This past weekend was super busy for me. I finished up all my crocheting and gift wrapping on Saturday and did all my chores then too. Sunday, I went to my hometown to celebrate Christmas with my entire family. I had to leave baby Chester at home of course. My dad’s side of the family is rather large and we always eat lunch together for the holidays. It was so nice to see everyone, especially my niece and nephew. I don’t get to see them often and it was awesome getting to see them. They’re both so precious.
The day was so busy though. I had to travel a lot and go to so many different houses. We first went to my family lunch, then to my dad’s house, then to my mom’s house, and finally to my grandparents’ house. I didn’t mind visiting everyone, but when I got home I was totally beat.
As soon as I got to my dad’s house, my stepbrother said that his fiancé was feeling better after being “sick” all day yesterday. My heart dropped to my stomach and I instantly started freaking out. Then it became obvious to me that his daughter had a cold. I was freaking out more. I texted my mom and she reassured me that everything was ok. The house is not that big and there were a lot of people, some sick, in one room. I didn’t like that, so to cope, I stepped outside and took some photos. Here’s my favorite from that time:
The food was good, as always. We had the traditional chicken and dumplings, which my grandmother used to make from scratch. My family still uses her recipe, so that was special.
After lunch, we went to my dad’s and opened gifts. I got quite a few things that I needed and really loved. They gave me towels, lotion, money, a nativity scene, and a hurricane lamp. My sister and brother-in-law gave me a new flat iron, which I desperately need and homemade laundry detergent! I’m excited to try it. After that, we went to my mom’s. She also got me this really cool strainer that you attach to skillets and pots, so that you don’t have to worry about pouring it into a strainer.
After visiting my mom, my brother, sister, brother-in-law, brother’s girlfriend, and my niece and nephew visited my grandparents. I always love going to their home. It has a familiar, warm smell and it’s always cozy. My grandparents are cleaning out their house because they have so many things, nice things, and decided that it was time to give us three grandchildren family heirlooms for Christmas. My sister received a crocheted coverlet that was made by our great-great-great grandmother. It’s beautiful, very intricate, and heavy. It’s a treasure. My brother received a shotgun that is dated 1914 and was the property of my great-great-great grandfather. It too is beautiful in its own way.
I received something that I really, really wanted and love. I don’t have much room for Christmas tree in my apartment, so I was looking for a ceramic Christmas tree similar to one my mom and grandma always had. It turns out, they’re now vintage and quite pricey, so I gave up the search. To my surprise, my grandparents gave me one that my grandma made when she was younger. I absolutely love it. I will keep it and cherish it forever. Here it is:
Well, that was my day in a kind of nutshell 😉 Thanks for reading!