Every year brings it's trials and tribulations, but 2020 was a doozy! The new year won't magically end the troubles, but... we are a people of faith. We look forward in hopeful expectation and gratitude to 2021, and ask Mary, the Mother of God, for her protection.
We spent the first day of the new year at Monica and Inshal's home. They had such a wonderful surprise for us: a visit from Joe, our Marine! (Ok not really ours but even our kids refer to him as the favorite son.)
G-pop is the most fun!
(no, that child did not fall, he just slid down like a cat as I was snapping the picture LOL)
See? We can have calm moments.
Like all the other babies, Idalena preferred her quiet spot with Uncle Alex. He makes them feel so secure and safe.
The Galbraith and Chenet Clans gathered for a beautiful, happy Christmas. After a challenging year for both families, it was truly 'comfort and joy' to be together feasting, playing, relaxing and chasing grandbabies!
Jolie brought this little guy, 'cause everyone needs a Christmas lizard, right?
Gift opening took hours
Rinju cooked an amazing ribeye roast for dinner. The food was abundant!
It was a special Christmas for the twins to have all their grandparents and aunts and uncles celebrating together.
I have friends who feel their home just isn't 'homey' without a dog. That is how I feel about my chickens. LOL We lost our last flock to raccoons while we were living in the rental house, although we went home daily to feed and water. This fall,we were given three black Astrolorpes and a rooster. Big, beautiful birds. The girls just began laying! Happiness is finding the first new eggs in a nest!
We had our usual family dinner after Mass. Analisa made amazing sushi and honey, orange chicken. She also introduced us to an amazing Eastern European cheese dessert called Paska. It is usually served for Easter, but we enjoyed it for the 4th Sunday!
After dinner the men visited a local distillery for a tasting tour. A very high end distillery. The owner himself gave the tour and enjoyed our guys singing so much that he gave them shots from his first barrel, aged 7 years. (They excel at Irish drinking songs.)
The ladies made music, entertained the twins, and played games till the men came back for dessert.