The first leg of our Christmas round robin trip was North of Williston ND to visit our Youngest daughter Melissa, husband Tim and their children. The weather and roads were great for mid December. We will not have pictures of the 4 children since they are foster children. We had a lovely time while spending several days from Dec 13th until the 17th with them.
December 14th Divine worship service started out with 15 minute children s program. Concordia Lutheran is a beautiful church and we enjoyed worshiping with our family.
After the Church service and before Bible class and Sunday school, we had an opportunity to take some nice family pictures. Above is a nice picture of Tim and Melissa.
|Little kid foot print snowmen and the painting from Grandma Hanssen.|
We had so much fun making Chrismons
for another tree decoration. They were printed off on card stock paper, cut out and outlined with either silver or gold glitter glue. It was fun and they turned out so lovely. Each one has a special Christ centered message.
This Chrismon project took some time but was well worth it.
Next old fashioned project was cut out Ginger Bread men. It was so fun to watch the excitement of the children as they cut them out and decorated with frosting outline.
We had so many good things to eat. Here you will see Melissa carving a big juicy ham and also poring the gravy for our special early Christmas meal.
Jeff has a special friend when we go to Melissas. It takes no time for Ruby kitty to get on his lap to relax. She loves him, we know that she misses her best friend Ansir since he has left to spend time in California with his birth family. We all miss him but is nice to talk to him from time to time and hear how things are going for him. He plans to attend college next fall.
We had a fun evening of early gift opening. We enjoyed watching the children open and enjoy their gifts. It seems children add that special bit of excitement and joy for Christmas. Below you will see Melissa and Tim both with their gift. As I look at the picture of Melissa, I see a little hand pointing out a bird on her new apron and also a sippy cup in background that reflects the young children in the home.
|YEP, it is the right size, it should fit!|
Dipping butter pretzel sticks and waffle pretzels in almond bark. It didn't take long with little hands to help.
They loved helping especially since they got to eat most of the broken ones. Some of these would be sent with us as we traveled to my mother, Melissa's Grandma would enjoy this special Christmas treat.
Below Melissa hangs a ribbon with Ginger Bread cookies. It added a festive look to the already decorated living room.