26 December 2019 | Key Largo, FL
It was a full day that started with Jaxon opening his gift from his best ear scratcher and co-owner of Camp Newland, Robin. So our grandson Ian has developed a dog toy as part of a school program of inventing, marketing, and developing a business strategy. He got a pretty good grade on his business plan but better than that he has quite a few satisfied “customers”. While visiting with Ian, Robin purchased had purchased one for Jaxon and boy does he love it!
We sit on our devices sending the Merry Christmas message to friends and loved ones while we await the grandchildren’s call. And then it happens. PopPop and Gigi get a full blown tour of everything including the sugary goodness that was stuffed in their stockings. Their big gift from Santa were new bikes which was something they all really needed as they are growing so fast. Santa knows when to do these things! AMAZING. Anyhow after seeing all of their goodies we got to chat with their parents. It was so good to see them all.
Next we would call Jen and check in with she and Janek. Their day starts a little later than the Priddy’s 6:00 wake up. LOL actually Ian woke somewhere around 3:30 and was told to read for a while. He fell back to sleep until 0600 hours. I may be sixty but I remember those days.
Anyhow Jen is at her mom’s and Janek is with his mother. Poor guy is sick with a cold but we got to visit via Hangouts with Jen, Susan and Paul for a few. Jen and Janek will do Christmas later in the evening. Their tree was beautiful and looked for festive. Jen said there was not a branch without an ornament on it. I am sure it was fun decorating.
Now to check on our host and hostess. We are having dinner with about thirteen folks at Mari-Etta and Ed’s. I am making Brussel sprouts and cranberries with a balsamic reduction drizzled atop. There will be ham, turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, Brussel sprouts, rolls, gravy, rice pudding and desserts. Enough for thirteen people!
As I walk in the door Dave and Marcellas are busy working on peas, corn, mashed potatoes, rolls and such. I get busy cutting the jellied cranberry into trees and heart shapes. Dave has the turkey going in at Mari-Etta’s and the ham going in the oven at his place (the train) across the way. We have accomplished all we can until the time to bring it all together so I depart to prepare the brussel sprout dish and hope to catch my family at my younger brothers home.
Everyone was running late but it seems they were all there....so we connected via FaceTime with the help of Mike and Erika. First was my Dad. The one thing I want to stress more than anything here is that he got his Christmas wish....he wanted to be surrounded by his family and he truly was!
There were a few missing but this year was what they call in the NFL, a bye. We have so many that have multiple families these days and everyone feels pulled to be in several places. So this year there was no set “meet at” time but just an open door at Mark and Sylvia’s. So Merry Christmas Dad! Next we would see my sister, brother and sister in law and then the rest of the family that had come during that time. We were able to see a few more smiles which warmed our hearts.
Four o’clock and the dinner bell would be ringing soon. The brussel sprouts are just about done. I sneak in the kitchen to find the two chefs putting the final touches on things and then we make the plan to put it all out on the buffet by five o’clock. Dave goes to get the ham and Ed starts to carve up the turkey and ham. Marcellas is the sous chef and she is keeping everything moving. Great team work.
With that the table is prepared and the group is enjoying the fruits of many who have labored to bring a feast! There was no room for any more food to be displayed, but who needed more? It was a huge feast completed by of course KEY LIME PIE, a bourbon chocolate cake and various pastries.
With a quick clean up, the Christmas that was not to be like any other was exactly how it was meant to be. Surrounded by folks, enjoying getting to know some new friends and “face timing” with family. As Mari-Etta would say ......EIWP! EVERYTHING IS WORKING PERFECTLY!
My heart if full!