December 26, 2010


Thank you everyone for Christmas greetings!
I hope your Christmas was as special for you as ours was for us.

At the moment I am watching the weather forecast.  Snow.  The snow that caused so much trouble in parts of this country and in Europe is finally supposed to hit us.
I pulled up the forecast for the flights here in the next hour, since the Matthew and Jessica family wants to visit family in St. Louis, MO, and I wanted to see if they would make it out.

On Christmas Eve I slowly got ready and piled all my presents in the car and drove to visit Evan and Jackson and parents.  We had a great afternoon together.  I made a buche Noel (turned out great), while Nicole put together a red velvet cake, both for desert the next day.

Then off I went to Matthew and Jessica's house to spend Christmas Eve with them, have sloppy joes, the sandwiches, and then it was off to the children's services at church.  We sang Christmas songs, watched the children's play, and went home.
We also stopped at a very decorated Christmas house:
Jessica with Santa, who was dancing at the moment.
Matthew with the also dancing snoman

I spent the night, and Matthew, the early riser, got us up a little after 6 AM.  We slowly opened presents and had great fun watching everyone opening their gifts and being delighted.
Clean-up and try-outs of some of the presents followed, and Jessica and I went for a long walk with her new doll carriage in the park near-by where we discussed all kinds of things.

Jackson and Evan came with parents and their other grandma, and Jim got his mother, and more presents!
We had a wonderful roast beef dinner with mashed potatoes, broccoli, kohlrabi, and bean salad, more chatting, more baby-holding, more photographs, more laughing, more present-tryouts, and before you knew it, it was time to go home.
I talked with my soon-to-be 94-year-old father-in-law, and chatted with Chuck who was on his way home from their Christmas with Noah and Sue.  I will see them later this week.

Oh, yeah, the snow --- blizzard expected today.  No heavy snow-fall, no, we'll be getting a blizzard.  Oh, well.


  1. Sounds like you had such a FUN Christmas with your family. Makes me smile :)

    Stay warm Ruth....


  2. Wow, ein abwechslungsreiches Weihnachtsfest.
    Mit Geschenken, die Freude machten, mit leckerem Essen, vielen schönen Gesprächen, Kirchenbesuch incl. Krippenspiel.

    Ein rundum schönes Weihnachtsfest und Schnee habt ihr nun endlich auch.
    Unsere Autobahnen waren frei, so konnten wir gut zur Tochter kommen, in Nierstein, südlich von Mainz.