or it might never grow back again at all. There is no way of predicting what it might be, as it seems to be different for everyone. It does seem fairly likely though that Luke will deal with this condition the rest of his life.
|MELODY AND HER BABIES....JUST LOOK AT THAT SWEET LITTLE FACE ON LUKE....IS HE NOT ADORABLE HAIR OR NO HAIR?|