So, Christmas is officially over, isn’t it? The Christmas Eve service was beautiful. The Christmas Day service was beautiful, too. Chip played his trumpet—did ok on one song and great on the other. We were really proud, and his Nana had tears in her eyes. Awww… Chip and Parker got up at 2:30 on Christmas morning. Yes, really. No, we didn’t send them back to bed. It wasn’t entirely their fault that they were up—dogs were making noise, so maybe that stirred them. Anyway, Parker was thrilled to get a laptop, and Chip was happy with many new pairs of jeans. His trumpet from his birthday served as a birthday/Christmas present, so he knew not to expect a BIG gift. It was a really pleasant morning. We went back to bed and got back up around 6:30, I think. It seemed like a long day. My brother and sister-in-law and their kids (aka “the cousins”) came up on Monday, and we had a great visit.
My beautiful mother…”Nana”
My “Photo-Happy” Boys…not!
Chelsey with the bracelet and scarf Chip gave her.
Chip telling me that I could only take one picture of Chelsey and Him…
hence, there is no picture of him with the handsome watch Chelsey
Nana with all of the boys!
My mommy and me!
Awww, my sweetheart!
The Cousins—Allie is in the spotlight, where she belongs with all those boys!
So, New Year’s Eve is just around the corner. Rumor has it that we’re having a “Movie Night Party” to celebrate. I guess Chip will drive me to the store to get the supplies because, did I mention…CHIP HAS HIS PERMIT!!!!!
Joy is the will which labors, which overcomes obstacles, which knows triumph.~ William Butler Yeats
Whether you think you can or think you can’t you’re right. - Henry Ford
The best way out is always through. ~ Robert Frost
Real difficulties can be overcome, it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable. ~ Theodore N. Vail
Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall. ~ Oliver Goldsmith
You must be the change you want to see in the world. - Mahatma Gandhi