Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas With Family in Washington

Christmas this year was spent with my sister and her family and Joe's Son and daughter and their family. We went up to Bonney Lake on a Thursday and look what we woke up to Friday morning. It was just beautiful. There was an inch or less, and about 3" In Redmond. Just enough to make every thing beautiful!

I love it that Jan has a candle (electric) in the front windows. 

Her neighbor has a Palm in the yard and I thought it was beautiful with snow on it.

Jan got Joe to paint an old sled she found at a garage sale a few years ago.  I didn't get a picture of it, but when it was dry, she added greenery and a beautiful red bow and it now stands by the front door.

Remember my last post, the fun we had at Watsons, a nursery/gift store? Well guess what. We found another one, this time in Woodinville, Washington. It was all about Christmas. We ate at the little Cafe there. The food was wonderful

But this time we had to behave ourselves because Joe was with us......so you won't see any "Where's Waldo" Pictures or Jan framing her face with a wreath. Nope we were really good girls this time.

But we still had a wonderful time. There were Carolers dressed in Victorian Attire that sang in beautiful harmony. And if you look close on the right of the picture, a gentleman was carrying a basket full of candy canes and passed them out to those of us standing around listening to the beautiful carols.

After finishing the gift shop area and the great lunch at the little cafe, wandered out to the actual nursery area and I found a desert friend....
Monday we met Joe's daughter Kelly and treated the grand kids to Pizza while She had lunch with a friend. We love spending time with them. Here Joe is in awe of how this talented Grandson playing with my iphone can land a jet and take off of an aircraft carrier and has never played the game before.
After lunch we had some time, so we found this really cool store full of hands on games. While they were trying them out with grandpa, grandma Betty was busy buying three of their favorites.... They played right in to that one and were wondering after they opened the gifts how I did that.

Joe was at Ted Brown Music Company in Tacoma, looking for some Christmas music for him and his grand daughter to play. She plays the Tuba. His  son met us at the music store after he got off work. Now here the fun begins and I'll finish the story later.

Christmas Eve at Jan's house with her son and family. A beautiful evening, with soup, salads and finger foods.

A beautiful fire in the fireplace sets the mood for the rest of the evening.

A family tradition passed down from father to son, the story of Jesus birth is read before opening our gifts.

A family picture followed before ending the evening. Those three youngsters needed to get home and get to bed. Christmas comes early.

Christmas Day we headed for Joe's daughters home in Redmond. We had a wonderful brunch, spent time visiting, and then opened gifts. Remember I said we were at a music store in Tacoma and Joe's son joined us there?  Joe didn't have a clue, this was all planned. He thought his son was looking and dreaming about a new Trombone for himself and wanted to show his dad. Joe looked at it with him, drooled over it, paid for the song books he picked out and we were off.... and Rob went off in a different direction with that new trombone in his truck.

Do you see the look of shock on Joe's face?  That trombone was a gift from his kids. We thought maybe he would cry.... nope he was speechless. But some of us had the tears.

He showed us what it sounded like, and then  spent time in another room playing it until his lips were sore. 

We had a wonderful Christmas Day.