Thursday, December 29, 2016

More Christmas Memories, 2016

Friday night, December 23, '16 we got together and had an easy meal that I like, pizza...
Those are Ryan, Laura and Ransom's people enjoying being together.
(Ransom was sleeping in the other room.)

Earlier that afternoon Ryan, Laura and Ransom flew in from Portland, OR...

While Ryan and Sam were getting the luggage, Laura got Ransom ready for his first Christmas...
There was a fellow passenger who was bragging to me about how well Ransom did on the flight.
She knew I would want to know.
I think she might have been a proud grandmother also.

And here is another proud grandmother...
Isn't Ryan's mom gorgeous?

And here is a proud great grandmother with that grandmother, with their precious bundle.
I think I have only beautiful people in my life.

Here are some more...
That's my dear son-in-law second from right with his parents and sister, and his dear wife on the left.
Oh, and his son Ransom is in the arms of Ransom's loving grandmother, who goes by Nana.
Ryan's brother Zach couldn't be with us, and we missed him!

On Christmas morning, we had Christmas breakfast, which my hubby always cooks/bakes/fries!
(Yes, I married well.)

We had eighteen present and hungry.

I didn't get very many pictures, as I was busy getting 'unhungry'.

Here are a few pics I took before and after...
That fella on the right is Chris Wilkins, who sat in for Zach.
He is a dear friend of Ryan and Laura's and now he is our family member.
(Chris couldn't go to his home for Christmas,; we were glad he could come to ours.)

You may also notice that we had some cinnamon rolls.
One box were Cinnabons and two boxes were Whataburger cinnamon rolls.
(I actually prefer the Whataburger ones.)
Ah, but those delicious cinnamon rolls were no match to Sam's scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits
and especially the sausage gravy.
Sam could win a sausage gravy competition.
Now here are some pictures after the meal was enjoyed...
Yes, Sam is cleaning the kitchen!!
I told you I married well.
'Course Sam told John, Will and Jerry that he could handle the mess, since we have a small kitchen now.

Those three got to talk about life.
(No one talked politics that day as there were many views present.)

Here are a few more candid pictures...

I'm going to (almost) close with a picture that I posted on my last blog-post.
I'm putting it up again in case you missed something important.
Did you see how little Liam is holding onto Andrew's pinky finger?
I love that so much.
They're good buds.

I will close this post with a picture I happened to see on Facebook,
missing when the actual picture was taken here on Christmas day...
That's my son and his family.
Are they not beautiful?!

I don't think I have anybody but beauties around me.
Yes, they are all easy on the eyes,
and wonderful in the heart!!

(Or sooner)

Sunday, December 25, 2016

There are no words for Christmas 2016...

... just pictures.

Well, there might be a few words. Yes, there are some captions.
(If you know me, you know I can't go speechless!)

That is Nana with her six great grandchildren!!

That's Nana (Mother Margaret) with her son-in-law in his faux Christmas attire (that is a long-sleeve t-shirt.)
(I love his outfit.)

That is beloved Ransom with his Nana Maxwell and Grammy Carmack.
We are his grandmothers!!!
(SUPER SPECIAL PEOPLE, if I do say so!!!)

And that's Ransom with his beautiful Aunt Victoria who loves him very much.

That's Ransom with his loving parents, Ryan and Laura.

That's Ransom with Elizabeth who could be called his 'aunt'.
Yeah, we'll call her Aunt Elizabeth.

That is Ransom with his cousin Nell.

That's Nell, Ransom and Liam doing some tummy time together.
(Those are my three grandchildren.)
(Tummy time sounds good, huh?)

Nana (Grandmother Margaret) has her own special time with her newest great grandchild, Ransom.

Well, this blog post is mainly about Ransom.
Well, he IS the newest family member!
(Did you know his name comes from the main character in C.S. Lewis' SPACE TRILOGY?)
(I think that is pretty wonderful.)

I could tell you more about our Christmas...
and how Sam and the men did Christmas breakfast.


And my heart is full.

