Saturday, December 19, 2015

Season's Greetings

Thanksgiving was perfect - I just love it. Charlie's parents arrived that morning and we had a lovely afternoon all together catching up and exchanging some gifts. . Day after we all went to the tree farm and spent the day finding the perfect Christmas tree. Once we found it we were taken back to the farm on a horse drawn wagon where we warmed up sipping on hot cocoa and eating snacks afterward. We finished the evening with the kids decorating the tree and reminiscing about Christmas' past. It was a perfect day. Even Savannah got a small tree to decorate for her bedroom.

Savannah and her best friend being silly at the tree farm

Charlie and the boys cutting down the tree

In the house

Finished product - as usual Michael and Jake did a great job putting on the lights and Savannah and her friend put on the ornaments. And of course Daddy got the star on, and it gave him a little trouble, but all's well that ends well. 

His parents also spoiled us all with a night out Prime Quarter - this is a great place where you can choose your steak (or tuna) from the meat cooler and head right over to the grill to cook it yourself. We really enjoy the conversation around the grill and Savannah grilled her own as well.

Charlie has started a new job working for Trane Ingersoll Rand as a Controls BAS Technician  and is really enjoying his new role. There are many new adventures and adjustments for us all as he is training and learning the company.

Michael has moved from Utah and is Jake's new roommate. He started working at Elite Coatings with Jake and they are both so busy with overtime I don't know that they get much rest. He seems to be doing well and is adjusting to single life. Jake is really taking on a lot with helping Michael out during this time.

Savannah's getting good grades in middle school and they had their Winter Concert for orchestra and it was lovely, she had a solo and wanted to surprise us and that she did. We were able to meet the gentleman who gave her the violin - in fact to tell you the story when it was the first day of 6th grade in Middle school, Savannah thought she signed up for Choir - but the 2nd day they told her she was signed up for Orchestra. When she got home that night she had told me this and then to find out the crossing guard offered to give her his daughter's violin that same day when she got off the bus from school. What a blessing! Had he not offered her that we wouldn't have had the violin for her.

Walking off stage

Playing Classic Christmas Medley - the teacher allowed us parents to get up close and take photos of our kids

I think she was a happy but embarrassed when she saw me on stage

I am so proud of all my kids and am so grateful for such a blessed life God has given me. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!