Amid all other influences

Amid all other influences
"reaching for the light"

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Christmas at G Mountain

Christmas time below G Mountain is a specal time for us. We prepare long in advance to make this a wonderful Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. This year was no exception. The only thing that could have made things better was to have all our children and their families here to celebrate it together.
We have been blessed to have at least some of our family here in the past and this year, our daughter Erin and her family relocated back to PG. So now we have family close by, just down the street and up a block. For them, it was a welcome relief to have their home remodeling just about completed. They did a mavelous job on it.

So, in keeping with our family tradition, we celebrated Christmas Eve together, this time at Erin and Mark's home. As in the past, we had close family friends join us. For them, it most likely be their last time here in Utah Valley since they are selling their resturant and relocating to the deep south, Mississippi. It will be sad to see them go. We had a nice dinner and time spent together. After the dinner with program and singing, we came home to prepare for Christmas. The boys, George, Henry, and Teddy, were wound up. so after getting them down to bed and we started rearranging our living room for our Christmas gift opening. Jo relaxed by playing the piano as seen here while there was some last minute wrapping going on.

And so all the presents were laid out while the children rested in their bed with dreams of presents to be opened when they woke up.
We had fun putting presents under the tree by the light of christmas tree bulbs.
Here is a picture of Mark and Erin with their boys. Just enough to get them all together since the boys were very excited it being Christmas Eve.

Here is grandson Theodore wading through the presents on the floor. He finally got into the mood and was excited to explore the presents.

Ipo was very tolerent with Bubba, Erin and Mark's dog. He's fairly behaved and endearing. They got along well enough not to give us any concern except to let them out frequently to go potty.
As for Bubba, he's taken to Erin's family very well. That afternoon, George came down to our home to play games (PS2) and along came Bubba with him trapesing through the snow.

We want to wish all our family and friends a Merry Christmas season and Happy New Years. Thank you for those cards and letters at this time of the year. We are grateful to here from you and how you have been. We wish you all the best in the new year, joy and peace. Mahalo nui loa,
Sterling and Jo