Christmas 2023

Christmas and the end of the year buzzed by really quickly this year. Sorry I have been incommunicado all the sudden but hey, I’m back. So I’ll bring you up to speed.

A few days before Christmas we joined another couple for a Christmas music show at historic Cain’s Ballroom featuring several very talented local singers and musicians.

Isaac Hanson, of Hanson, showed up and played a couple of songs. Heather and I remember when he was just a little boy and played for free at local events with his brothers. He’s all growns up now and has a whole bunch of kids of his own.

Heather made her traditional gingerbread cookies. They are always a hit.

They go fast.

We made a visit to my brother Bob at his residence.

And gathered around the tree.

On Christmas Day we went to my MIL’s house and we opened gifts and had steak and baked potatoes for Christmas dinner. Bad blogger me, didn’t get any family photos.

A couple days later Heather, son Logan, Kodi, and I drove a roundabout route to Colorado Springs. My sister and BIL were hosting their family for Christmas. We hadn’t seen them for years so they graciously assented to our presence.

They are an active and fun loving bunch. If you are going to hang with them you better get up early and be prepared to stay late. They were very welcoming to us crashing the party.

Here is Logan with my sister and BIL’s dogs. The little dog is Maisey and is very sweet the big dog is Aspen. Aspen kept trying to play with our little dog, Kodi but Kodi was intimidated.

Sister and her husband treated us all to the US Olympic and Paralympic Museum in Colorado Springs. It was great. There are lots of things to look at and videos of past performances and artifacts like the costume above worn by Peggy Flemming who won the Gold Medal in figure skating at the 1968 Winter Olympics. I always thought she was classy and elegant.

Back at my sister’s house, Kodi went for a walk and got to meet Jasper the horse and get sniffed and inspected really good by the horse. I think our city dog thinks he doesn’t want become a ranch dog.

On the drive back to Tulsa Kodi found an earth cache. A specialized form of a geocache. So now I call him Kodi the Geodog.

I also got a shadow photo of Kodi so I guess he is a shadow dog as well.

So anyway, that was our whirlwind trip!!

I am linking with Skywatch Friday, Saturday’s Critters, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, and My Corner of the World

12 thoughts on “Christmas 2023

  1. Lisa

    Looks like a wonderful time! I love decorating gingerbread men. I like how Heather’s turned out, like mine do. Which is good. I mean, they aren’t like social media perfect, or Martha Stewart!

    Can you tell me, how is using InLinkz? I see you use it for Skywatch Friday. I have offered, unless someone else wants it, to take over Shadow Shot Sunday. I have used Mister Linky for WordPress, but see they don’t imbed (or whatever I mean!) it on Blogger, so am looking around. Do you use the free version?

  2. Alana

    You did do some traveling – I was wondering about your absence. I never had the patience for cookie making or decorating so I buy mine, but homemade is always best. Your wife did a great job decorating and Kodi seems to have had a lot of adventures, too. Happy New Year to you and your family.

  3. Eileen

    Hello Alan,
    Sounds like you and your family had a great Christmas. The travels to Colorado sound fun too.
    Wonderful photos of the family and the furbabies, they are all sweet.
    Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. I appreciate the comment too.
    Happy New Year to you and your family, wishing you all the best in 2024!

  4. Barb

    You had a great holiday with family, Alan. Good that you’re retired so you can recuperate from all the fun. As you probably saw, we sure need snow here in CO. Happy 2024 to you and your family!

  5. A ShutterBug Explores

    sounds and looks like fun filled Christmas ~ great series of photos ~ Kodi with the horse is amazing ~ lovely family photos too ~ Happy New Year ~

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  6. Vicki

    The Hanson’s was my daughter’s favorite band for quite a while.

    Heather did a great job with the gingerbread cookies!

    Love all the photos and I love the animals especially Kodi The Geo Dog.

    My sister had a White Palomino. She recued him from a man who was abusing the poor horse.

    You have a big family like I do.

  7. Amy

    That looks like alot of fun and your wife’s cookies look amazing! Hope you had a lovely Christmas and a happy new year to you.

  8. Veronica Lee

    Sounds like your Christmas was a whirlwind of activities and family gatherings!
    Wishing you and your family a fantastic 2024 filled with joy and more memorable adventures, Yogi!

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