December 2013 – Month 12
I forgot to add this one photo from our Thanksgiving meal at my mom’s. I have no idea what Henry is so excited about, it was very difficult for Jack to get all the boys looking at the same time. We are missing the two oldest grandsons in this photo.
A couple of us got sick in early December. Charlie came home sick from school one day and the next day he wasn’t 100%, so he stayed home, slept in, made four snowmen in our yard and shoveled the steps for me.
When Nola Mae was sick she walked into the boys’ room, laid down and fell asleep for a couple of hours. When Robbie and Henry came home from school they saw her like this and knew this was a very unusual sleeping spot for Nola Mae.
She was back to her old self again the next day, coloring on her legs with markers and getting into everything.
I went back to my mom’s for our cousin’s cancer benefit. All of my siblings were there. Kayla and Becca worked on Christmas candies.
My oldest nephew, Devin, came along and Nola Mae warmed up to him very quickly. He has always been wonderful with little kids, since most of his childhood, Emily had an in-home daycare.
Nola Mae missed Henry. My mom has an answering machine message saved on her machine from Henry. Nola Mae listened to it often.
I am in search of the recipe for this Chocolate Peanut Butter cookie. Anyone know this recipe?
Santa came to Henry’s school for the parent outreach activity. He told Santa he wanted a robot.
We traveled to my Mom’s for Christmas. We also celebrated my triplet sisters’ birthday. All three are intelligent, kind, loving, hardworking and beautiful inside and outside!
I decorated this rainbow cake for them.
I built a fort for the little ones to play in.
We introduced my nephew to skiing. He was a natural!
Robbie loves Grandma Hanna’s raspberry jello. Granny made it for our Christmas dinner and Robbie got to clean the bowl.
For the last few years my siblings haven’t exchanged Christmas gifts. This year I suggested we do an ornament exchange. They could be homemade or bought and we needed 7 ornaments (one for each sibling, mom and self). All my siblings participated and made their ornaments for the exchange. I think they all had fun and I hope that we can do it again next year.
A long and late drive home.
Our Christmas Day family photo. (Notice the size of the tree behind Jack.)
I was looking for photos of Java and found this family photo, taken in early January 2004. We are standing where our wooden fence is now. Same tree behind Jack.
Nola Mae has her own cape.
All of our kids got a wooden vehicle for their 2nd Christmas from Papa.
Jack’s homemade Quarto game.
I was in the kitchen cleaning and noticed it was quiet. I grabbed the camera and found all these kids playing nicely and quietly.
Santa found this brand new snowboard for Henry at St. Vinnie’s.
The older boys got a bigger snowboard to share from Santa.
The boys were outside playing and I was upstairs at the computer and heard this conversation:
Charlie: Do you think Santa really watches us?
Charlie: He knew our snow board broke. He knew we loved it. And then he gave us a new one.
Robbie: I know.
Charlie: Yeah, he is totally real!
Our family went skiing the day after Christmas.
My dog, Java, who was almost 12 years old started looking pretty old this past year. She died on January 30th. I posted a “This Moment” post with a photo of our first two dogs who are both gone now.
This is Robbie when he was a baby.
It will be a long time until I have another dog that I will love as much as I loved those two dogs.
On a happier note, the rest of my December…
A cold morning at breakfast.
My sewing projects this month:
Upcylcled elephants for a friend that is having a baby this winter, made from table cloths from her wedding. I am planning on making her a ring sling from one of those table cloths.
I made these two child size Mei Tai for a friend.
I made these two sweater owls for my youngest nephews for Christmas, upcylced from wool sweaters.
I also made one for each of our kids.
One of the best gifts anyone can give me is time in my sewing room. Jack and the kids stayed busy upstairs, eventually Nola Mae found her way down to the sewing room and sat nicely on my lap while I sewed the binding on the denim Rail Fence quilt that I made for Jack many years ago.
I label all my quilts and when this quilt was close to being finished I anticipated finishing it in 2005. In case you don’t remember in 2002 we had no kids, just two dogs. Robbie came in 2003 and in the summer of 2005 we moved to the garage, gutted our old farm-house for remodeling, lived in the garage and Charlie was born two months before the house was finished. This quilt got worked on off and on over the years. My mom inspired me to finish this one. She has made some very beautiful quilts over the last few years and I felt like I needed to finish this one before starting any big projects.