Christmas morning began with Justin and I opening gifts.
I caught Justin's excitement as he opened up the electric blanket I got him.
(Despite what it may look like, Justin was pleased to get this gift)
Next we moved on to my parents house for our traditional Christmas breakfast. We always have eggs with ham and coffee cake.
Here is my G and G Ricker with Jo Jo.
Caleb had many different reactions to the 3 Wall E toys we got him. This one was the "No Way!" face. For the other 2 toys he had a delayed scream and a little jump.
These boys love their cut off gloves for the office (Their cold office)
Yes, The guys did somehow unwrap their potato guns and they shot them out in the street. They had a good time.
We went over to Gma Shoe's for lunch.
Everyone exchanged handmade gifts which was really fun! Some of the gifts were crocheted scarfs/ beanie/ blanket/clutch purse, painted brush holder, collaged box full of guitar picks, painting, mini photo album, salad making kit, and more. This picture is of Justin opening up his gift of new black Converse with painted embellishments on them.
Around dinner time we headed to Justin's parent's house. We got to hang out with Heather and Cambry who are visiting from CT. Heather is opening a purse I sewed for her.
Justin's dad and brother checking out their new guns.
Cambry skillfully mastering the nose harp. He serenaded the family with many songs and even played for part of dinner.
Christmas Day was great for us! We are so blessed to have most of our family living in the same town so we can see many people we love on the same day. I am thankful that God provided for Justin and I this season and enabled us to have a great time making a lot of our gifts.
He went to his dad's garage and so delicately put together a few mini potato guns for some special men in his life. Here he is spraying them all black.
Justin continued in his manly ways and wrapped the potato guns up in red rosin paper. That kind of paper is used to protect the ground from paint splatters and the like on construction sites.
I thought he was done with everything, but then he got out the duct tape. He added his finishing touches by wrapping the gifts from top to bottom with this tape. I told him he was crazy, but I guess it's just a guy thing.
Mark is still in bad condition at Mission Hospital. This hospital is one of the best places he could be which is great, but Mark is still not doing well with his injuries.
Friends and family have set up an opportunity to fast and pray together for Mark this Friday. Please join us! Even if you don't know him personally I would love for you to be a part of praying for him. I am so thankful for those of you who have already been praying. Thank You!
Justin and I are flying to New Haven, Connecticut on Thursday night. We are visiting Justin's brother, Cambry and his wife, Heather. We haven't seen them since their wedding in July.
I have never been to CT. We are looking forward to a good time hanging out. I hope to get a few crocheted Christmas gifts done on the flight over :)
These are a few family pics of us last winter. It was fun to take these pictures besides the fact that it was around 50 degrees outside when we did it. Between locations we would throw our fat jackets on.
We are hearing that it is really cold in CT now. I will prepare for the worst.
Our friend Mark has been in a terrible accident and needs your prayers!
He fell off a dirt bike and is in very bad condition. The Doctor's are not very hopeful. My heart breaks for this sweet family. His wife's name is Angie and they have a 6 year old son named Nolan. I have known them for a long time and they are my sister and Josh's dearest friends.
There has been a blog set up so we can see current updates on his condition.
So I have been crocheting a lot lately. I bring it almost anywhere with me if I think I will have a minute to continue a project.
I am mainly making Christmas gifts for people. I have been wanting to show some of the project I've completed, but I can't show them till after I give the gifts (Don't want to spoil any surprizes!) :)
So, here is a picture of one of the little items I have made for a gift. I gave it to my friend for her birthday.
I learned basic crochet then I have been slowly growing in my ability to read patterns. That's how I am starting to do some more unusual crochet items. I google the patterns online and print out anything that I want to try.
Crochet is awesome because it is so relaxing. You can be involved in conversation, traveling or watching a movie and be producing something.
Another cool thing is that as I have been talking about it to my friends, all these secret crocheters have been coming out of the wood works. I have been having so much fun crocheting with others. I love it.