Monday, December 21, 2009

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

The Christmas Season has arrived. We normally start our activities on the weekend prior to Christmas. That is when we have our two oldest grand daughters, and their mothers, over to eat and exchange presents. Our oldest grand daughter, Emma, has a younger sister, Lily, that we have pretty much accepted as one of ours. The next grand daughter, Aurora, had her cousin, Tyler, join her this year. So, this past Saturday evening we had four beautiful little girls, all under the age of five, here. Here are all four posing with Grandpa and Grandma. From left to right are Lily, Aurora, Emma and Tyler.

Joanne and I have already exchanged gifts. She wanted a new trunk type chest to replace the cedar chest at the foot of the bed. The cedar chest was fine if we had stuff we needed to store for long periods but she likes to use it as an extension to the clothes chest. Everything that was put in there came out smelling like cedar and had to be laundered before it could be worn. I found what I thought she wanted but thought it best to have her approval before I bought it. So she got her present a couple of weeks ago.

When I was asked what I wanted for Christmas all I could come up with was another gun. We are blessed that we really don't have a need for anything and are able to live comfortably although probably a bit conservative. I have several hand guns that I enjoy taking to the range but have never owned a long gun. I am now the proud owner of a Henry Repeating Rifle. This is one of the rifles that was used in taming the west. It shoots .22 magnum shells. Took it to the range today for the first time and was pleasantly pleased with the way it handled.
We have traditionally gotten together with Jo's family on Christmas Eve and my family on Christmas Day. Now our Christmas Eve get together is down to the two of us and her mother. Some years Carrie, Jo's niece, is able to join us but she usually is with her family at her in-laws house. Christmas Day we will have the Stone clan at our house again this year. My parents, all three of my brothers and their wives, one nephew and one of my sons will be with us this year. We also include Jo's mom in all the Stone activities. Christmas looks to be another fun gathering of family.