Four of the grands and their parents came for Christmas. This is what they found in the living room.
We had a little speaker hidden up there with the dolls, playing Christmas music with children's voices. I asked the kids to see if they could find the singers. They followed the sound and found them. It was fun. We took the two older kids to the family Christmas Eve service, which was held in the church hall.
Daphne enjoyed it. Zachary was cranky, although he controlled himself. The children who wanted to take part each took a figure up to the front to put it in the creche, while the story was explained to them.
My family left me there after the service, because I was singing at the two later services in the original church, which is beautiful but less practical for children.
The Trinity choir has choir robes and process. We didn't do that at St. Luke's. I'm still trying to get the hang of it. I walked into the communion rail on the way down the aisle after the later service and ended up with a big bruise on my leg. I'll get it eventually.
The kids had put out cookies and milk for Santa. This is what we found in the morning. I don't know how Santa has time to eat cookies and drink milk at each house on Christmas Eve.
The kids get up early every morning, and Christmas Day was no exception.
The two younger boys are early risers anyway, and the older two came from Wisconsin to spend Christmas with us, so jet lag was getting them up early, too. DDIL had the early shift on Christmas Day, so she kept the kiddos entertained with games until everyone got up.
The stockings were in the room with the family room, with the fireplace, of course. A big hit from the stockings was whoopee cushions.
The tree was in the living room.
Johan's wolf costume was a big hit.
Daphne was excited with the ski outfit for her doll Bella.
All three of the ladies received a skein of yarn and the pattern for the Nurmilintu shawl. We're doing it as a KAL.
Later, the kids helped me set up a photo shoot on the front porch, because it snowed overnight. The resulting photo was in Friday's story.
Later DBIL came over for dinner. He brought a friend, who made potato latkes for us as an appetizer.
The next day we went to the Original Pancake House for breakfast to celebrate my birthday.
We went to the playground on Thursday.
Soren, the younger six-year-old, needs a talking device to communicate. His cousin was fascinated with it. The children are pretty matter-of-fact about their cousin's disability.
DBIL ended up needing emergency surgery. He had a twisted colon. We will have to help him after he comes home. It's good we live so close. It was lucky it happened when it did, because he was planning to leave for a trip with his trailer.
Johan cracked his head open when he fell backwards off the bench in the dinning room, so we made another trip to the hospital. He wanted stitches, because he has a friend at school who had stitches, but Johan got three staples instead. He was a trooper. He decided staples were cooler than stitches. We could tell it hurt, but he didn't cry.
We have decided that the hospital should name a wing after the Stuart family.
On Friday, the plumber came and installed our dishwasher. It runs well now. We had the hot water turned off in the kitchen all week and had to haul hot water from the powder room to wash dishes. Everyone helped.
Dusty was sad after everyone left on Saturday. He had a good time with the kids.
Later that day, I came down with the flu.
Happy New Year, everyone.
What's on my needles: I put down the Kisu Takki Cardigan for Jolena, and am working on the Numilintu shawl.
What's on my Sparrow 15: The quilt sleeves for hanging quilts are done, so now on to costumes for my characters.
What's in my hoop: Still the Spring Flowers quilt, no progress again this week.
What's in The Doll's Storybook: Having Fun with Toys.This week's story was about the dolls' favorite presents.
What's on my iPad/iPhone: Still The Ladies of Ivy Cottage by Julie Klassen.
What's in my wine glass: My wine glass is empty. I haven't felt much like having wine since I got sick.
What's my tip of the week: Alpaca dryer balls are tennis balls covered with alpaca and felted are great in the dryer instead of using dryer sheets. They can be used over and over.
Note: This blog post was produced on the iPad and the MacBook, using the iPhone for some photos and some photo processing. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for, cleaned or broken. No animals or dolls were harmed during the production of this blog post.