Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas Day, 2007

Christmas Eve with all the kids was a blast to say the least. We all ate like we'd never had a full breakfast. Even the grandsons ate as if they'd been working outside all day. We had a Southern Country Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, peppered bacon, country ham, sausage gravy, home make biscuits, and a big bowl of mixed fresh fruit. Of course there was also plenty of butter, jellies, honey, etc. It may sound hokey but we all enjoyed eating this food - we don't often have a really big breakfast. It's a treat for us.

When it came time to open gifts, Papa (aka Harry) filled in for Santa.
(As an aside comment. Harry painted the picture in the background.)

True to form, the eldest grandson is interested in the toy. (Bumble Bee Transformer)
The youngest is checking out the wrapping paper.
He likes to keep samples of all wrapping paper.


The absolute highlight of gifts was the armor that the eldest son made for the grandsons (his nephews). It was a monumental task in that each scale and the base had to be assembled and attached by hand from very basic material. He makes the armor according to historical descriptions. This armor is constructed so that it can be adjusted to size as the boys grow. This gift can - and hopefully will - be handed down to generations. Folks, below you are looking at a gift of pure love!
The eldest grandson being outfitted for the first time
by his uncle who made this awesome gift.

The grandsons admiring their newest treasure.
They were really proud of their "really, real armor."

Today Harry and I are being quiet old farts. Harry gave me a gift certificate good for an all inclusive trip to the beach whenever I want to go and for however long I want to stay. (Is that dangerous or what?) Harry's gift is a Garvin GPS thingy so we can find our way to the beach and back home again. Remember we are old and need all the help we can get. Our three sons and families are enjoying their Christmas day together. We're sure our daughter and her family are having a wonderful Christmas in Phoenix with her husband's family. We miss her but are glad she has family there and is happy.

8 comments:

Cheryl said...

It was a pleasure sharing your Christmas morning with you. Your grandsons are so cute and the armor? Amazing. Enjoy the rest of your day. I'm looking forward to a few quiet hours. Look for something new from me!

happyone said...

Wow, that armor is quite amazing. What a lot work that must be to make them.
The breakfast sounds wonderful. It makes me full just thinking of all that food.
Enjoy your relaxing day.

SOUL: said...

sounds like great fun---yet again. and a GPS-- surely you don't get lost as often as me? lol
can i go to the beach too? :))
those armour outfits are about the coolest thing ever--did they like them?
merry christmas

Cheryl said...

Home sweet home. All alone. Me and my laptop are headed upstairs where I'll put on my PJs and relax.

Here's the link to the Blintz recipe. I hope you try it!

http://www.cooks.com/rec/doc/0,168,146182-232202,00.html

Cheryl said...

Me again. I can see that that link didn't copy right. I'll just paste the recipe here since it's easy.

BLINTZ CASSEROLE

12 frozen cheese blintzes
1/4 c. melted butter
4 eggs
1 1/2 c. sour cream
1/4 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Pinch of salt

Melt butter to cover 13 x 9 inch baking pan. Put 12 frozen blintzes in pan. Beat together eggs, sour cream, sugar, vanilla and salt. Pour egg mixture over blintzes. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Bake at 325 to 350 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes.

And here's something funny. I just realized that I used frozen potato blinzes by mistake. And it was fantastic. I'll have to try it sometime with cheese blintzes. The store I went to only had the potato ones.

Mary said...

Thanks, Cheryl. Responded on your blog.

Happyone & Soul. It was a lot of work - almost 2 months of evenings and weekends. The boys are so proud of the armor. They saw some of their Uncle Joe's work and have coveted it for over a year. It will become a full suit over time if the boy's interest continues.

Summer said...

Everyone is so talented in your family. The armor is very cool. And that Christmas present would be very dangerous if it was given to me. Very.

Happy Wednesday!

SOUL: said...

i can't wait to see the full armour. well, assuming we blog that long. :))

btw--- what the heck is a cheese blintz? :))