Busy with Blessings

December has flown by and was so busy and full of blessings!

Bobby's parents celebrated 40 years of marriage on the 5th of December, so we took them out for a really nice dinner.  All they wanted was to be with their kids and grand-kids, so it was really special.

Our little Wright Family
Cody, myself, Bobby, Roger, Mandy & Thomas
Carla and Tammy
Mom & Dad, celebrating 40 years of marriage!

Just arriving...

My loves...

Look at this free dessert you get after 40 years of marriage!
On the 15th, Carla had her school Christmas Program, so Cody came out and we all got to enjoy some adorableness.  Carla was her usual animated self and several people came up to me after the program saying what a great job she did.

All ready to go!

My kids 
Carla and one of her besties 

The 3rd Grade... can you spot our little ham?

All of the elementary students...

On the 18th of December, we celebrated both Bobby's 42nd birthday as well as Grandma Morgan's 93rd birthday! Grandma's birthday is the 18th and Bobby's is the 19th, so as long as Bobby and I have been together, we've been celebrating their birthdays together.  It was really fun.

Grandma & Bobby

Dad, Grandma & Aunt Dianne hold  up the presents Auntie Jeannette sent.

It means so much to Bobby that he has been able to celebrate with Grandma every year.

Getting ready to eat :)
On the 19th we celebrated Bobby's birthday!  He and I went to the new Star Wars movie and then got together with with the Wright family for our annual tempura fry off!  We get all kinds of stuff (proteins and veggies) cut them up and fry them up Japanese tempura style. This tradition started when Bobby was just a kid. His parents set up a fryer in the garage and the three of them had fun frying one piece at a time. As the family has grown, so have our ambitions... Last year we had bought a turkey fryer... talk about simplifying the process! Fun fact, tempura fried mushrooms are amazing!

Getting ready to see Rouge One... We were the only ones in the theater at this point.  
The 18th was also the final day of school for Bobby.   So, after we got done in Helena, we came home and he polished off his last paper for school.  That being said, his birthday was even more awesome because he didn't have any schoolwork to do!  Yay!!!

The week of the 19th was busy with shopping and getting ready for Christmas. Christmas Eve finally arrived and Carla, Bobby and I piled in the car and headed to Helena.  The roads were pretty well dry on the way there, but we knew a storm was coming, so we ended up having to cut our day short and head home before dark. This was disappointing because we had planned on going to my Grandpa's on the night of Christmas Eve, but we just didn't want to have to drive around on terrible roads in the dark. In Helena, my Dad and Sue had Grandma Morgan, Andy, Bill, Tristan and baby Kamden over as well as us.  Sue made a delicious roast and then we opened presents. We had to leave around 3:00, but it was a really nice time.

Our little Wright Family, minus one.

Bobby & I
Dad & Sue 

Playing piano with Grandma

Grandma and her Grand babies

Andy with his Snapcat shirt, we think it looks like him :)

Kamden got really tired and needed to lay down, Grandpa had to join him...
Bill and Tristan with Carla

Loving up Grandma Morgan

I thought about taking this adorable little guy home with us. 

On our way home - yikes!  

Once we made it home to Cascade we finished wrapping presents, made Chicken Marsala for dinner and  the kids (Cody, Tom and Mandy) trickled in. We did presents around 10:00 and fun was had by all! We finally got to bed around midnight and Carla woke us up at 6:30 to do presents from Santa as well as from Bobby and I.  She is such a sweetheart and really takes her time unwrapping and enjoying the moment.  Most kids rip through presents like crazy kids, Carla takes in every moment, plays with and enjoys every gift. It's really neat.

Let the opening begin!

Look what Papa got!

Thomas is finally old enough to understand the importance of getting socks for Christmas.

Soft jammies for Mandy

Holy art set!

Everyone knows I like to cook...

... and Aunt Carol likes to be organized...

Tammy got the Harry Potter bluerays from Tom and Mandy...
Bobby and I therefore got Roger a blueray player...

I got Mom an electric throw... She's always cold and has declared this gift was perfect.

Mario, with his new toy

Carla and Mario, Christmas morning.

She's such a sweetheart :)
On the 26th I couldn't help but to be myself and take all the decorations down, find a place for all of the new stuff and get the house cleaned up.  Now it feels like home again, instead of a disaster area.

May the new year bring many blessings!!!

Carla has a biopsy on the 4th in Seattle. Please pray for nothing but good news.

Love, Jen

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