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Christmas and Gramp is back!

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Just stopping in real quick to say hello and update you you on my grandfather and share a bit about Christmas. If you read last weeks post, you know my grandfather has had a rough few weeks with falls, diabetes complications and just feeling overall, crappy. I am happy to say that two days before Christmas we got him on some new insulin, which we are giving him now and his Lifeline is in working order. Gramp is back! We had some issues with the Lifeline not working so they sent us a new pendant. He went back to work today for the first time in 2 weeks and it was a success. We got him to agree to wait for my dad to leave for work (he goes to work with my dad) before he starts his day. He kiddingly says we are treating him like a kid but he knows, it’s for his own good. My husband finding him on the ground outside at 6am in the freezing cold last week was the last straw. He isn’t allowed to leave the house now unless it’s daylight and my dad is headed to work too. -ha. He loves to sweep the floors where all the large equipment stays and honestly, if he couldn’t go to work, I think he would go crazy. Literally. We had a great Christmas and all went well.

Grandfather update and Christmas 2015

My grandparents during Christmas.

Do you think they could sit next to each other?


Grandfather update and Christmas 2015

I cooked the Feast of the Seven Fishes which is a family favorite. Even though this is a Catholic tradition (we are Protestant), we still celebrate the tradition as my husband is Catholic and grew up with his family celebrating and his mom cooking all the fishes Christmas Eve. My husband loves that the kids have the same thing he had growing up and honestly, my family loves it too. I started 8 years ago when my son was born cooking all the fishes on Christmas Eve and needless to say, our family and extended family expects it now. -ha. My mom also has prepared a large Christmas Eve dinner since I was a kid so we actually share the cooking duties. She still prepares all the traditional food (ham, turkey and fixings) and desserts. Yes, we have a ridiculous amount of food during Christmas. This was our first large gathering in our new kitchen and it was perfect.

Grandfather update and Christmas 2015

My s.daughter Gabi is such a huge help in the kitchen. This girl loves to cook and bake. She is always right there asking what she can do and really enjoys it. She made the breakfast casserole for Christmas day and was so proud ;).  Although her eyes bugged out of her head when I told her she needed to crack and mix up 24 eggs. -ha.

Grandfather update and Christmas 2015

My momma. Isn’t she cute? We are taking the next few days off to enjoy some quiet time and enjoy the school vacation. We will be back after the new year with lots of plans for 2016. Thank you so much for all the sweet comments last week about my grandfather, we always love hearing from you!


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  1. So happy for your beautiful family God Bless all in the coming New Year

  2. Glad your Grandpa’s back on track Jessica..Have a Happy New Year!

  3. Beautiful family and I so enjoy your blog. Prayers for Grandpa! Tell him not to be a stubborn ole goat! (I’m over sixty so I get to say that!!!)

  4. So glad to see your family doing well. You made Christmas special. Love the kitchen. Happy New Year. See you then.

  5. So happy to hear your Grandfather is doing well. Good health is the greatest gift we can receive. Happy New Year

    1. You are right about that Barbara, without our health, we have nothing . Thanks so much!

  6. Dona Haggerty says:

    I am so glad that your grandfather is doing better and that you and yours had a wonderful Christmas. I look forward to your blogs in the new year …. Happy New Year 2016! 🙂

  7. Beautiful Kitchen , your Grandpa is ok!

  8. So happy Grampa is feeling better. God Bless your family and best wishes for 2016

  9. I’m glad to hear your grandfather is better. That’s funny that they weren’t next to each other in the picture. It looks like you all have really great times together in your home.

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