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Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Wreckage Of Christmas



We spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at our grandson’s house.  When the boys were sent to bed on Christmas Eve, our daughter Heather gave them strict instructions not to get out of bed before 7:00 am.  At exactly 7:01 I had Owie jumping up and down on my chest trying to wake me up and drag Marti and me downstairs to open presents.  Don’t think Owie was too excited…


The boys tore into the piles of presents under the tree.



Even their mom, Heather enjoyed opening gifts.


Dad, Brian stood there in shock, watching how fast all the careful gift wrappings were destroyed in such short order.


Some new tablets for the boys.  Heather looked over the instructions to get them set up.


Santa didn’t forget Mimi Marti.  Some new Nintendo games to feed her video game addiction.


After breakfast, war broke out.  The boys played their new electronic Battleship game.  Fortunately, no holes were shot through the kitchen table.


We missed seeing our granddaughters in New Jersey and Missouri.  But through modern technology, we Skyped with them.  Little Rebekah (in MO) here is trying out her new chair made of giant Lego blocks.


Today, 26 December is granddaughter Taylor’s eighth birthday.  Again, the Skype was turned on and we got to watch her open another pile of presents, this time in birthday wrapping paper.


A birthday hug for Taylor from her sister Kierra.


We wish we could be everywhere at once, but with our kids and grandkids living all over the country, we’re glad to have the Journey to be able to visit them throughout the year. 

This year, we’re still tied to South Carolina due to waiting for completion of my disability claim appointments at the Veterans Hospital.  A VA patient advocate has looked into my now 28 month long unresolved claim and has given us a work around to hopefully get the last two tests done. 

I have an appointment with a VA doctor on 30 December to get her to review my knee and shoulder problems and get me scheduled for MRIs to complete my claim.  As to when those  MRI appointments will happen, who knows, but it seems that there is a possibility that I’ll get them done early next year.  We’re hopeful.  That would be a great, after Christmas present.

We’re thankful for all the many blessings we have and our fulltime RV life.  It always works out for the best, but at times, the holiday season can wear us old folks out.  But then, looks like we’re not the only ones that can use a nap!  :c)


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  1. Glad you had a nice Christmas and were able to spend it with family!! That really is what makes the celebration special:o))

    We are sending positive vibes that you get those MRI's early in 2014 and perhaps can still salvage a little time in Florida!! Hope 2014 is the year you are rolling again:o))

  2. Looks like you are enjoying an awesome Christmas with your family. Lovely pictures!

  3. Your post shows how Christmas morning is really all about the kids. And thank goodness for technology that lets you see what is going on anywhere. Prayers that you get those MRI's sooner rather than later. Those wheels aren't going to know how to move.

  4. That gift mahem sure sounds familiar:). Technology sure is a gteat thing for our mobile and far flung lives!

  5. Isn't Skype a wonderful thing? "Almost" like being there! Glad you were with family for the holiday.

  6. So wonderful that you could see the holidays at each of your children's homes. Kids and Christmas are made for each other. I'm crossing my fingers about those MRI's. Don't you just wish they would have done all this while you were waiting for your house to sell. SIGH......

  7. looks like it was a great family Christmas!! glad that everyone had a ton of fun!!!

  8. We really missed that Christmas morning mayhem this year with all the wrapping paper and boxes scattered about. It was great to see your pics though to remind us that its the only way to really enjoy opening Christmas presents.

    Merry Christmas and enjoy the rest of the holidays.

  9. Fingers crossed on those MRI's. That would indeed be a nice Christmas present!

  10. Sorry you weren't able to spend Christmas with all the grand kids, but it looks like you managed just fine.

    I hope the VA gets you taken care of soon so that you can leave SC, and maybe even head to the Keys....

  11. Looks like a great time was had by all...those near and those far :) I think Skype is a wonderful thing!
    Good luck with the MRI. Fingers crossed for you.

  12. Glad you had a nice Christmas and with family all over the country, your journey makes a perfect house.

  13. Looks like a merry gift opening was had by all.