I hope you all had a great Christmas! We had a wonderful one! This was the first time Brandon has REALLY gotten into it, enjoyed opening the presents, and participated in all the festivities. That, in itself, was a HUGE Christmas blessing. Brooke had a lot of fun, too, as always!
Brooke, Debbie and I went to see White Christmas with Debbie, Tracy and Julia Fletcher – it was so much fun and a great show! The girls really enjoyed it too. I think my favorite part was when someone in the play said the word “sex” (in a clean joke kind of way) and Julia, the 5 year old, loudly asks her mom, “What’s sex???” She was saying it like sax, though, so that gave Tracy a little relief. How did that ever pan out, Tracy?? 🙂
We had Christmas with my parents on the 20th and spent a nice day at their house with my brother eating, playing games, eating, and eating some more!
On Christmas Eve, Brooke and I baked a pie that was in a cookbook my mom had given me for my wedding, and the recipe was handwritten by her in the book. I make the assumption that it’s an old family recipe and think I’m doing this great thing by making it, and call her to ask her about one vital instruction that was omitted (you know, actually COOKING the eggs in the pie) and she tels me she’s never made it before! It was too funny. So, our new holiday tradition is that we will pick random recipes, leave out one really important step, and see if we can figure out which one is missing 🙂 We all had a good laugh out of it.
Then, we went to church, out to dinner and back to the house for the kids to open one Christmas present – their Christmas PJs.
Christmas morning was a lot of fun, then we went to Debbie and Paul’s for The Blackshear Christmas with Jason’s brother and his family. The cousins had a lot of fun playing together and got along great! They even helped Papa gather up eggs from the Chicken Condo! Later in the afternoon we were joined by Donnie (Debbie’s brother) and his daughter Holly, then that evening the Draehn’s and Cobbs came by, who we always see Christmas Day. We had a great time! Brandon found a buddy in Trip and they played hard!
Today has been a bit more of a rollercoaster. Brandon woke up this morning and wasn’t able to put any pressure on his left leg. We called the doctor and got him in today, and PRAISE GOD our doctor was the one on call at the after hours clinic – I just feel better with her. We thought it was his knee at first, but it turned out to be his hip. We did have some anxious moments, though, because she did some testing to rule out Guillian-Barre, which starts out like this with lower extremity muscle weakness, at the end of a virus (which he’s had), and put us on alert that if it got any worse, or if his blood work came back showing signs of infection or inflammation that we would be headed immediately to Texas Childrens. It took 4 of us to pin him down to draw blood – poor guy! So, for that time waiting for his bloodwork to come back, I was, needless to say, a little scared! All came back normal, but we still have to watch him and if it doesn’t get better we will need to look for nerve or bone problems. As it is now, we are treating him for just a sore hip from playing too hard!
So, all is well and we’re headed out soon for a way overdue date night with The Bench’s!
We still have a few more celebrations to attend, and will post more pics when we’re done with those!
Here are a few pictures from the Christmas fun.