Monday, November 30, 2009

PRE-Christmas JOY

For many years, although Christmas has been a truly joyous occasion in the Gibson home, it has also been a "rushed" season. There never seemed to be the time to get everything ready in a leisurely manner. Today is November 30th. I woke up this morning to beautiful blue skies, nippy weather, and NOTHING on the agenda except getting ready for Christmas.
Oh, the joy of retirement!
The Plan
Enjoy a leisurely Pre-Christmas Season!

Wishing you and yours a joyous Pre-Christmas.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Thanksgiving 2009

David and I have spent almost all of our 37 Thankgsivings in Houston with my family but this year felt different and very special because we were visitors from out of town. Here are a few random shots of the day.
My mom and Aunt Wilma, my dad's sister. My brother Lynn is in the background cooking. We celebrated at his and his wife Terry's new home.
Nephew Andrew
The big cousins and Aunt Kim
Nephew Jon and Aunt Kim
Nephews Philip, Josh and Joseph playing football
Nephews Joseph and Michael
Niece Bethany
Nephew Matthew and Great Nephew Andrew--before Andrew came along, Matthew was the youngest. Hard to believe from this picture. He is now a freshman football player.
Niece Jenny
Aunt Gail--also taking photos
Niece Stacie and the youngest great nephew Nathan
Poppy visiting with Philip (it is razor free November at least for Philip and Josh)
Uncle Randy and a friend who works with my brother Lynn
Nephew Joseph and Niece Emily

Unfortunately, I didn't get photos of everyone but we had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
God has blessed our family richly!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Sweetie and Poppy's 60th Wedding Anniversary

2009 has been a year of many big events in our family.
Not only did both of my parents celebrate their 80th birthdays, but they also celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary. Of course, we had a party. Our family looks for any reason to celebrate and this was a big one.

I'll explain more later about the very special scrapbook they are reading.

Although Poppy and Sweetie's grandson Jon and his wife Bethany (far right on couch) live in Arkansas, they were able to be home for the big event. That was especially important because although each member of the family had a part in creating the scrapbook, Jon is the creative genius who put it all together.

The cake was beautiful as well as delicious.

Each family brought a bouquet of flowers to celebrate the day.

The very special scrapbook that the family wrote and Jon put together was entitled
"The Things We Have Learned from Sweetie and Poppy".
I will include some of the quotes below, but if you ever want to read all the things that we have learned, ask to see the book when you visit Sweetie and Poppy's house or the homes of any of their children. We all have a copy to help us remember the lessons they have taught us.

The following are only a few of the many things we have learned from Sweetie and Poppy. Some of these lessons are silly, some are more serious. Some we learned many years ago and some we learned just the other day. All of these lessons have stuck with us through the years and have helped us stay on the right path. A fun, beautiful path.

Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.
Proverbs 22:6

If your family is happy and laughs a lot, your friends will like to spend time at your home.

Good grandparents will drive their great grandson to Texarkana to escape a hurricane even though they are headed to Dallas.

Poppy used his saw and tools to make the best toy trains when I was little, and then pulled them out to help me make an "indo board" in college even though he didn't know what in the world it was. Anything for a grandson.

There are no in-laws, just sons and daughters.

If you need a tool, Poppy has it.
If he doesn't have it, Terry already borrowed it.
If Terry doesn't have Poppy's tool, Mike probably does.

If you get hit by a car, and your parents are in Hawaii, no one will take better care of you than Sweetie and Poppy.

When your children are cranky, it is because they are teething or they are tired.

Butterflies and Rainbows is way better than Girl Scouts.

Only adults are allowed to laugh at the dinner table.

When you are stressing over the newest childhood issue, just remember "This too shall pass."

Love your grandchildren with all your heart and they will love you back.

Happy Anniversary (Again) Sweetie and Poppy!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Poppy's 80th Birthday

Another big event in 2008 was my dad, Poppy's, 80th birthday. Poppy has been a great Patriarch of our large family. He is the true example of a Christian father, father-in-law, grandfather and great-grandfather .
Poppy's motto has always been "eat the dessert first."

Poppy and his girls

Nathan, great grandson, enjoyed the party.

As always when our family gets together, there is lots of laughter. When I was a teenager, one of my friends told me that she loved coming to my house because we always laughed a lot.

Sweetie and Poppy--Married 60 Years!

Great Grandsons Andrew and Nathan enjoy posing on Aunt Kim's front porch
at the end of the party.

Make a wish!

Granddaughter Stacie. This is a classic Poppy pose. Always ready with a big hug.

Everyone sings "Happy Birthday" including great grandson Caleb.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Sweetie's 80th Birthday

Please excuse me while I do some blog catching up. I seem to have a little more time to blog than just a few months ago when I was working full time.
As many of you know who follow my blog, my mom's grandma name is Sweetie, and the name fits her perfectly. Well, Sweetie turned 80 on April 13, 2009 so the girls decided to do something special for her. We transformed my sister Kim's house into a Tea Room and surprised her with a fun evening.
We do love Sweetie, as does everyone who meets her. We have had the delight of sharing her with lots of other families through the years.

The Tea Room food tasted as good as it looked.

The entryway table. Sweetie is a master at writing encouraging notes
so we each gave her notecards.

Another view of the food.

Look at all the wonderful pictures that have been collected throughout the years.

Checking out the pictures.

Good memories.

A good night was had not only by Sweetie, but by all her "girls" as well.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Aunts and Their Nephews

Little boys do things with their aunts at age 2 1/2 that they will never dream of doing again. Thank goodness for cameras.

Here, let me help with that lipstick.
Oops! A little too much blush!
Aunt Kelly's not so sure about this.
Let's see what I can find to put on your face.
I think I'll use my hand instead of the powder puff.
What a gentle little guy!
How about some eye shadow?
Let me just rub it in a bit.
So this is what a powder puff is for.

When Caleb's a few years older, he won't believe these pictures.

Kelly and Adrian's Visit to the Springs

Hope you enjoy the highlights of Kelly and Adrian's recent visit to Colorado Springs as much as we enjoyed having them here.
Can you see our future grandchild in this picture? Isn't she/he cute?
Karen, Kelly and Adrian
David, Kelly and Adrian
Don't let Balancing Rock fall on our future grandchild (or Kelly and Adrian of course).
Caleb enjoys playing with his Aunt Kelly.
Uncle Adrian playing "Squish the Buggie" with Caleb.
Wish you could hear the gale of giggles coming from that little guy!
And the real reason for the visit. The Pittsburgh Steelers were playing the Denver Broncos in Monday night football. The guys got to enjoy the game live and in person and Adrian (who is from Pittsburgh) was very happy with the outcome.

Can't wait for their next visit!