What a great time we had this Christmas. Before we left to go to Fort Collins, we went over to see Nathan and Mary and got to see Destiny and Deju, our two great-grandkids. They are beautiful. We had a fun time visiting with them and with Mary and Nate. Seems like Christmas is always a busy time, but fun with family visits.
We left on Tuesday the 22nd of December for Fort Collins. Good thing we did, because it was perfect weather that day. We stayed at Aaron and Andrea's house and Brian's parents flew in that evening from Madison, Wisconsin and stayed with him and Rachel. On Wednesday morning we had decided to go to Centura Shopping Center, in Loveland, just to walk around and finish some last minute shopping. We went in a blizzard! The roads were absolutely awful, and we had a ball. Even though it was snowy and cold, we were all together.
On Christmas Eve we spent the day at Andrea and Aarons. Rachel and Brian and his parents came over a little before noon and we had a marvelous meal. Andrea had prepared a prime rib roast and everyone brought side dishes and helped. Before the kids took a nap, Avery Joy announced the name of her new little sister, to be born in April. "Madison Hope" is a beautiful name. Then later, we went to the Christmas Eve service and looked at Christmas lights.
On Christmas morning, we opened gifts with Malachi, Rachel Eliana and Aaron and Ange. What fun to see the little ones open their gifts. Once we had all opened our gifts, we went to Rachel and Brians to spend the day. Bob dressed up like Santa Claus and came in the back door to surprise Avery. It was hysterical. She kept saying, Santa, Grandpa Bob, ho ho ho! But, she never would kiss him. Malachi and Rachel Eliana both kissed him and thought he was really funny.
The day after Christmas, we left to go to Pueblo West, to see Tiffany and Rob and Reece and Payton for a couple of days. On the way we stopped in Denver to see my sister, Rayelynn, her husband and family. It was so fun seeing them. Hadn't seen them since June, when I did the wedding cake for Tyler, their son and Dawn, their new daughter-in-law. Had a fun visit and got to see Mae and Gordon, Glenn's folks. I am putting some pictures of Mae's tree house that she had made. Would love to have that in my back yard for the grandkids to play in.
Well, we made it to Pueblo and really enjoyed seeing Tiff, Rob and kids. We also got to see our son Rob Manfred and his children, Kailynne and Michael. How wonderful it was to see them. Boy, they have really grown.
This Christmas was so special to us. We got to spend time with all of our children and their families. That was the best present we could ask for.