Christmas with Family, Part 1

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The Holiday Season can be challenging for those without family and friends to celebrate.  For me the fall season in general has always been a wonderful time of year, but a few years back it was also a difficult time.  So I appreciate that the season may be difficult for some.  

Since that time I've focused on my  daughters and their families more than ever.  This holiday season I'm travelling to visit my daughters!  Thanksgiving was spent in Ames, Iowa with my daughter Erin and granddaughter Emma!  

(Pictured above is Erin's Christmas Cactus!)

My granddaughter, Emma, is a  very bright, spunky 8 year old who used to call me "Fluffy" as a term of endearment.  Although now she calls me Grandma Jan :) 

Erin and EmmaEmma feeding pet goatsDowntown Ames

Times like these are so special so throughout the year, I plan where I'll go to visit each family.  Erin is a nurse at the local hospital so I'm mindful of her schedule and she plans for days off to make it work. 

Swinging in the parkHomer the guard dogThe Elf teepee'd the tree!

This is the second year in a row visiting Erin for Thanksgiving.  Last year we made an entire dinner with just the 3 of us.  LOTS of leftovers and we had a great time cooking in Erin's kitchen.  She lives in downtown Ames in a 100 year old house near the hospital. 

 

Emma loves to swing and we go for walks regularly to the local park and to downtown Ames, 2 blocks away.    Her dog, Homer, is ever vigilant so that nothing happens to her.  Normaly he's smiling, but I surprised him with a quick snapshot. Homer loves his walks!

Emma's elf, however, surprised all of us by tee peeing the tree!  Erin follows our ritual of decorating the Christmas tree after Thanksgiving dinner so the next day - Emma awoke to this little prankster! 

We had a great visit and it's always hard to leave.  Each of my daughters are uniquely different and I appreciate all of their differences.  Erin holds a Fine Arts degree from USC and is currently an RN working on her masters in nursing.  She is engaged!  We're all excited for her wedding and look forward to an outdoor wedding maybe next summer?  

I hope you and your loved ones are celebrating in your own style this year!  

This post is part of the Christmas Challenge by Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker  & Carol Williams !  

https://activerain.com/blogsview/5594230/holiday-fun-and-cheer-december-challenge-

 

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Trish Cole
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Have a wonderful family holiday!

Dec 23, 2020 09:56 AM #1
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker
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Hi Jan Green loved your story!  Little Emma sounds like a cutie.  Great new on your daughter being engaged. And.....of course the toilet paper tree is so darn funny!  Laughing my head off about that one! 

Dec 23, 2020 10:26 AM #2
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Jan,

What a story of love and fun, and we wish you many more moments like these as 2020 draws to a close.  A

Dec 23, 2020 10:47 AM #3
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Ed Silva
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You have the holidays well planned and hopefully when they decorated the tree they allowed for that gold wrap to be recycled

Dec 23, 2020 07:21 PM #4
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Nina Hollander
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Hi Jan... loved your post! And I've actually been to Ames, Iowa. I know there aren't a lot of people who can say that. At the end of the day, there's nothing quite like celebrating any holiday with those we love most. Wishing you a most enjoyable Christmas 2020. And congratulations on Erin's engagement!

Dec 24, 2020 05:01 AM #5
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Roy Kelley
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Enjoy the time with your family.

Have a Very Special Christmas.

Dec 25, 2020 12:10 PM #6
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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Sounds like you had a very nice Thanksgiving. My daughter quarantined and then drove here to  have an early Thanksgiving with us. It was so special as we are really missing spending the holidays with our kids and grandkids. It's hard. Next year. 

Dec 28, 2020 07:45 AM #7
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Jan Green - What a nice holiday! I enjoyed reading all about it. Your family is so beautiful and special to you. I wish more visits can be planned. I know how difficult it is. Family is everything and when you can't be a part of each other's lives, it makes holidays hard on everyone. 

Feb 03, 2021 03:02 AM #8
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Jan Green
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Somehow I didn't see these messages!  A crazy time of year, travelling to see my girls!  Thank you so much @Trish Cole for commenting! Likwise, I hope yours was fulfilling! 

Feb 03, 2021 12:16 PM #9
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Jan Green
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A bit late Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker but your thoughts are still very much appreciated.  My girls are so different and I love treasuring each of them, cooking, decorating, we had fun!   So excited to see Erin soon, hopefully!  Emma is a pistol!

Feb 03, 2021 12:17 PM #10
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Jan Green
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Thank you Ron and Alexandra Seigel !  So sorry for my belated reply.  Somehow missed all of the comments on this post.  Hoping your year is off to a great start!

Feb 03, 2021 12:18 PM #11
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Jan Green
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Ed Silva thank you for your comments!  What appears to be gold wrap is actually t-paper!  The elf t-p'd the tree, so not exactly recyclable but definitely biodegradable!  

Feb 03, 2021 12:19 PM #12
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Jan Green
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Nina Hollander that sounds like an interesting story waiting to be told, Ames, Iowa.  What a fun coincidence!

Erin lives 2 blocks from their downtown so it's a regular habit for us to walk and hit all the shops and Emma of course hits the park with the swings.  Erin's dog, Homer, is sometimes with us.  A spry Australian Shepherd who loves to bounce.  Hope your holidays were merry.  Thank you for commenting! 

Feb 03, 2021 12:20 PM #13
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Jan Green
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So happy for you guys Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD that your daughter was able to visit for Thanksgiving, even if it was early.  Those times are so special during all of this craziness!  Hope your year is off to a great start and vaccines are being given everywhere!  

Feb 03, 2021 12:22 PM #14
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Jan Green
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Thank you for commenting Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP !  Your comment prompted to catch up on commenting on others' comments.  That was a crazy time of year with back to back trips to visit my other daughter in Dallas, not pictured but pictured here :)  Happy February Patricia! 

Christmas in Texas before Christmas!

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