I hope YOU had a good Christmas, too.

(Now I'm going to rest.)


Thursday, December 22, 2016

Ready or not...

Christmas is upon us!

I often get in a tizzy right about this time of year. An irrational tizzy.
Then hubby and I talk and I get settled down.

We had a good talk this morning.
I did settle down.

After all, perfectionists are NOT coming to our house - well, except for me (a recovering one), but I'm already here.

And who cares if the gifts I give aren't just right?
What gifts are ever just right???

Isn't that what we started learning as we were growing up?
Didn't Christmas get less magical every year?
Am I the only one who thinks that?
(That is not to berate my parents, they made it as magical and wonderful as possible...
I was just not magical and wonderful, the older I got.) (My inner critic started at an early age.)
Really. My twin pointed out to me one time that I was a negative person pretty much. She was speaking truth. (She pointed that out to me when we were about fourteen or fifteen.)
Her truth led to, well, it's a long story... but her truth eventually led to a wonderful relationship with my marvelous Counselor, Savior, Friend, God.

When I find myself getting back to being my critical self (towards others and myself) I try to catch myself and come back 'home'... to my Savior.
It is such a relief.
Such a profound relief.

And then I truly enjoy Christmas.

[I hope YOU don't get YOUR tinsel in a tangle, like I do sometimes.]

Here are some pictures that remind me of the important 'things'...


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Trivia Tuesday

 This will probably be my last trivia post for a while, well for sure my last Christmas trivia post!

Here we go...
Paul McCartney earns nearly half a million dollars every year from his Christmas song, “Wonderful Christmastime,” which many critics regard as his worst song ever.

The box of Barnum’s Animal Crackers was designed so it could be hung on a Christmas tree.

Some zoos accept donated Christmas trees as food for their animals.

The most popular Christmas song ever is We Wish You a Merry Christmas. The song can be traced back to England, but its author and composer remains unknown.


Santa Claus delivering presents comes from Holland’s celebration of St. Nicholas’ feast day on December 6. Children would leave shoes out the night before and, in the morning, would find little gifts that St. Nicholas would leave them.  


 In 1836 Alabama became the first state in the US to declare Christmas a legal holiday.  

Oklahoma became the last state to declare Christmas a legal holiday in 1907.
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    The Candy Cane is one of the most familiar symbols of Christmas. It dates back to 1670 in Europe but didn’t appear in the U.S. until the 1800s. The treat we see today, where the shape is Jesus’s hook to shepherd his lambs and the color and stripes hold significance for purity and Christ’s sacrifice, became common in the mid 1900s.

That's it!
Maybe you learned something?
I did!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Holiday Funnies....

Whether you've read these crazies before or not, I hope they bring a smile...

How does Santa know whether we've been bad or good? It's called Facebook.


What’s a good Christmas tip?
Never catch snowflakes with your tongue until all the birds have gone south for the winter.


How do you know that Santa is a man?
Answer: No woman wears the same attire every year.

What would you call an elf who just has won the lottery?
Answer: Welfy


Which elf was the best singer?
Answer: ELFis Presley.

What do elves sing to Santa?
Answer: Freeze a Jolly Good Fellow!


What carol is heard in the desert?

O camel ye faithful!

Why don't you ever see Father Christmas in hospital?
Because he has private elf care!


How did Mary and Joseph know that Jesus was 7lb 6oz when he was born?
They had a weigh in a manger!

A guy bought his wife a beautiful diamond ring for Christmas.
A friend of his said, "I thought she wanted one of those pretty 4-wheel drive vehicles?"
"She did," he replied, "But where in the world was I going to find a fake jeep!”

Everyone's heard of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer as the ninth reindeer, but many people don't know that there is a tenth one whose name was Olive.
"Olive the other reindeer, used to laugh and call him names..."

December is the month when the kids begin to discuss what to get Dad for Christmas. 
Some insist on a shirt.
Others insist on a pair of socks.
The argument always ends in a tie.

I hope some of that brought at least a smile.

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