Christmas Fun Before Christmas
Our deck lights covered with snow....Tessa learns Grandpa Terry will babysit her while Grandma Kathy gets a haircut....Erin plays with the Village
Christmas On Second Street In Byron, Illinois
Grandma Kathy forgot Tessa's stoller so she was pulled around in a wagon while covered with an afghan made by the late Stella Ambrose. She liked that.
In line to see Santa: Tessa, Grandma Kathy and Hannah....Trevor and Alex
Alex, Hannah, Becky and Tessa with Santa
Hannah and Alex
The Live Nativity people milling around....then posing for me
The Bank provided live entertainment, treats inside and hot dogs outside
Hannah got a candy cane tattoo on her cheek and pressed it against Becky's cheek! Fun stuff. Tessa. I call this one Study in Black and Red.
Some of the great trees at the Byron Museum
Hannah and her Girl Scout tree. She shows us the ornaments she made. My favorite tree!
Grandma Kathy and a snowman...Happy Tessa...Tessa at a warming fire
Alex's Regional Band Concert at the University of Illinois
Hannah feeding Tessa....All dressed up for Alex's concert
It was a truly wonderful concert!
A Christmas Story Comes Home...Hammond, Indiana
The Indiana Welcome Center featured six animated displays depicting scenes from A Christmas Story.
The displays include: The Department Store Window, Flick's Tongue and the Triple Dog Dare, It's a Major Award, Santa's Mountain at the Department Store,
The Bumpus Hounds and the Parker Living Room. The displays were first showcased in 2003 in the windows of the Macy's in New York City.
Checking out the displays
Each display also had a video of the event depicted in the scene....very cool!
Lots of fun and laughs....Grandma Kathy and Tessa in their Bass Pro Shop shirts
The Oh Fuudge Relay Race
The relay race depicts the tire changing scene in "A Christmas Story," where Ralphie spills lug nuts onto the street and says the "F dash-dash-dash" word.
The parent/child teams "change a tire" and run through an obstacle course while holding a hubcap filled with lug nuts steady.
Time starts when they get out of the truck
Brendan on the obstacle course....he didn't drop any lugnuts!
Check out Brendan's concentration....Time ends when they are both in the truck again...Jeff and Brendan had a lot of fun
Brendan coloring....Tessa smiling...Brendan and Owen having their picture taken with Santa
Brendan going down the slide
Owen going down the slide
Tessa didn't really go down the slide....But she liked posing on it
Tate's Place was a great restaurant....We think it might have been a church....Brendan's first time eating waffle fries....So he put some in his hamburger and one on top of it!
Bass Pro Shop
The boys enjoying the huge aquarium
Our redhead....Kathy and Brendan check out the big tree....Jeff moves the boys from boat to boat to atv to atv and they love it.
At Grandma Kathy's and Grandpa Terry's
Brendan poses with some of his toys....One strand of tinsel is adorable....Then a whole bunch....Owen put Baby Jesus on the tree and it took us a while to find Him
Jean and Jeff's yard
Brendan and Owen in thier snow fort
Daphne and Erin at Daddy and Heather's
At the Christmas tree
At the fireplace
Erin and Daphne with Santa
The Museum Of Science and Industry
Laura didn't come to the Museum because she was wrapping gifts and puttering. Dave brought Hunter, Daphne, Erin and Tessa and Jean brought Brendan and Owen. Terry bought our tickets and the rest of them were in line when a very nice lady gave Jean three free tickets to get in. Apparently she saw Jean, Dave and their six kids and decided they could use the tickets. They were very happy because it saved them over $40.00. A nice little Christmas miracle.
The Big Tree.....Hunter and Brendan (with his map of the Museum)
The Blackhawks Tree
Tornado!....Hunter and Dave....Dave, Erin and Hunter
Controlling the balls....Blowing hair!
The electricity ball
Hunter's picture of the lightning....Daddy making Tessa smile....Tessa smiling
Daphne and Erin....Daphne asking Dave how many people can fit on a plane....Owen and Jean
Two redheads....We brought a great lunch but forgot glasses for the water
Brendan, Erin, Daphne
Hunter, Owen and Tessa
On the treadmill: Daphne, Erin, Hunter and Grandma Kathy
Hunter playing the Mind Game....The calmest person wins....Grandma Kathy soundly beat Jean
Getting drinks....The baby chicks....Grandma Kathy likes the fuzzy ones
Back home again in Indiana
Hunter, Dave, Daphne, Tessa, Erin and Laura
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