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Happy New Year

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Despite the busy day they had yesterday and the evening at Pa’s, the boys still got up early! I heard them get out of bed about 5:30, but I didn’t get up until 6:00. They were playing on their iPads and patiently waiting for everyone to get up (although they had already catalogued every present under the tree by its recipient. Anyway, I let them go into their stockings, which, if you know Cindy, is crammed full of treasures–toys, candy, games, and more candy…

Christmas Day

After the boys finished with their stockings, I put some coffee on and we waited for the rest of the family to get up. And at 7:00, which seemed like an eternity, the unwrapping began!

Christmas Day Christmas Day

Let’s see, there were Harry Potter wands, which they thought were pretty cool. Alex got the actual Harry Potter wand, while Adam was pleased to have the wand used by Lord Voldemort…

Christmas Day Christmas Day

Naturally, a fast-handed wand battle ensued…

Christmas Day

One of the neatest presents they received was a retro electronic football game from the 70s. I loved this game when I was a teenager, but the boys weren’t too impressed! LOL.

Christmas Day

Nope, what they were really excited about was the official 2018 FIFA World Cup Soccer Ball…

Christmas Day

and the gear that went with it…the uniforms of their favorite players: Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Brazil’s Neymar da Silva Santos Junior (aka Neymar Jr.)…

Christmas Day

There was a lot more, of course, but these were the highlights. I enjoy watching the boys on Christmas morning and remember the excitement I felt as a child while ripping the wrapping paper off the presents left for me under the tree. It’s nice to relive those moments through their eyes.

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angels

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

(Matthew 2:10-11, NKJV)

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Well, it’s Christmas Eve and although Pa is gone, the family still gathered in his old country home. Pa’s children, and many of his grandchildren, great, great-great, and great-great-great grandchildren, and their families were here. There was a lot of food, and a lot of talking and laughing.

Christmas Eve

And presents for all the kids…

Christmas Eve

Afterward, Alex put on a disguise from the “Prank Kit” he received. You can’t even tell it’s him, can you? :-))

Christmas Eve

I don’t know how long this tradition will continue in this way, but tonight, Pa would’ve been pleased.

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Cindy and the boys are making a centerpiece for tomorrow’s dinner table. What could it be? There’s a riddle in there somewhere…

You make this at Christmas
So you can stuff your face
A cake, icing, and candy
An edible dwelling place

I have to say, I like this little A-frame house…it’s much easier to put together than the typical four-walled structure. Not that I’d know, mind you, when it comes to construction, I’m all thumbs!

Gingerbread House

These guys, on the other hand, with a little help from Mom, do a bang-up job!

Gingerbread House

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What better way to spend the day than in the woods with the boys and their bb-guns? There’s a chill in the air, but not too bad. And there’s plenty to shoot at…like the old metal “Keep Out” sign attached to the barbed wire fence of the adjoining property. The guns are still a little hard to cock, so the boys have to improvise using their foot as a stanchion, which provides safety and support.

BB Guns BB Guns

And their form is pretty darn good!

BB Guns BB Guns

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Like I’ve said numerous times, you can always tell what time of year it is by looking at our house…especially Christmastime. Each year, Cindy pulls down the 10s of boxes we have stored in the garage and attic, and creates a display that’ll bring back great memories for the boys’ in the years to come.

Christmas Lights

All I do is put-up the ladder, so she can climb-up on the roof to hang that wreath!

Christmas Lights

And naturally, she makes the house all Christmasy, too…

Christmas Lights

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So, as has become a family tradition, Friday night is “Pizza and a Movie” night. Although mom joins us from time to time, it’s normally just the boys and me (mainly due to the movies we pick to watch, which typically involve super heroes–not mom’s thing).

Anyway, tonight is a typical night, with Marcos Pizza and the new “Black Panther” movie!

Pizza and a Movie

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Happy New Year

“Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life. The secret of success is in turning that diary into the best story you possibly can. I wish you Happy New Year and a diary full of the best stories ever written in your life.”
– Laozi

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Needless to say, the boys woke up to find Santa did indeed visit our house…

Presents

and he brought them SKATEBOARDS!

Skateboards

and an Xbox…

Xbox

and some Xbox games…

Xbox

including what is evidently the best Xbox game ever, Star Wars Battlefront

Xbox

And then it was over…

Aftermath

and Mom made the boys their traditional reindeer pancakes! Mmmm.

Pancakes Pancakes

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