I'll start the story in mid December.
December 12th is the day we welcomed our second grandson, Benjamin Octavius, (Benji for short) into the family!! Benji weighed in at 8 pounds and he was 20.5" long at birth. Alex and Kana are very proud of their little bundle of joy :-))
|such a cutie pie :-))|
|happy smiles all around! Emmett, Kana, Benji, Alex and Jessica|
|see you in a couple weeks...|
|quick stop along US-93|
Erika and Guenther arrived December 20th right on time. Coordinating babies bedtimes with flight schedules meant a pizza dinner would be easiest.
|Erika, Emmett, Jessica|
Most of the rest of the days we spent time at Alex's house relaxing. Kana made some dinners, I made a dinner or two and lunch was typically leftovers. No one went hungry.
|Rocky is getting used to his new brother|
|she's a good Mom!|
|Benji is just the right size for Erika|
|another grandson to LOVE!|
|Emmett and Guenther playing pat-a-cake|
|four generations of Kipps :-))|
Dinner was a collaborative effort but Jessica was the main chef. She began cooking the night before. Everything turned out excellent!! Thanks to Alex's turkey 'injection', the meat was super moist. Along with turkey, we enjoyed mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, green beans, fresh cranberries, sweet Hawaiian rolls, corn casserole, dressing and broccoli. Something for everyone and again, no one went hungry.
|my view :-) LOVE my family <3|
|I had fun feeding Emmett - he's quite a good eater too!|
With stuffed bellies all around it was time for birthday cake and a chorus of
Happy Birthday singing for Alex!
Next on the agenda: Gift opening for the babies :-)
Benji is still too young to play with his gifts but Emmett was enjoying his new toys!
A new tradition for each of our grandchildren will be personalized tree ornaments.
I hope they will cherish these when they have their own Christmas trees in the future...
There was also a DIY project that Ron, Guenther and Alex accomplished while we were there. The dryer decided to stop working and when you have a newborn in the house it's an essential piece of equipment.
An unexpected house guest arrived on December 25th. Kana's mom, Kazuko, flew in from Japan. Kazuko and I had fun taking photos of each other with Benji.
December 28th was our final day with Alex and Kana before driving back west. We went out for lunch to Jersey Mike's sandwich shop. Our time with the family seemed to fly by so quickly. I'm happy we were together but knowing we will be back makes my heart happy!
|love my guys!|
Christmas memories are special. One special moment was getting a new name. No longer will I be known as Grammie, although I love that name. I will be Oma, the traditional namesake for German grandmothers. Ron will be Opa. Erika and Guenther also have new names. They are now known as Uroma (Erika) and Uropa (Guenther).
I hope you all had a Special Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!!