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CHRISTMAS 2009 – Nana's Nook



the last week has been a whirl wind, as i am sure all of you have experienced! i felt pretty bad for james and shel and eliza with all the miles they had under their belts! a trip from georgia, here with us, up to hebron for the vanderbrandt get together, back down here, over to westpoint with some of his family, back here for church, down to frankfort for more of his family, back here, up to hebron, for some of shels extended family, over to laporte with sibs then next day to other side of laporte for our side, then down to dav and whits on their trip home! i’m tired just thinking about all the miles they had to do!!! and james’ comment was…. i just get in the car and shel tells me where we need to be! and he said it so sincere and wasn’t sarcastic at all about it, he then said… if this is what we need to do to be with family, i will do it:) james, it was so hard to say goodbye to you, not really knowing if we will see you again before you ship out……..God be with you, stay safe, we love you.

not to mention ua and a, but they are used to traveling the world over:) and dav and whit too! how did we all get so spread out!?! give them wings……and they fly!

before church on Christmas eve


we again attended st. james for the candlelight service and filled up 2 pews with our family and adrienne’s family, and james brother dustin and new fiance.

these were taken at st. james, Christmas eve night,

the new mr and mrs vandercar

mr and mrs vandercar

mr. and mrs rockhill and eliza

the rockhills

mr and mrs vandercar and enola

the vandercars

the kids

the girls all dressed up for church in their christmas dresses


got home at 1 oclock in the morning and papa read the night before christmas for the new babies…..


it was hysterical and fun, if you want to see the movie check out papas place………enola kept looking up at him and then eliza started crying and enola then joined in:) when papa gave the team a whistle…it suddenly got quiet……… we were all cracking up, it made Christmas having the little ones here…. got up and  did the whole vandercar thing then on to luke and tammys and did the whole thing over again and then up in the morning  and over to chris and pegs and did the whole elser thing, we enjoyed being with family, but i do have to admit, i think all of this is getting to be tooooooo much, i think a vacation for christmas sounds like a wonderful idea for me:) not sure if i could get papa to agree?????

we need a trip to minnesota for the forgotten stockings for UA and A…i was so mad at myself for not being able to remember everything!!!!

i am exhausted, i will leave you with a few pics, it was wonderful having joshua and adrienne with us for their first Christmas together as husband and wife:)

everyone enjoyed holding the babies



this is the older girls in their pjs in laporte the night of Christmas…………………….sister chicks!


all the kids got new pjs, heres a pic of whit and enola and shel and eliza


i didn’t get to get a pic of luke and tammys kids in their new christmas pjs, i was really wanting a pic of all 5 of the grandbabies in their pjs and no pics of emma and evia and levi in their Christmas outfits…………..

my camera didn’t get brought out when they were dressed up, cause we weren’t with them all dressed up!… you’ll have to check out the pics on my old blog for them at their church the week before……in fact i don’t have pics of their family together, and the only pic i have of luke is at stephs playing with “shoot the moon”

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here is a pic of me reading to emma and evia


levi opening presents



got it!……….thanks for the help UA………

more pics in next post

3 replies on “CHRISTMAS 2009”

you added a few miles to our trip. we didn’t get to be there for the vanderbrandt Christmas, or church. think you are confusing some of our miles with dav and whit’s. 🙂

thanks again for everything!


oops you’re right, it was dav and whit that made the trip two weekends in a row! it was all a blur!
love you and glad you are home safe

man, our smiles aren’t very real in this one. i think it’s because that was like flash number 8 and we were seeing stars at this point! i’ll have to send you one where we look genuinely happy that it’s our first Christmas. Could you email me the sisters in pjs pic–I don’t have that on my camera. Love you!
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