So, upon Ruby's arrival to my sister's home, her Mom, my Mom and myself had a little tea party with some specialty cookies I had ordered from a little place along highway one (remember that?) while on vacation. Just a special time for me as I could just look at sweet little Ruby 24~7... We had a quick little dinner Deanna prepared and then.....I wanted Ruby to open the gifts I brought for her. My family has always opened gifts on Christmas Eve, what's one day I ask? ( I was spending the night but leaving in the morning)
Santa was bringing Ruby a pink kitchen set so I decided it would be fun to buy her play food and staples for her kitchen. I was so excited watching her open them that I failed to catch it on camera, but trust me, she LOVED it. At one point she sat legs spread pulling all the food toward her and while looking down at the food said, " I can't believe it". I said, "Ruby do you like it", to which she look up at me and said "yesssss" and it was very convincing! My heart overflows with Ruby.
|My Sister Deanna and Ruby|
Glad I stayed yet so sad to leave. I am still not used to all of my family not being together at Christmas, so much has changed since my Dad died...so much. I headed home listening to Christmas carols and thinking about the dinner and the evening planned with my husband, son's and daughter in law that evening.
|Son Mike made this manger scene in 2nd grade|
|My Sweet Uncle Ray made these|
|Rocking horse collection and friends!|
|Shelf of old Christmas photos|
|A place to hang Santa's hat|
|Jingle Bears I've had since my sons were little.|
|Reindeer my Dad made :-)|
|Wreath with Santa|
|Son Mike proudly displays his Ralphie shirt|
Every year family tradition we watch A Christmas Story, we love Ralphie.
|Brian, Mike and Katie|
The Kids opening a very special gift from their Auntie Deanna.......
|Wall hanging son Brian bought me :-)|
|Christmas morning, Bob makes me breakfast :-)|
Tradition was always my Dad for years, and eventually my Dad and son's made Poppa's french toast for the entire family, as we used to all spend the night at my parents house....yet another change.
|Bob Horton watching Horton Hears a Who...|
That afternoon we headed to Mike and Kaite's home for some great company and always a great meal. Katie's parents and siblings, my other son Brian, and Brian and Mike's Dad and step mom Cindie all opened gifts together. Mike and Katie bought us tickets to see Bonnie Raitt in January...the funniest part was this?? I am having back surgery in February and I was shocked when scheduling the surgery when I was told January was booked up?? Turns out they had bought the tickets already so they called the Doctor's office to have them tell me they were booked in January, hence the February date :-) All enjoyed a nearly perfect day.....but,
IT WAS ABOUT TO GET PERFECT
My daughter in law held up this photo and asked us all who we thought this photo looked like....her or Mike ?
Baby Due August 1st, 2011 !!!!!!!
Yes, at last my son has produced a child....angels were singing, I'm sure I heard them. Tears of joy from the women in the room to say the least. I was over the moon with happiness....had to start making phone calls immediately, now that was fun!
So, 2011 is looking to be a very good year.......be prepared to look at a ton of baby photos. Mike knows how much I love my great niece Ruby and how long I have waited for this news....his words to me after hearing the news...."bye bye Ruby"....
:-) Ruby will always be tops with me...well, maybe a hair less than this long awaited baby! Ruby if your reading this (smile), Ebby debi will always be crazy about you!
I can't wait for the other grand-kids to meet the newest addition, looks like we will need a new family photo sooner than I thought.
I may or may not have bought some things for the baby today........
This is what Echos from my full heart today......