Tonight was the big meal with Hubby's family. I couldn't taste anything :(
Not only was my cold really bad today, I was also sick last night. I was wondering if I should even go tonight. But I phoned ahead of time and Joy really wanted me to be there.
Before we went Hubby and the girls made me open a gift. I am a firm believer in not opening gifts until Christmas morning. But being married to my Hubby, they always opened their gifts the night before. I am not sure if it is a Finn thing, or that his parents just didn't want to get up early, lol.
Well they were very adamant that I open it. Well it was this pretty blouse. It is beautiful, it has intricate beading all through it. Ashley gave me a tank top to wear underneath it as it was very low cut. Very low cut.
Here is a picture of my oldest brother Darrell and I. Remember Darrell married Hubby's sister, that is why he was there as well, we both have the same relatives on both sides of the family.
Boy I'm tiny, lol.
To make me feel better he squatted down. The story of my life, lol.
This is my mom's charm bracelet. My mom wanted me to have it when she passed away, she told me this since I was a little girl. My dad (step) bought this for my mom early on in their marriage. It only had one charm on it, the Christmas tree. I don't think I ever remember my mom wearing it.
Sometimes I would go in her jewelery box take out the red velvet box, and feel it. I loved the feel of that box. Then I would open the box and lovingly stare at the bracelet. I thought it was the most beautiful thing my mom owned.
When she passed away and my dad gave it to me, I cried.
Hubby took me shopping to pick out some charms that next Christmas.
I chose the double heart, to represent my mom and me.
I chose the 3 little hearts, to represent my 3 daughters.
I chose the dove, in hopes that my mom is at peace now.
I don't wear the bracelet that often, as it is so special to me,but I do wear it every Christmas.
So we enjoyed our evening with Hubby's family. Lots of laughs, food and good company.
Hope you take in the season, and just enjoy the people around you.