Above all our wonderful family traditions of the season,
above the fun and food and festivity of the holiday,
may you all know the peace, love, joy, and hope
of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
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Kim and Doug made sure we were well fed, and the Thanksgiving table was just beautiful! The three grandkids kept us entertained and feeling quite loved with all the hugs and cooing and smiles and such. Will is a very energetic 19-month-old little boy who just wanted to be with everyone and be into everything. It was so much fun to have him come wake us up each morning. Gabriella is much bigger than most 5-month-old babies -- and so cute -- and she just loved all the attention. And Baby Ruth, being the youngest, was of course just spoiled by everyone and loved being held. Even at this age, the pics of Ruth and Ella together show the family resemblance.
Everyone enjoyed getting caught up with family, sharing some laughs, watching and playing some football (yes, some of us are getting older and suffered some minor injuries), eating much too much, talking about wedding plans with Mike and Mandy, starting Christmas early with family we won't see at the end of December, and celebrating Doug's birthday just a few days early. Greg even managed to let go of the keys so some of the family could take his sporty orange G6 coupe for a drive. Surprisingly, we managed to avoid the shopping craze and rush of the crowds. or maybe not so surprising with the little ones to take care of and the older ones sleeping in!
It was hard to say good-bye and head home, but we were all very blessed to have this time together. Now we're busy planning how we can visit the grandkids again soon before they grow up and change without us there to enjoy them!