A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Christmas Happenings

Best Christmas present this year?  Sam came home for Christmas!  His first Christmas home since 2016.

Least favorite December event?  Jack sprained his ankle.  Again.  He sprained the same ankle back in May. 

Miss Katie in her Christmas Eve pjs.  I pass out new jammies to all the kids sleeping here on Christmas Eve.  Makes for reasonably decent Christmas morning stocking pictures.

Feeling short and blessed.

Grumman got a new mouse for Christmas.  Last year, I got him a bird cat toy.  I left it on the cutting table in the sewing room, and come Christmas morning, I couldn't find it.  We searched and searched, and eventually found it under my bed.  Grumman had helped himself to his present a little early!  This year, to prevent that, I kept his Christmas mouse in the closed up tote with all the stuffed stockings.

Grumman's favorite toys are these specific mice that rattle.  Only he rips them up until the rattle fall out.  So I bought a bag of rattles, and Eli's been sewing them back into the mice.  We decided Christmas Mouse needed a rattle, too.  I think this was a good plan, because he loves Christmas Mouse.

I got a bike for Christmas.  Eli assembled it with the new tools he got for Christmas.  Win-win!

As we were celebrating, the neighbor brought over TWO mis-delivered Amazon parcels.  One was Brayden's gift from Buddy, a new Lego set.

I also got a Cricut (affiliate link).  Eli has been calling my gifts "your crikey and your trikey."  It's a little intimidating, but I've made a couple things so far.  I'm pretty excited about all that it can do.

Marines are sometimes referred to as "crayon eaters."  So Josiah made Sam a batch of chocolate crayons for Christmas. 

One of our favorite leftover traditions, Turkey Enchilada Casserole.  Sam specifically requested that we have this while he was home.  I made 2 9x13" pans of it, and Eli was disappointed that we didn't have more leftovers.

Eli and Miss Adorable doing day after Christmas at her house.

Eli tests out the assembled "trikey."

The annual faux gingerbread house making event.

I made a Crazy Cat Lady House this year.  And then broke a tooth a couple days later, snacking on the fence posts.  Sigh.

Eli's house sports a flag roof.

Katie's house had sprinkles for the path.  We ended up with like 5 jars of green sprinkles, so I may have encouraged their generous use this year.

Jack's creation.

Miss Adorable joined us this year.

Hannah's walls collapsed, but I like the China flag she has on the lawn.

Still enjoying Unstable Unicorns, a Christmas gift from Buddy last year.

I enjoyed a total of TWO rides on the new "trikey" before An Incident occurred.  We're off to take one of the wheels to the bike shop today.

I hope you and yours had a lovely holiday, and I wish you health and learning and blessings in the new year. 


  1. What a fun Christmas--minus the sprained ankle and trike incident! Here's wishing you continued joy in 2020!

    1. Actually, the repair ended up being a positive experience. The guy at the bike shop was really nice and super helpful. I got out of there with a better inner tube and a gently used tire for $30 bucks.