Christmas Celebrations and a Snowball Fight

Grandma Kc wrote this on December 31st, 2013 14 Replies

Amara and I had fun getting ready for Christmas. We did fun things together like wrapping presents, decorating the Christmas tree, making green and red pre-Christmas pancakes and decorating a gingerbread house to use as a centerpiece for the Christmas dinners. Most of this was done while listening to My Little Pony music but it was worth it. We were ready!

Christmas Eve finally arrived. The plan was to have a wonderful dinner, open presents and then have coffee and dessert! Amara is lucky to have all of her Grandparents close by but it does mean they have to plan their holidays to include everyone and it can and does get a little hectic for her parents. Having them here on Christmas Eve means that “we have them first” so they aren’t burned out, exhausted or full yet. It also means we get to experience special things like watching Amara give her parents the beautiful Christmas ornament she made for them in class. She held it very carefully as she handed it to them. It was the first gift to be opened and may have been the most special! The craziest gift had to be the Christmas socks that Jenna got for Justin. They were decorated with Christmas lights and they matched her nails perfectly. Who knew you were supposed to match your nails with your husband’s socks? If Grampy mostly wears white socks, does it mean I can continue to go without polish? There were many other great gifts. We had fun opening everything and Twiggy had a blast playing in all of the wrapping paper. The other 2 cats were wisely off hiding somewhere. Twiggy also sat on the kitty kondo watching us eat Jenna’s yummy dessert when we were finally done with our presents. It was a wonderful evening but there would be more.

Christmas Eve Collage December 2013

Christmas Friday Fred and his parents came for turkey dinner just as they did last year. Just like last year I had gotten Amara and Fred some Snow in Seconds and just like last year we had beautiful 80° weather for a snow ball fight. This year we had it out front on the driveway and in the grass. Amara had hoped the girls across the street might be home to join us. They weren’t but the granddaughter of our next-door neighbor was outside helping her Grandpa do some gardening and she couldn’t wait to join us. She had so much fun and so did Amara and Fred. The kids had the most fun chasing the grownups! I had a camera in my hands so I was safe but there was snow on the roof of my car and in my plumeria pots. It is still mostly there today! This is not a paid endorsement — the kids really love this stuff!

Snowball Fight Collage December 2013

There was one more post-Christmas dinner and that was Sunday night. Our good friend Mo had brought us a huge plate of homemade tamales. I love tamales and so do Amara’s folks! So they joined us for a casual dinner and it was delicious! Amara had leftover turkey. She hasn’t acquired a taste for tamales yet but that was OK โ€“ more for us! She spent the night with us and we watched Smurfs 2. I liked it better than The Smurfs but Grampy and Amara disagreed. But then they had both really liked the first one and I hadn’t. It was fun regardless because we were watching it with Amara.

Monday morning we had donuts and I helped Amara set up a Shutterfly account so that she could learn how to make calendars! She loves the calendars that I make each year and she thought it would be really cool to make calendars for a couple of her friends! I had a blast showing her how to load her images, pick her layouts and her backgrounds and to add some text. It will be the first ever My Little Pony Calendar!

What a wonderful week of Christmas fun we have had.

14 thoughts on “Christmas Celebrations and a Snowball Fight

  1. Judy@grandparentsplus2

    This sounds like one for the memory book – lots of fun and good eating to go around. I’m especially envious of the Tamales. When we lived in the Midwest, you could get some authentic Mexican food but here in the Northeast not so much. ๐Ÿ™‚ It looks like Amara’s Christmas rocked and that is always a good thing. Now on to a rocking (not rocky) 2014. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I remember going crazy trying to find decent Mexican food in Michigan when I moved back there for 6 years. We drove to some place near the Michigan State campus that since it was near campus was supposed to be very good. Not so much! Next time we have them I will eat one just for you!

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  2. Joyce

    Well this just shows that the smartest people make Christmas an entire season instead of just one frantic day. I love how the fun just goes on forever and includes so many other people. I think, though, that Christmas eve looks the best – just you guys with your meaningful gift exchange, inside jokes, and enjoyment of the food and decorations that Amara had a hand in making for everybody!
    That “Snow in Seconds” looks like a blast! Reminds me of the Orbeez – grandma sure knows how to track down the crazy fun!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Those of us who are lucky enough to live in the sunshine where we don’t get buried in the real snow at Christmas just have to make the best out of the fake stuff! I learned about this one from Lisa next year and I will probably get it again next year!

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  3. Kristi

    Sounds like someone really loves My Little Pony! I had no idea there was My Little Pony music. ๐Ÿ™‚

    The Snow in Seconds looks like a lot of fun!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      The Snow in Seconds really is perfect for people like us who donโ€™t usually (YEAH!) get snow! For some reason it really reminds me of Ivory Snow that my mom used when I was a little girl. I canโ€™t tell you exactly why โ€“ it just does!

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  4. Sandy Siegel

    What a great holiday for you guys! I think you made the most of every moment and managed to get some great photos to help keep the memories for the future!!

    It’s so strange to see the pictures of the kids playing in the snow in bare feet and T-shirts! It’s snowing here today … and the windchill is around zero. I know … it’s why you moved away from Michigan!! Sure wish Amara could be here to see the real stuff!!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Amara would love spending time in your snow! I know what you mean about it being strange to see them in t-shirts playing in the sun. I remember getting on planes when it was in the 80s here and getting to Detroit and it would be knee deep in snow and way to cold! It is so odd to think that just 2000+ miles from her the weather is so completely different!

      Glad I have our weather! Stay warm honey!

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  5. Susan Adcox

    Sounds like good times! We are lucky in that all of our family members are usually able to come on Christmas Day, so we have one crowded chaotic celebration that stretches into the next day or two. I have a granddaughter who loves My Little Pony, too, but I didn’t know that there is My Little Pony music. I hope my granddaughter doesn’t learn about it! LOL

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      My Little Pony has made a huge comeback! There is even a Dr. Whooves episode or two that is a take-off on the show Dr. Who which all of the parents are into these days! Now that Amara has saved her money and bought herself a tablet she can bring the music with her โ€“ and does! I often wish for earplugs but Iโ€™m just glad she still wants to spend time with us! Right now she is trying hard to teach me which pony is which and whether they are a Pegasus, unicorn or an earth pony. There is going to be a test I just know it!

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  6. Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs

    Mmmm…! Tamales. Love, love, love them!

    Sounds like a fantastic week was had by all. Funny, but every time I think of snowball fights, I think of YOU. Odd, considering your location. But between the fake snow and waxed paper snowball fights (which Bubby and Mac LOVED!), you are the Snowball Queen in my eyes. Probably in Amara’s, too. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Living in a small town in Michigan I never had any kind of Mexican food until I was 13 and I love it! The spicier the better, too! These really were yummy! I should learn to make them but that probably isnโ€™t going to happen any time soon. Just glad I have great friends who take care of me!

      Happy Friday! The Snowball Queen (I love my new title!)

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