I got gift cards to Outback, Don’s Seafood, Shoe Station, The Mall of Louisiana and J. C. Penney’s! As I said before, I have no idea how much each of them is worth. When I go to the store or out to eat, it will be like a Scratch-Off! Let the spending begin! I also got some clothes, which was nice.

We had guests like rolling thunder yesterday. As soon as one group would leave, another set of people would come in. We had more people eating my Gumbo than ever. Good thing I made a big pot. Our grandson, Ryland, who was home from his ship in Mayport, FL, called late last night and said, “I’ll take everything that you have left back to the ship with me”. Barbara had already cooked him a big pot of Red Beans & Rice on Tuesday. That boy can eat!

We had a great time. The great grand boy got an electric car from his Aunt Lizzie. He also got a host of other gifts from all of his kin-folks and parents.

The kids pooled their money and purchased their step-father a very nice electric range for his home. We also gave him a set of pots and pans.

Granny-Barbara was the big winner, outside of my cache of cards. She got all kinds of clothing, Victoria’s Secret, Jewelry, money, items for her car and gift cards. All in all it was a good Christmas.

We started off the day at 7:00am Church. The sermon was about the Christmas Story, but from a different prospective. One of our assistant Rev. had done some research into the events and genealogy leading up to the birth of Christ. For once we were not looking at out watches saying, when is he going to end this thing!

I cooked the Gumbo, Dirty Rice and Collard Greens (with good old heart attack Ham Hocks!). Once per year, maybe twice, we can go overboard. Barbara did the green beans, corn bread, rolls, dressing, lots of rice and we also had a small TurDucHen, courtesy of my good friends, Rudy & Brenda Slaughter, over in Tallahassee, FL.. We had sent them a dozen large crabs and three rolls of Louisiana Seafood Boudin. We also had enough deserts to feed a small army (which I think did pass through here)! We had 17 for the sit-down dinner and I know at least 15-20 others passed by here, not including the small children.
Dec. 26, 2013

Christmas Family Photos