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December 28, 2009

Christmas 2009

Weather. That was the big news this Christmas. A huge storm front stretching from the Gulf of Mexico into Canada dumped rain, then ice, then snow over the state of Iowa. It disrupted travel plans and family get-togethers, but didn't dampen our spirits. Here's a recap of our Christmas celebrations.

Christmas Eve is traditionally the get-together for Wendy's family in Boone, but this year the plans were changed to be at our house on the day after Christmas. With the girls at their mom's for Christmas Eve, it left Wendy and me alone. We volunteered to work on the video crew for the Christmas Eve service. I directed while Wendy worked one of the cameras. We were home by early evening and Wendy made a wonderful dinner for the two of us which we ate by candlelight, then snuggled in to watch television and enjoy the rest of our evening.

Christmas morning the girls and Clayton gathered at our house about 10:00 a.m. to open gifts. Being the newlyweds, Taylor and Clayton had approximately 3,467,293 Christmas celebrations to attend. So, we enjoyed the hour alloted for us that morning. For those of you who follow this blog, you may recall Clayton's need for a personal grooming tool, so he was pleased to find one in his stocking. Madison was excited to get a keyboard (she's been taking piano lessons but has to scrounge a way to practice). With Tay & Clay off to Clay's mom's house, we debated and flip-flopped on whether to try and make it to the Vander Well's in Des Moines for Christmas in the afternoon. We even attempted to drive out of town, but I didn't like the feel of the roads or the weather situation, so we turned around and came home. Wendy made a wonderful Christmas dinner for the three of us. We sat around the dining room table and enjoyed conversation with Madison. Wendy and I then crashed on the couch while watching "While You Were Sleeping."

With the Hall clan celebration at our house, Wendy bustled around the house after our nap making goodies and preparing for the invasion. Jesse, Heidi, & Sophia arrived in the evening and we sat up chatting until late that night.

On the morning of the 26th the whole Hall family arrived. Nathan, Bonnie and the kids did not make it, nor did Josh, who was skiing in Montana. We enjoyed brunch and then opened gifts and lounged around until about 2:00 p.m. when we headed over to Grandma Vander Hart's for potluck with the extended crew.

Back home in the evening, Wendy and I crashed and enjoyed a quiet evening.

Sunday morning I played bass at church and then Wendy and I headed to Des Moines for the Vander Well's postponed celebration. We had dinner with the family and then opened white elephant gifts downstairs. The adults of the family agreed to pool gift money and give to a needy family, then give white elephants. The hit of the party was Wendy's white elephant of one of those funky 3D images from the 80's where you have to stair at this funky picture that looks like a Jackson Pollack painting but if you look at it the right way this three dimensional image appears. Wendy had one from high school that showed Jesus on the cross with a nativity scene in one corner and an empty tomb in the other. Totally tacky, and we laughed as everyone tried to see it. Madison came after dinner with her boyfriend, Phil, and the two of them were then headed out to spend their Christmas money.

By last night Wendy and I felt a little tuckered out and enjoyed another quiet evening together.

Clay & tay 122509 LR
 Clay xmas groomer 122509 LR
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  Tom & sophia 122509 LR
 Madison & sophia 122509 LR
 Wendy & suzanna 122609 LR
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 Jody & wendy white elephant gifts 122709 LR
 Dad vw white elephant 122709 LR
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 Kumi & gma VW 122709 LR


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