For only the 2nd time in 23 years, we’ll have a family style Christmas. . .
As in, our son Ben, and his 5 kids, will spend the night before and celebrate Christmas at our home.
Entertainment will be provided by grandkids ranging in age from Jamel at 15, to Alisa Marie at about 2 months.
When you add our Jack Russell Terrier, Ginger, into the mix, merriment and raucousness (is that a word?) are assured.
Jamel and his sister, Bria, have jumped the gun and have been staying with us for a few days already.
Which has been fun. (much to his chagrin, I accidentally caught Jamel practicing some dance moves last night;)
Seven year old Bria, has read me more books than I care to remember. But, those many, and I do mean many, cups of ‘air tea’ have made the book readings, go down easier.
Before the actual event, it’s good to be a grandparent.
An added bonus, house guests ignites Treasa’s creative cooking fire. (and, let’s not let anyone forget that even ‘family members’ are guests!)
Trust me, That Woman can cook!
To kinda warm up for Christmas with the family, Treasa and I helped out at the annual Christmas dinner the Marshall Lion’s Club hosts for the foreign exchange students attending our local high schools.
(Please forgive the preceding run-on sentence, Mrs. Kinkaid)
We had the pleasure of sharing the meal with foreign exchange students Liese, from Germany, and Kaisa, from Finland.
They’re both 16, though Liese is 17 next week, I think.
Here in Marshall, the girls live with different host families, but attend the same school, Marshall Academy. (As does one of our nieces)
They both love being here, and agreed that classwork was easier here than it was in their home country.
Not saying anything real good about our educational system, is it?
Anyway, everyone seemed to enjoy the dinner, even the students! Go figure…
Speaking of the Marshall Lions Club, I joined up with them in July and have helped out with various community volunteer work projects.
I’m liking it…
Anyway, that’s it for today!
Talk to you next time.
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