It has been awhile since I have blogged, so I thought I would just do a catch up. We had Thanksgiving at our house this year Brett, Laurie and family came over and Matt, Amy and kids came down from KY. I really don't know why I don't have any pictures. It was a good day with everyone here. Larry and his family were here also. The day after Thanksgiving several went down to Mt. Pleasant to see Larry's cabin that he built this year. It's a little over an hour from here.
Matt Amy and family stayed the week after Thanksgiving. Matt has some vacation time he needs to use up. We enjoyed the time with their family. They have a new member, Daniel Pickett Graubner was born November 8.
December was a busy time for us. We celebrated our anniversary a little early with friends. We went out to eat at Stoney River Steak House. It was so delicious. We were seated by the fireplace and had such a nice evening.
Our anniversary was the 22 of Dec. Howard and I went to IHOP for our free breakfast and then we went up to Opryland hotel and walked around.
December 22, 1961
Where has the time gone?
Larry, Rachel and their kids came over that evening and we had our Christmas exchange with them. It was a fun evening.
Christmas Eve day we drove over to Laurie's in east TN to celebrate Christmas with them. We had not been with them on Christmas Day in a long time.
Brett's Mom was there as well as a niece. It was a nice day. Of course when the Graubner's and families get together there is alway plenty of food. The whole family likes to cook. We just fixed snacks and it made for a very relaxing day.
This is just a little bit of the food that was put out.
Chase, Daria and Hunter
Laurie and Brett
Howard and Chase
Noah and Ryan
The 27th was my birthday. We left Laurie's house after breakfast. When I got up to go upstairs this is what I found in the stairwell.
Laurie made a coffee cake we like in the cast iron skillet. It was too hot to put candles in it, so they put them on dsome muffins Hunter had mae.
They look as wilted as I look!!
We drove up to Matt and Amy's house. Amy made birthday dinner for me. It was chicken souvlaki. It was delicious.
The girls loved that I was having my birthday at their house.
You will notice a bandaid on Evelyn's forehead. She got a box of bandaid's for Christmas. She really didn't have an owiee but wanted one of her "mandaids" to put on it. It stayed on for over a week. She thought it was the best gift!!
I'm very blessed to have been able to be at two of my kids homes for my birthday.
While we were at Matt and Amy's we visited The Creation Museum and The Ark Encounter and walked around Christmas Town. Matt works at both of these places.
Daniel, Matt, Abigail, Amy and Evelyn
We then drove to our daughter, Erin's home. We spent New Year's Eve and New Year's Day with them.
We played lots of games and had a fun time. Don't know why I didn't get any pictures. I guess we were too busy having fun. Erin did get a picture of Colter and I. He is a senior in high school this year.
We were so blessed to spend time with some of our children and grandchildren.
Howard made me some tables for our anniversary. We used two of them for the guest room and one for our room.
They are made out of cherry. I really like them.
Howard made each of our children a cross stitch of the states they live in, and framed it with wood from his dad's barn in Michigan. He marked the cities they live in. Our children all have great memories of that barn as kids.
Rick lives in LaHabra
Laurie lives in Ocoee
John lives in Costa Mesa
Larry lives in Nolensville
Cheryl lives in Homedale
Erin lives in Brownsburg
Matt lives in Covington
Ann made the matting from fabric we found.
Until next time. Hopefully it won't be so long next time.