It was a very Merry Christmas at Mom and Dad’s place. Daddy is never happier than when he’s surrounded by his family, and, except for my son-in-law, they were all there.
We ate, we laughed, we played games, and we all were entertained by sugar plum. She’s our only little one for the moment, and what a blast we had with her this year.
As for food, it doesn’t get any better. Mother may not have the most modern stove (it’s harvest gold, if that tells you anything), but the dishes it has cranked out through the years could win blue ribbons.
Speaking of modern, everything about my parents’ home could use a major upgrade, but the memories that have been made in and around that house, over the last four decades, are priceless.
Here are a few of my favorite images.
Christmas Eve, Mom and Dad exchanging gifts.
Christmas Day, three sisters and a niece strike a pose.
One sugar plum to steal your heart.
Family gathered around Daddy. This is the chair where he spends most of his days now, except for when he's having a rehab session, or eating, or playing Dominoes. He is so anxious to walk again. We pray for that end.
Sugar plum opening her gift from my sweet daughter.
A Minnie Mouse kitchen. (She's in love with all things Minnie Mouse.)
Her nana and papa got her this adorable stroller and doll.
Three sisters had one daughter each. They're all classic beauties ~ the cousins.
Taking a few photos outdoors is a yearly tradition. This is sugar plum with her nana (my big sis) and papa.
Thankfully, the rainstorm came through the night before, instead of Christmas Day. Water was standing everywhere, but we were grateful for sunshine. This is a favorite shot of sugar plum with her papa.
Sugar plum loved running with The Man.
She calls him Unctan (her version of Uncle Stan.)
I think it's clear who's pulling who here.
The Man and I with our beautiful daughter. She's just as beautiful inside as she is outside, if I may say so.
Me and my gorgeous niece, Leslie. She is the daughter of my twin sister and I love her dearly.
Sugar plum took turns being passed around.
Twin sis and her lovely daughter.
As the afternoon wound down, we had a little fun decorating sugar plum's head with ribbon and ornaments.
She was all in.
As was my niece, who actually started the whole bow-on-the-head tradition many years ago. It's just not Christmas until she's had a bow on her head.
There was a changing of the guard this morning. Big sis will stay a few days with Mom and Dad, which means The Man and I are home for a short while, enjoying wrapping ourselves in the familiar, yet finding it oddly new again.
That's it from here for now. Until next time, I trust you all had a wonderful Christmas, surrounded by the people you love.