Susan and the girls went back to school after their Christmas break on January 4TH. So they were all in school but Kevin had another week before he had to go back himself. Because I would be there during the day with Kevin, we were put in charge of our holiday meal for Thursday night. We planned it, shopped for the groceries and then began the preparations before Susan and the girls got out of school.
We had decided on fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green been casserole, whipped jello salad with strawberries and whipped cream on top, and a vegetable salad that Beverly made. We also would be having some lefse that I had made and brought with me. Dessert was an Angel Food birthday cake that Beverly had made for Suzanna's birthday, which was December 30TH. It was going to be a good old fashioned feast!
Dad and Beverly arrived at Kevin's about 2:30PM. When the girls were getting out of school, Kevin and Dad went to pick them up. Even though their schools are within blocks of their house, a ride home was in order due to the below zero temperatures. Kevin and I had picked them up the day before in my Escape. They didn't know who's car to look for and were surprised to see me! Today, they were in for another surprise, not expecting to see Grandpa's car!
Once Susan arrived home she helped me in the kitchen. I fried the chicken, Susan and I peeled the potatoes and she cooked and mashed them. I made gravy in the chicken pan with all the good drippings, she made the green bean casserole and Kevin and I had made the whipped jello salad earlier in the day.
The table with all the food that Susan, Kevin and I prepared.
After we finished eating, we went down stairs to commence opening gifts. Here is their pretty tree.
It was evident by their reactions just much they couldn't believe what they had gotten! And they loved it! There were tears and even a "happy dance"! Along with the console, we gave them extra gaming accessories and some games. They had other presents from other relatives that had been put away until they had opened this gift. They were more games still, and a gift card to use for their choice of games.
The girls were ecstatic over their gift! Our family chipped in and bought the Wii game system for them.Kevin, Beverly, Dad and Abigail. The blur is Hillary.
Hillary (Abigail in the chair)
After gift opening, it was late enough that the girls had to go to bed. They still had school the next day. And Dad and Beverly and I would all be going home. Kevin had to work part of the day on Friday as well, which required a drive to MT.
It was a great time being with family for Christmas 2009, even if the calendar showed January 7TH, 2010! It felt like December 25TH, 2009! But we missed Cathy! She stayed in Oregon for the holiday as she had traveled back to the midwest twice during 2009.
I'm anxious to find out how the girls are doing with their new present, the Wii!