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The mountains are calling and I must go...Got the t shirt in Georgia one year and this is our calling! We'll see y'all down the road!

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

A wonderful Christmas 2022! We're home to rain and wind :) A fire going in the outside kitchen! :)

Our Pride and Joy, our 5 grandsons!💙
              Adam(23), Mason (17 1/2), Jacob (21), Seth (21) Aaron (17 1/2)

2016..Mason, Aaron, Seth, Jacob, Adam, Nephews Dusty and Jesse

At Sacramento Valley National Cemetery October 2010
Mason, Aaron, Seth, Jacob, Adam, Dusty and Jesse 

2018..Jacob, Seth, Adam, Aaron, Dusty, Jesse, Mason 

 Christmas morning we got up and got going to be at Eric's around 0730. Caught him outside cooking bacon and sausage on the griddle. Sure smelled good right then. 

A little blurry but you can see the sausage and bacon clearly LOL

Went inside for some hugs and then I got the sausage gravy heating up. Christina had already made a big yummy bunch of scrambled eggs. 

Presents were opened by everyone and then we all ate our awesome breakfast! 

Charley, Seth and Holly's new puppy. Letty was outside along with Roxy


Christina, Seth and Mason 

Picture doesn't do it justice as it's huge! It's a patio rug we'll be displaying when we are 
camping! 💙💙 thank you Eric and Christina!

Holly opening her wok! She loves to cook 💗

Around 0930 we headed down the hill to Russell's house. It was pretty quiet there after Christmas Eve. I got some munchies out while the house woke up. 

A little later I made some brisket egg sandwiches for anyone who was hungry. 

Jacob and Allissa had been to her parents so once they came back presents were opened. Our kids and grandkids treat us way too well! 💙

Eric, Christina and Mason came just as we were finishing up. Bryan, Cheryl and Adam got there a little later. Others filtered in throughout the day. Such a wonderful feeling getting together with them all. 💗 It was really special to have our five grandsons (Holly and Allissa too) all together under the same roof once again! 💙

Mason 💙

Allissa, Aaron, Lori and Jacob

Russell, Jesse in the background, Ken and Eric 💙

Jacob, Aaron, Seth and Jesse 

Adam talking with Christina, His mom Cheryl and Lori along with Eric 

Allissa in the kitchen, Jacob bringing some goodies to the table
See those brown boxes to the left of Jacob's arm? Allissa made 
delicious Christmas cookies and everyone got a box! So yummy!💖

Allissa, Jacob, Aaron, Mason, Adam and Jesse (he spent a lot of the day like this
Christmas Eve was tough on him LOL )

Later in the afternoon we headed out to see Ken's mom.  Bryan, Cheryl and Adam were already there. Diane got there a bit later. 

A nice visit and then back to the hotel to call it a night. It was an early night. 

Here we're adding nephew Jesse into the mix 💗

Now we add the lovely ladies (except Erin who wasn't here)..

          Our sons ( which were our first pride and joy!) with their sons and 
              Bryan, Adam, Eric, Mason, Seth, Ken, Jacob, Aaron, Russell 💙💙

Christina with her boys, Mason and Seth 

Mason, Eric, Christina, Seth and Holly 

The whole Kay family together one more time 💖💖

Ken's sister Diane and her son Jesse 💗

Christina and Lori's brother Michael and his sweetie Melissa 💖

Monday morning we ate hard boiled eggs and toast in the room before heading back to Kens mom's house as I forgot my camera there. A quick hug and we were headed for Rio Linda to load the trailer with wood that KC wanted to give us. Ken worked while I visited with Sierra and Rylee. I did feel bad keeping her from what work she needed to get done. We did have a nice visit though. 💖😊

Finally we headed out and started to go up I-80. Before Sierra College traffic slowed to a standstill so we got off and headed over to Highway 50. Yes, there was traffic but nothing like 80. We pulled over at Fresh Pond and got out salami and cheese for a late lunch. Then home around 1700. 

Karen had called to make sure we were ok, and invited us over to Happy Hour. We unloaded what we needed to and then headed over. They were on the back porch with the propane heaters going so it was nice and toasty. 

Woke up to middle of the night to wind and rain. Lord knows we need it here! Now we've got partly cloudy skies and wind and more wind! 

I love seeing the kids and grandkids, wish it didn't go so by so fast though! 

We always tell the kids we don't need anything, we buy what we want. Do they listen?! NO! LOL...

Adam got me this down jacket which is really warm. He has one just like it 😊
I always tell them don't buy anything for us..save their $$. 

Mason made this for me in welding shop..which is something
he's interested in after high school. I love it! His mom got one
too! 💙

Too Beautiful to be an apron! Thank you Allissa and Jacob! Embroidered flowers 💗
The Gin and Whiskey from Eric and Christina from the local distillery in 
Georgetown 💙

We support our Air Traffic Controller Grandson, Jacob T shirts and some Black Rifle Coffee From Russell and Lori. 💙
Grandma and Grandpa Coffee mugs from Seth and Holly. They'll be going in the Mansion so we can take them with us! 💖A dark blue puffy jacket from Bryan and Cheryl 💙 Adam told me that they don't listen as he told them he was getting me a jacket 😂😂

Bryan wanted to know what I wanted, I told him an ornament. Figured that's easy right? This is a piece of 
eucalyptus that Bryan cut down.  Cheryl burned into the wood and designed this ornament. Beautiful isn't it?!! 💙

Ken got presents too, but most of them are in the garage, guy stuff! LOL. 

It was a great weekend, gifts or no gifts but the gift of LOVE is the best! In that respect we are VERY blessed! 

Now to get ready for the New Year! 

Ken just started a fire in the outside kitchen, so that's where I'm headed for Happy Hour! Have a great night!

Adam's sweetie Erin, made this adorable ornament for us 💖


  1. You've got an entire football team there!!! Looks like it was lots of fun!! You are truly blessed!

  2. A truly wonderful looking bunch that Kay family. I’m glad you had such a wonderful time. Some very talented folks you have there. The outdoor mat is very pretty and unique.


    1. Thank you Deb! Cheryl is just amazing with being artistic. Me, no! Yes, can't wait to use the mat in a few weeks :)

  3. What a beautiful family gathering. Love love love the outside rug...apron...and that ornament! The ornament is a keeper to pass on down to future generations. Fresh Pond...grrr...lol. Happy New Year!

    1. I thought the mat was a sunshade, seems too pretty to put on the ground LOL. Machine washable too. Yes I agree about the ornament. I can remember way back when the restaurant/ diner was there. Ken and I would go to the snow and then stop there for hot chocolate...this is WAY back, before we were married. So over 50 years ago.Love to know the story of GRRR

  4. I am exhausted just reading your post. You had quite the busy Christmas! Love that ornament, gifts like that are simple but come with a lifetime of memories every time you hang it up.

  5. You are so right about the ornament. :) Yes it was busy but worth it!