Two of my sons are on the road right now, traveling up north from VA. Son #3 is set to arrive within the hour, with his wife Preciosa and almost-three-month-old son G-Man; so is son #4 and his wife Braveheart, with their canine "babies" Allie and Finny. A few hours after my two Charlottesville boys get here, my husband will be returning from his last trip until after the New Year (woot woot!), and he will meet our baby (a college senior who's flying in from Notre Dame) at the airport in Boston, then they'll drive home together.
Tomorrow, our firstborn, his wife of five years Regina, and their three adorable daughters will join the party. And the day after that, #2 son and Ginger (the newlyweds!) will round out the crew.
To say that I'm looking forward to Christmas this year is the understatement of the century.
I have been baking, wrapping presents, cleaning, and arranging all the rooms so that everyone has a bed. (Except my baby, who will be sleeping on a couch--which he will have no trouble doing, since he's been blessed with the ability to sleep anywhere, anytime, with lights, noise, etc. This is a handy skill that he and his brothers inherited from their Mom's side of the family tree.)
I'm on my way out to the grocery store, to get a few key items that we won't be able to do without around here once the gang has fully descended upon us. So I'll just leave you with a few pictures that tell the story of my recent activities (which have not included blogging, you might have noticed!).
The Nativity is set up in its place of honor in the dining room...
I've added length to our already quite long dining room table, by putting a round drop-leave table at the end, with one side down. We should be able to squeeze 14 people around it now! (G-Man gets a lap--mine, if I have anything to say about it!)
The tree is lit!
|Family game night, anyone?|
|The fridge has magnets on it, for the wee animal lovers who|
will arrive tomorrow!
|This hand-crafted rocking horse, which we bought|
from a FL neighbor for their father--about 30 years ago--
is still in great condition!
|The high chair we bought for their dad is still in remarkably good shape,|
too. (There's a crack in the tray, but Grammy took care of that.)
|A got a new, very sturdy, version of "The Night Before Christmas,"|
and I think we'll start a new tradition this year, and have Papa read it
aloud to the kids on Christmas Eve.
|It's Ralphie's house and school from the movie "A Christmas Story," |
and the bridge from the movie "It's a Wonderful Life. "