We were planning on another empty nest through Christmas since our children live in CA and Vegas but Saturday evening Alan's daughter and daughter in law and his grandchildren showed up! It was a surprise and made him very happy. He is not one to show emotion so much but I could tell it made his spirit wake up after such a long illness.
This is Riley and Alix his granddaughters
Their Mother Teri, his daughter in law
They all sat around and visited while Alan cooked his traditional latkes
Alix is going to start college next year in Hawaii studying child development. She is an amazing young lady and we are so proud of her.
Chase is 7 years old and the light of his Mothers eye.
He got a motorized boat for Christmas and just had to get in the tub with it!
The gifts were ready
The latkes cooking in very hot oil
Alan has cooked latkes for his family for many many years as did his Father before him
Cook until golden brown. put on paper towels to absorb the oil and then put them in the oven to keep warm while the rest are being cooked. The first cookie pan is always eaten before he even gets to the second batch but it is fun and they love them and so do I. It is all part of the day.
Alan was pooped but I think it is just what he needed. He is feeling better with each day that passes and he will have a chest Xray on Friday to see if the pneumonia is gone. I am praying. He is still pretty weak and gets tired easy but he tries to do something every day to get stronger.
This has been the wettest year since we have been in Coos Bay, OR. It is so wet and rainy and cold. I can't help but think it may be part of the reason my husband keeps getting pneumonia.
Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas day. I missed my kids but got calls from all of them and I am looking forward to a trip out to see them with in the next year.
It was great to see Cathy, Teri, Chase, Alix and Riley. That really was a Christmas surprise.