Jennifer Lyon

Wednesday, December 27th, 2023
Holiday Roundup

I hope everyone who celebrates had a great Christmas, or just a great weekend.

We had a great time, except my youngest daughter in law got sick. I hate that for her. They had four parties back to back and ended up unable to go to any of them, and had to cancel another party at their house. I feel so bad for both of them.

Otherwise, we had a good holiday. We went to a big party at Wizard’s brother and sister-in-laws. We enjoyed that, but of course, it’s a bit hard with one brother so recently passed away. However his widow and daughter were there and that made everyone happier. I brought cookie plates as gifts. Here’s a picture of some of them, and a pic of most of the cookies and breads. Wizard posted this online BEFORE all the parties. I just shook my head when I realized what he’d done. So no one was surprised, LOL


2) The most fun for me was Christmas Eve when we went to Middle and his wife’s house. I finally saw their kitchen! I love it so much. I’m just so happy for them. It’s so perfect for their lifestyle, and they waited a long time to get it. As beautiful as it is, it’s also comfortable with a big center island and lots of barstools so people can gather without getting in the cook’s way. They really thought it out.

But the highlight of the night for Turbo was — seeing Santa Clause! So all credit goes to Turbo’s dad, CPA Boy, for arranging and buying everything, then springing it on Wizard so he couldn’t say no. So we got to Middle’s early, and once we knew Turbo and family had arrived, Wizard went into the other room to change into the Santa suit. He had garage access from that room, so he slipped out, came to the door and surprised the heck out of Turbo! Santa then asked everyone in the house what their name was and what they wanted for Christmas. When he asked Turbo, Santa announced that he had a gift for him in his bag, and pulled out a special surprise — a monster truck Turbo really wanted. (Again credit to Turbo’s dad for getting that too!)

Turbo carried that truck around the entire night. He told his dad he was so happy Santa came to see him! Turbo never recognized Grandpa, which did surprise us a little. We’d forgotten that when kids want to believe, they believe. And that’s the magic of childhood :-)

Wizard was so thrilled, and he has a very special memory along with Turbo. It was awesome.

When we opened gifts, we facetimed youngest and his wife so they could see Turbo opening their gifts.

Christmas day we stayed home, both wiped out. We had a nice day together. We also bugged the crap out of youngest son by calling to check on our daughter in law :-) Okay he didn’t really mind, he knows we care. He has a much milder cold-like version of the virus.

How was your holiday, or weekend?

2 comments to “Holiday Roundup”

  1. Silver James
    December 27th, 2023 at 8:07 am · Link

    Oh bah humbug on the the virus bug! Poor Youngest DiL. Hope she gets well soon! And bummer that they had to cancel so much but it’s her health that’s important! Yay for cookies and breads and parties and family and friends and holiday fun! And Turbo! And Grampa Santa! Sounds like you have a wonderful Christmas and I don’t blame you for taking it easy on Christmas Day!

    Our Christmas was very low key. This was the Kid’s first Christmas without Baseball Boy’s dad and there are some other family things going on that I hope resolve after the first of the year and life gets back on track. The good news is, my roll dough turned out FABULOUS! Not that I’m bragging. :lol: Took rolls to the neighbors and made rolls for our traditional Christmas Eve dinner of spaghetti and then a big pan of cinnamon rolls for breakfast at the Kids’ on Christmas Day. Stormy made out like a bandit. He got a scooter (NON-electric), some sort of soccer training thingy, and many, MANY books! And socks. Like a dozen pairs of really cool and silly socks. After presents, LG and I came home and I put the turkey breast in the oven, along with pecan and pumpkin pies. The Kids came over about 1:30 for turkey sandwiches and pie. We ate off paperplates, in the family room, watching football. It was laid back, easy clean-up–I even got Baseball Boy to laugh when I stepped on the pedal for the trash can and asked him to put the plates in my “new dishwasher.” They headed home soon after and LG and I literally crashed. He’s had some really bad nights lately and I was just tired. Getting 12-18 hours of sleep has amazing rejuvinating powers.

    Today is Wallyworld for groceries. Hopefully, the after-Xmas sale crowd will have thinned out. *crosses fingers* 🤞🏼 Happy Hump Day!

  2. Jenn
    December 27th, 2023 at 4:27 pm · Link

    Silver, thanks on all, especially DIL’s health. She is improving and that’s good news.

    Yay for a good Christmas for your clan! I didn’t doubt for a second your rolls would turn out fabulous! And yeah, it does take time to adjust and figure out how to live after a loved one has passed. I’m sorry for the “family things” going on. For us, it’s just getting everyone done since Wizard is dealing with his brother’s estate.

    I’m happy that Stormy is happy with his gifts! Maybe he wear his silly socks while reading his many books — just not while he’s riding his scooter!

    I think turkey sandwiches are a great way to do it. It’s has a traditional feel but so much easier to clean up. I’m all for relaxed and enjoyable.

    Hope LG is sleeping better, and you got through Wallyworld swiftly. Happy Wednesday!

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