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Other than our first Christmas together as husband and wife, I can't think of a Christmas I've enjoyed more than this one with our adopted 4-year old twin granddaughters. The day started out with a light dusting of snow so that we had our white Christmas, which is what I wished for. Then we went over to see our new "family." The girls were watching out the window for our arrival and nearly tackled us at the door. It took 3 trips to bring in all the gifts and the jeweled fruit that I made to go with the dinner.

After playing and rough housing with the girls, we sat down to a wonderful ham dinner with mashed potatoes made with Ranch Dressing, green beans in a light sauce, ham, rolls and the jeweled fruit. From dinner it was rush to get the girls ready for their program at the church. It was so packed that we ended up sitting in the area where the choir sets when they perform, but we had an unobstructed view of the front of the church. Those children put on one heck of a show.

From the church it was back to the house and everyone got to open their presents from the grandparents, aunts and uncles that had been sent. One of the gifts that the girls received from us were learning computers that run on batteries so that they can take them with them when they travel. They teach phonics, early math, recogizing colors, alphabets, numbers and learning to read as well as teaching beginning Spanish. One of the girls is more advanced than the other so she received the computer that has Spanish on it while the other received the one with phonics and speech programs as she has a problem with her speech at the moment. This isn't unusual as they were both very premature at birth.

We had a ball Christmas eve and were back there for a Christmas brunch and dinner on Christmas day. The girls had to show us everything they received and of course we had to play. Ray played Twister with them and for a man 6 foot 6, that was no easy feat. The girls howled in laughter as he tried to manuver on the mat. Grandma managed to trip over a huge beanbag chair and fall. I bounced twice on the chair and then hit the floor and laughed all the way. My friend's look was priceless as "she" did the same thing on the upstairs beanbag Christmas eve!

Santa was quite good to me this year what with books and DVDs on the Cherokee people (I'm Cherokee and Swedish) and ways to research my ancestry, and an AccuQuilt GO Fabric Cutter and dies! These old hands that are starting to suffer with RA really appreciates that. My DH takes my being a quilter, fiber artist and photographer seriously and always manages to get me something I've wished for each year. I have to watch what I say I like or would want to have "some day" as it's liable to end up in my hands sooner rather than later. ~2~

Hope one and all had a very Merry Christmas and may you and yours enjoy all the best that life has to offer in the coming New Year!!

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Comment by Pam/NY on December 27, 2011 at 6:08am

Terri- What a wonderful day you had...nothing like grandkids to put a smile on your face and fill your heart!

Comment by Terri D. on December 26, 2011 at 8:21pm

It hasn't been easy to get to this point as Ray lost his only child 2 months before we were married and his birthday is at the end of this month. To see him interact with these two munchkins who have stolen his heart bring tears of joy to my eyes. He shows them such unconditional love and, when we are on the way home, tells me how glad he is to have them in his life. All I can say is "Amen" to that.

Comment by Sharon Reeves on December 26, 2011 at 7:32pm

A wonderful Christmas that everyone wishes for. May the New Year be a good one, too>

Comment by Janet/MO on December 26, 2011 at 5:34pm

It sounds like you had the perfect holiday Terri.  May 2012 bring you much peace & happiness.

Comment by B J Elder/WA on December 26, 2011 at 4:01pm

Terri - that was a wonderful Christmas!  I'm so glad you have grandkids now. What joy for all of you. Sounds like you were very good this year too!  So many wonderful blessings!

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