beautiful embroidery by my friend, Janice
I love this picture of the four of us.
We always take pictures after the service. Remember--Gabe is in his silly picture phase.
More funny faces from Gabe.
Book pillows for Gabe, Ella, Ruby and Amelia.
For Christmas Day, we chose to have a red and green theme for dinner and snacks.
Anyway, Gabe's and Ella's presents were underneath the musical Santa.
I momentarily felt a bit sorry for Levi and Charlotte. Mark and I had gotten Levi and Charlotte an Xbox for Christmas. They only come with one controller. What's up with that anyway? We purchased a second controller and that is what we wrapped up. They opened it up and excitedly looked around for the Xbox. Mark said, "Hey, we've been waiting all evening for you to tell us all about your new Xbox." Levi said, "We didn't get an Xbox."
We had set this up ahead of time with Aaron, so Mark looked at him and said, "I thought you were getting them an Xbox." He said, "No, I thought YOU were getting them an Xbox." In the meantime, Levi was looking totally crestfallen, but trying to be polite and thank us for the one controller. We told him, "Well, at least you will have your OWN controller when you play Xbox somewhere else." Levi dejectedly said, "Yeah. Thanks...Gramps and Grandma."
Then Mark said, "Levi and Charlotte, there is a Lands End box in the garage. We might have ordered a few extra things for you." I know Levi was thinking, "Yay. Sweatshirts and more pajamas." But he carefully opened it up. And I snapped this picture. They were both SO excited.
These are the last roses of the year. Unbelievable--roses at the end of December!
We ended 2017 by having our annual dinner with friends at a local Chinese restaurant and then picking up Gabe and Ella for the night, as the rest of the family spent the night with friends as they do every year.
At around 10 p.m. we broke open some glow sticks and banged some pots and pans.