We have been enjoying our Christmas vacation very much and have a had a variety of experiences to savor. The week before Christmas the Michigan delegation was here and we thoroughly enjoyed spending time with them as well as our local family members. It's always great fun to have our grandson come to visit and this trip was no exception.
Here are Megan and Jim at Topher's house one evening for dinner:
Here is a picture of Drew wearing one of his favorite Christmas gifts -- Buzz Light Year Wings (from the movie Toy Story):
The Tuesday before Christmas was especially exciting as DD Nora and her fiancé, Topher (short for Christopher) became officially engaged! Her diamond is beautiful and we have begun working on things for the wedding which is planned for the beginning of April.
Here's the happy couple:
We attended a lovely Christmas Eve service at our church. It is always a blessing to sit and relax and think about the true reason for the season and to contemplate Christ's sacrifice in coming to earth and all He suffered here for our behalf.
We shared Christmas dinner with some good friends and then spent some time visiting with Mark and Katie and saw their newly painted and partially decorated nursery. (No pictures yet.) They were anxious to get things set up and ready since this will be their last vacation until the baby arrives in April. As we were driving out to Mark and Katie's it started to snow. We accumulated about 2 1/2" and it was very beautiful. The news said this was the first white Christmas here in Greenville since 1963 and only the fourth in the last century.
Mark and Katie at Topher's:
We have been working on a few projects around the house this week. Rob stripped the wallpaper from our bathroom and then painted it. I still need to make a window curtain (I'm looking for some white ball fringe for it) and add a few new accessories. The new color is so much brighter and more cheerful.
Old bathroom look -- don't blame me, it was this way when we moved in!
New bathroom look:
We've also done a little shopping, cleaning, trying new recipes, etc. It's been a fun and restful change from our usual pace during the school year.
I hope you all had a wonderfully blessed Christmas and will get to have some relaxing days here at the end of the year.
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