Friday, November 28, 2014

Pre-Christmas Visits

Lloyd and I took a few days this past week to make the five hour drive up to Edmonton to combine medical appointments with Christmas present deliveries to the families of five of our kids who live up there.  It's amazing how much we got accomplished in such a short span of time.

Sara's family is moving into a new house so Lloyd spent Saturday, along with assorted siblings and in-laws, helping her and Mike paint.

Rob at work in his sister's house.  No furniture but the tree is already up.

And while the painting was underway, Emily and I went to bff Mickey's place for a much needed day of friend and scrapbooking therapy.

Noone bothers taking pictures of Mickey or me when this little
show stealer is there.  Emily is a baby-wearer so it's not unusual to
see the little head peeking around her Mom's shoulder.

We spent three days at Jenny's home where James kindly gave up his bed for us.  He was very happy when Emily and Olive came over for a visit too.  He loves his baby cousin.
James, Jenny's youngest son, and Emily's Olive

Olive's biggest fans.

Lloyd and I, Jenny, Emily and Olive went to Wendy's Restaurant for lunch , where Olive thought the tastiest thing on the menu was her Auntie Jenn.

Our visit with Amy's family was lots of fun.  Its always nice to get caught up with the kids and their varied activities.

Our Woolf cubs, Sydney, Aidan, Kenzie and Tate Woolf.

While we were in Edmonton Sara went public with the news that some of us had already learned.  Her fifth child, and our 22nd grandchild, is due in May 2015.  The more the merrier!

Jenny had some exciting news while we were there too.  Her first novel, Love Letters of the Angels of Death, which was published in 2013, and which has already won one award, has been nominated for the prestegious 2015 Dublin IMPAC Literary Award, along with other authors such as Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, etc.  So exciting!  Maybe a trip to Ireland in her future???  Her second novel will be coming out in 2015.

So we've had an exciting week or two.

And what's with my kids having their Christmas trees up before it's even December???  They sure didn't learn that from their mother.




Painting is always a chore. But it can be lots of fun. Looks like a lovely family gathering. Love the pretty tree. Congrats on the pregnancy.

Bri & Bev said...

Fun time!! Hopefully you missed the bad roads!!

Mickey said...

Wonderful blog and great visit you had. Good thing you left when you saw the storm coming or you might not have made it home. Love scrapping with you!

Delena said...

Is Jenny your daughter? I looked up the book she wrote and now I have to buy it!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

What a wonderful and exciting trip you had. That little one is adorable with her tongue on her aunt's cheek and the trees up and ready for your visit is wonderful. Exciting to have another grandchild on the way too and a famous author in the family tops the cake. You will be surpassing me on grands now as I have but 21.

Granny Annie said...

22 grandchildren???!!! Where have I been? Congratulations on new and old.