What an amazing week!!! Jon and I left Tuesday for Pennsylvania, and we returned Monday afternoon. What a whirlwind. We had such an amazing time! Upon arriving, we were drafted into the church musical that was going to be performed at a local nursing home. The play was about a local radio station and its staff. Jon played the role of the Radio Station’s manager, and I was the Mystery Woman who left a mysterious gift for all of the radio actors. I also sang in a quartet with two of Jon’s sisters and another girl in the church. It was SO much fun. I truly love their church family up there. We also celebrated Dad’s birthday on Wednesday. He got a new shirt, some gift cards, and a radio-controlled airplane. Of course, we called to sing to some people who couldn’t join us for Christmas (i.e. Deb Sutter and Cory Sutter). ha ha.
Sutter Family Christmas is awesome because it’s full of traditions. Starting Christmas Eve with the celebration of Dad’s birthday by eating Angel Food Cake, followed by a sighting of the very busy Santa Clause (Dover, PA fire trucks carrying Santa Clause) and then of course a long winter’s nap ending LATE into the morning of the 25th. Our first tradition on Christmas morning is eating homemade cinammon rolls and fruit salad while we sing carols, read the Christmas Story from the Bible, and watching a flannelgraph depiction of the Christmas story. After eating, we start opening presents, then for lunch we eat HUGE omlettes made by Sam (my brother-in-law). Then, we watch old movies and play games until our big Christmas dinner. I can’t even begin to describe how much fun I had this Christmas week.
So, what did we get? WAY more than we deserved. Jon got a Red Ryder BB gun and I got a pearl necklace and earing set from China in the gift exchange. Mom and Dad Sutter (and Emily) spoiled us. I probably will forget something they got us, but I will attempt to remember everything. Jon and I got a fondue set with 8 plates, Jon got his childhood blankie back which was rather humorous, we got our famous family calendars which I always love. We also got a lot of kitchen knives which were awesome. Emily also made us an ornament for our Christmas tree. And, the gift that was really cool was Mom and Dad bought us some dishes and serving dishes from Pfaltzgraff. I can’t even list everything that she got me, but basically, she got me $350 worth in dishes for 90% off AND the best part is, the design matches my dining room and my kitchen PERFECTLY.
Thanks to Grandma B. (Mom Sutter’s mom), the WHOLE family got to go Snow Tubing on Friday. All I can say is WOW. It was SO cool. I have never done anything like that, but it was awesome. Saturday we went to visit some of our friends in Lancaster and then Sunday was a day of refreshing. We went to church at the great YBC (Dad Sutter’s church) and then Emily, Mom, Jon, and Me spent the entire evening watching old television shows and playing games. It was so relaxing and fun. It’s hard to believe how much Emily has grown up in the last four years, but it was fun to spend some extra time with them.
After returning home, I had a couple of days to relax. Jon had some inventories to do, but thankfully his inventory on New Year’s Eve got over early, so he got home around 5pm. Since he got home early, we continued our Millard tradition for the second year in a row. My mom, sister, Jon, and I (and now Grandma) get together to open presents, eat scrumptious food, and play games. Jon recently learned how to make Fried Shrimp and Fried Onion Rings, so we got to eat those and some other great food. My grandma even made a Pecan Pie for Jon since it’s one of his favorite pies.
This Christmas, in spite of the pains Jon and I are experiencing, we can’t help but be reminded that we still have family that loves us so much. My mom and sister went to great depths to get gifts that would be meaningful and useful to Jon and me, and I can’t even begin to explain how well they succeeded. Jon has been wanting to change his own oil on our cars to save some money, so my mom and sister bought him pretty much every supply he would need. A car ramp, tire chocks, oil pan, funnel, maglite flashlight, and a couple other things. He also got his b-day present from last year (yes, a little late). He got four brand-new hub caps for his car (also something he wanted). I got VERY spoiled. I got an awesome stamp which I have been wanting since I got my biggest client back at Allstate. The client makes very unique personalized stamps (www.psaessentials.com). My mom got me one of those as well as a gift certificate for two spa pedicures and two manicures. My sister celebrated my birthday at Christmas because she spent too much. I couldn’t complain because I got awesome stuff. I got a handheld ratcheting screwdriver, a laser level, a recipe box with my name engraved on top, a cake pan with my name engraved on top of the lid and the pan, a gardening calendar which tells me when to do anything imaginable to my garden, and the last two gifts are so cool. First, Jon and I both got stoplights for the garage. They are lights with Red, Green, and Yellow lights indicating when you need to stop in the garage. This is a MUCH needed thing for me as I am notorious for hitting the stuff in the front of the garage because my car is so long. I have already put a hole in the drywall at one point, and I even hit the refrigerator yesterday morning. Then for my favorite, and you will think I am the CRAZIEST girl/woman in the world. I got a set that includes a cordless drill, a cordless hacksaw, a cordless circular saw, and a heavy-duty flash light. I was going to begin my hallway project tomorrow where EACH of those will come in handy. I can’t even begin to explain how thankful and excited I was by that. My Grandma also got a lot of gifts which she fought in the beginning, but I told her we needed to make up for all of the Christmas’ we didn’t get to celebrate with her. I hope she is happy here. I know it’s a long way from home, but we love having her here so close. Of course, the evening ended by the Sutters dominating the Millards in Rook, but I can’t remember it ever happening a different way. Thank you Brandi for always bidding…it makes our job so much easier. 😉
SO, in conclusion. Jon and I are very spoiled and blessed by the family we have. I don’t remember a Christmas where I haven’t wanted to return even one thing. Our gifts from Jon’s family and my family were absolutely PERFECT. There were SO many pictures from this very long week. I have uploaded them to Picasa (click on Picasa), and I tried to comment on a few to help you along and point out some exciting things. I hope you can see at least a bit of the joy Jon and I felt.