|For the past two years, Eric and I have spent
Christmas with each of our families. This works out well for the
most part, but we miss each other and the other half of our family.
Here, he & I exchange gifts on the Saturday before Christmas. Above Eric is opening gifts sent to him from Mom (with help from Zack.)
Scenes of our house at Christmas
|The roads were iced over again that Saturday
| Now I'm in Westville and it is Monday the 24th - my birthday.
This is Desirae's little sweetie, Prissy Pants. She is truly a prissy little thing!
| This is the neighbor dog that spends much of her time with
Desirae and at Mom & Dad's - Mom named her "Long Dog"
|Here Dad takes advantage of the warm weather to wash his "dirty"
(He claimed there was something on the hood.)
|Mom got a visit from her buddy Mary.
|Gran came out to watch me open my birthday gifts.
|Here I am with my pile of gifts.
| Keith, soon to be my bother-in-law,
is anxious to see what I got.
|Posing with my new workout shirt.
|And my new Razorback jacket - it is very nice!
|The tree with all the gifts piled everywhere.
|Me & Desirae in front of the tree.
|Passing out the gifts
|Dad beside his mountain of gifts.
|Gran didn't feel well, but she made it through the opening.
|Keith got a big pile 'o stuff and a cat too.
|Ma helping with the gift opening.
|Mom was most excited by the gifts that contained sugar.
|Keith will not have to buy clothes again for a year!
|Dad got a fishing shirt, "Quit staring at my bass" - it's very classy!
|On Christmas afternoon it was warm again, so Mom,
Dad, and I went to Natural Falls State Park in West Siloam Springs.
|Here are Mom & Dad in front of the small Greek columns.
| The park used to be called Dripping Springs and it used to have
a swinging bridge, but we still liked it even without the bridge.
|Our first view of the falls.
|It was really pretty there.
Me with each parent in front of the falls - I love these pictures!
|A small bridge along the hiking trail.
|Dad, blazing the trail.
|Mom checking out the creek.
|And goofing off on the bridge.
Here Mom poses on the overhang - it was a little nerve-wracking to stand out there!
| Desirae opened her birthday gifts from me & Eric before
I left so that I could get to see her open them.
|Ma, looking disgruntled on Mom's shoulder
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!