Thursday, January 15, 2009

Ghost of Christmas Past or Just a Memory

I was tagged by Hootin' Anni to participate in a little 6x6 meme. The directions are simple.

1. Go to your Picture Folder on your computer or where ever you stor your pictures.
2. Go to the 6th folder, then pick the 6th picutre in that folder.
3. Post that picture on your blog and the story that goes with the picture.
4. Tag 5 people you know (or don't know) to do the same.
5. Leave a comment on their blog or an e-mail letting them know you chose them.

When I opened My Pictures the sixth folder was titled 2006-12-30. Ahh, Christmas 2006.
The sixth picture happened to be one of one of my mostest fovoritest people in the whole world.

Meet Abigail aka Abby and Miss A at age 4. This smiling face is because she is getting to ride with Grammar and Grandpa over to Uncle John's house for Christmas in Sunray. This was one of the first times she had gotten to go with us on a trip more than just a few blocks. I do want to take time to explain that what looks like food on her face is actually a bruise that is in the yellow phase of healing. She had taken a nasty fall a few days before and dinged her chin pretty hard.

We usually spend our Christmases in Amarillo since there and in close by towns is where most of the family resides. In 2006 our second son, John and his wife, were hosting the *clan* for a fish fry, shrimp boil, present opening, made house. When we are all together we number 19 and this Christmas all 19 were going to be there. Yes, fun and noise.

Robert and I stay at my mom and dads whenever we are in Amarillo because they have a large house with two extra bedrooms. The day before we were to head for Sunray for our *clan gathering* it was decided that Abigail would be allowed to ride with us. She was very excited about getting to go in Grammar's car and hopped around wanting to know when starting early that next morning.

When we finally put the car seat over in the suburban and told her to climb aboard she became all grins. We picked up the only other granddaughter, Holliday, and away we went. Holliday was in Amarillo with her mom but was getting to go back to Sunray for the evening to be with her dad and the rest of her family. (I must add here that Kim has always been very generous to let us see Holliday even when it cuts into her time to have her.)

It was a fun trip traveling with them. Holliday was 8 at the time and was just wonderful with Abby. She talked to her and showed her the things she had in a bag she was bringing and in general entertained her for the 6o miles we traveled.

We had a wonderful time that afternoon/evening/night. We didn't leave until late and when we got Abby home she was sound asleep in the car seat, and didn't even wake up when she was taken in the house and put to bed, clothes and all.

And here is a second picture from that Christmas. It shows all 19 of us. This same group will be going on a cuise this summer. Yep, all 19 of us on one big ship. It should be fun.

Now the hard part; to tag five people. Here are five places I like to visit and who know me if not by sight, by site. Tag -- Your it.
Jo Ann


Julie said...

What great memories, and what a cute grandbaby you have! I love the photo of you all together That cruise ship has no idea what is about to hit it...

LceeL said...

You, my dear, have a large and lovely family. How lucky you are.

Hootin' Anni said...

Patsy...........this is an excellent tag. Well done.

Love the sweet smiling face...too bad about the bruising tho. Bet that hurt like the dickens.

And the 'Clan' photo? Super!!!!

Thanks for playing. You were so generous to take the time to do it for me/us bloggers!!

We've been tearing out all the books in the computer room and cleaning and then putting them all back up...taking a lunch break now, and wanted to stop by.

Have a great weekend.

storyteller said...

What a beautiful family you have and what an adorable granddaughter in the first photo! Your post reminds me that Hootin' Anni tagged ME for this one too ... so I'll need to make a note to follow through.
Hugs and blessings,