Christmas is the most wonderful time of year!
The love of the season shines through
in everyone smile.
Especially the bright shinning eyes of the children,
which are filled with amazement and marvel of
all the lights and miraculous
wonderment saturating their worlds
in this the most divine of seasons!
This year Michael and I spent our first Christmas day
without the children...
it was different, yet still a wonderful day!
That afternoon, we drove up to Dover NH
to pay a Christmas visit to
Exar, Rosie,his wife , Avael, his 5 year old son,
We were greeted with smiles and laughter.
Avael opened his present,
a nerf gun,
with enthusiasm..and began pelting the walls
with little nerf balls,
he and Michael then put together a new puzzle
and Rosie treated us to a most delicious fruit punch!
When we left , we went on down the road to
to reenact a scene from one of our favorite
to the "Ocean Wok" for our
Michael had the duck and I enjoyed the
Egg Foo Young.
We then drove up the icee beach road
back to Love Lane...
An early night was had due
to Bill, Felice and Michael would be
arriving the next morning around 8
at the airport in Boston!
Christmas day night looked
like Christmas eve in our house..
no empty boxes..no paper and bows strewn
the stockings still hung by the chimney
for in the morning ,
the first group of children
would be there!
When the plane landed and they disembarked..
the three of them came out from
behind the security area..
Bill and Felice pushing the stroller
He looked straight up into his grandfathers eyes,
grinned, pointed that little finger at him
and exclaimed with Glee
A smile no smaller than the
lit up "Papas" face!
We left Boston, stopped at "Linda's"
(remember..the grits are not on the menu)
Michael had traveled in his p.j.s
...what would be more appropriate?
all through breakfast he would touch his Papas arm and exclaim
When we reached Love Lane...
all the luggage was not yet in before Michael
saw his new trike under the tree..
a reindeer cap adorned his head for awhile..
some new boots!
even puts them in the trash!
but, watch out..
when he is through with his..
he will clean up ALL the bows and tags under the tree!
That boy, loves music!!
2 new cds..
Baby does Bob Marley
Baby does The Beatles!
A key board with microphone..
A key board with microphone..
Papa really enjoyed teaching him
to sing in the microphone...
Ladies & Gentlemen..
Elvis has left the building!
and slept with his snowman
was time to try out the sleds!
Everyone was excited!
He road again with his Ba-ba..and was not as scared!
but, still not as sure about this
COLD white stuff..
there was no crying that time..
next year he will be a pro!
Gamma gives sledding a shot!
The next day we head north to Maine..
first L.L. Bean
then to Cabelas...
A manly man kind of day!
frozen water fall..
what a happy boy!
it is the end of December..
and we are in MAINE..
it is COLD ..
will be happy to hear..
"But, Ma...I wore my coat!"
A speed walker.
People up here...don't seem to realize..
"Hey, its winter..Join the gym...
buy a tredmill.."
did not see any bicycles...they usually
come out about dusk!
on up the intersate to Freeport
river is still frozen
wiggling and giggling
Then on to Cabela's
near Cabela's we headed back to
Rye.Each night as Michael
scurried up the stairs to bed..
he would make a stop at the top
by his bedroom door to be hoisted up in order
to throw more goodnight kisses over
the balcony to
his Papa and Gamma
below in the livingroom!
and head to Boston to get
Little Sister, Aunt Carrie, and Patrick!
(It was on the 4th , too.)
New England Aquarium.
It was such a cold and windy day!!
Who would have thought that All
of New England decided to go to the Aquarium
on that very day!
The line was horrendous!
But, we finally got to see some fish!
I have borrowed some of them to
our Christmas story of 08.
pictures of Michael at the tank
and escaped through
at a restaraunt that looked like a ship..
We all enjoyed our waitress..and the meal..
Michael got to see the Lobsters
in the tank..and at first look
said they must go
More presents were
with the bows and tags..
even a stocking!
It snowed all night and the next day..
When all were up and human..
(had their coffees)
we headed to Portsmouth
a quick stop by the job..
Michael Hall was wearing
new carhart overalls!
and needed to ride the buckhoist.
Then on to
"Muddy River Bar-B-Que"
The rest of the pictures will be on the next posting..
and if this time I have figured it out then it
will follow this one..
but, alas if I have not then it..will come before this one..
oh, go figure...