With fourteen people under one roof, a week long celebration planned, & dubious weather reports from CO the possibility of a Christmas disaster was looming. HOWEVER, never one to underestimate the power of a Christmas miracle, this family forged ahead.
The weather cooperated, no flu bugs jumped on anyone, four blow-up beds were added to the decor and here it is the Monday after Christmas and I am one happy Grandma. Andy, Jamie and their five very active kiddos drove 13 1/2 hours from Durango, CO....Philip, Nancy and their three drove 4 hours from Dallas. I realize and am thankful for the sacrifices they made to "come home" for Christmas this year. When all those children are grown their parents will then realize the feeling of "wholeness" that can only come from having all the chicks in the henhouse at the same time. Having my grown children's feet under my kitchen table is a joy to behold.
It was the best celebration ever for me! I have enough pictures and stories to keep this blog running for a long time, perhaps even a book is in the making! We partied hardy. Events included bowling, go-kart racing, a Jingle Bell band, much eating, serious games of chicken foot, Christmas cookies, Nerf gun battles, gifts, Christmas light tour, and more eating! There was action every minute!
Interacting with the grandkids was so much fun. I'll spend days listing the one-liners that I overheard. The mental images of them playing are seared into my brain matter.
This picture reminds me of one not so pleasant incident.
Gabby, age 3, LOVES her froggie jammies. They are fuzzy and footed and zippered, the kind every pre-schooler knows well.
At one point in the week we all heard her death scream coming from the guest bathroom. She's a big girl, you know, and can "do it myself" when nature calls. Hays was the first to reach the scene. Gabby tearfully related her dismay. She'd caught her little "outie" belly button in the zipper of her froggie jammies! Evidently sometimes the lessons of life must be experienced to fully grasp.
Gabby learned that zippers can be dangerous!
The rest of us learned that sacrifices made to make family times happen are well worth the effort. Memories are priceless!