We went to our usual 10:00 a.m. church service and afterwards, my mom and I traveled to her mom's town. About 4 hours away. Of course it was different with my dad not being there, but it was nice to have a change of pace and to see aunts and uncles and cousins. And of course, my grandma!
We finally finished ordering and thumbing through a gazillion photographs enough to create my grandma two albums - one for my brother's wedding 2 years ago (yeah, we were seriously behind) and the other for her 80th birthday celebration.
My gift to her was a framed set of black and white photographs of the different generations: (1)Grandma and all her kids and (2) Half of the grandkids and 1 great-grand. I wish everyone could have been there, but that's very difficult to make happen.
After a tasty meal (can you believe I didn't take photos?), I started feeling sleepy around 6:30. I decided to take a nap, which I never do, and guess what? I woke up 8:00 a.m. the next day!!!! My grandma has those shades that filter light and apparently I was exhausted.
Then, the following day, we made visits to other family still in my mom's hometown. At one uncle's house, I took great pleasure in looking at his old photo albums. And guess what I discovered? Photos of my family from waaayy back in the day. I took a photo with my cell phone, but on my next visit, I plan to bring my scanner and get copies of all these memories that none of the rest of us have seen.
|So that's me to the right, hiding behind a plate of food. I was very picture shy in those days.|
|And this is my brother on the right. Not so shy.|
Other Christmas Things and Acts of Kindness
So, for some reason, I like to open my gifts when I'm feeling a certain way. Sometimes I have a gift sitting before me for days before I'm ready to open it. The kids at school gave me some gifts which I finally opened yesterday, so I wanted to share them with you.
|crocheted dish cloths, potholder, and dish detergent cover; plus a reindeer cover for Kleenex|
|sweets, a jumbo eraser, lipgloss, and a Christmas mug|
|and this was an additional gift - a piece of pottery made by my aunt (it's a spoon rest)|
And guess what? The director of speech pathology is teaching me how to successfully swallow pills. So far, I've been able to swallow 3. He told me next time I visit I have to report to him. lol
There's much more to share, but that's enough for now.
Happy New Year's Eve,