Monday, December 31, 2012

Christmas Recap 5: Bennett Christmas

 December 26
We hung out at home, visited Desiree and Audrey, went to Target, and got ready to go to Grandma Bennett's house in Arroyo Grande.  When Melissa got off work at 7:30 pm, she came straight here and we loaded everyone (including the dog) into the car and took off.  Dave drove, Andrew and I slept, and Melissa was supposed to be the co-pilot (but she slept too).
 December 27
After breakfast at the hotel, we headed over the Great Grandma Bennett's.  Her village greeted us, along with a beautifully decorated house (all which was a bit stressful with Andrew, but he didn't much better than expected).
 While Dave and Dad installed lights for Grandma in the garage, Andrew and I prepared cherry crunch for dessert and green been casserole (first for everything).  After awhile later, the rest of the family arrived--Andrew and Abby found the stairs and each other pretty quickly!

 Baby Bennett (Hughes) smiled along with all the noise and people.
 Dave and Dad installed four lights
(seriously the garage is brighter than any other part of her house).
 We enjoyed lunch of ham, baked potatoes, green bean casserole, and salad in the garage.  After lunch, we moved to the living room and opened presents.
 Andrew was pretty into presents again--mainly he enjoyed giving them to people and throwing trash away for others.  The picture above was pretty funny--he was yelling 'dataa' over and over again at the bag!

 Great Grandma Bennett gave Andrew a fireman's hat! 
Grandma ended present opening with a sad announcement that this was her last huge Christmas year, the last of our cans, the last of her tree, the last of her Hallmark ornament tradition.  We all shared tears, but understood.  It was pretty evident that Grandma was overwhelmed and her eyesight was worse than even last summer. 

 Andrew and Abby provided some comic relief from the sadness.
They were pretty adorable playing together!

Grandma and her great grand kids
Grant+Abby, Sandy+Bennett, Great Grandma, Carolyn+Baby Girl, Jennifer+Andrew

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