Thursday, December 30, 2010

Too Busy to Blog???!!

Epic last few days in between trying to finish "Difficult Client's" house.

All the kids and grandchild and youngest son and his "steady girlfriend" who is meeting the family (and who likes bacon... oh, yeah, she's "family"!) began arriving on Dec. 27. We will do "Christmas" together on Jan. 1 when everyone is here and the local kiddos are off work.

The Robinson Tradition is to pick up a Christmas tree on the way home from Christmas Eve liturgy when the tree lots are closed down and throw the leftovers out on the sidewalk for the pickin's. At 1:00AM there were none left. Apparently word got around with the economy around these parts. Wifey-who-cleans-up-the-old-tree-pine-needles says, OK, I'm done with that. So, on Dec. 26 we get a 7.5 foot artificial tree at Walmart for half price. The plan is to put up a tree BEFORE Dec. 25 next year. "The married man is concerned with the things of his wife, not Christmas trees", St. Paul says in I Cor. 7 (trust me, it's the Original Greek). Even artificial trees shed needles while you assemble them we found out.

We spent the last few days preparing for Dec. 29, youngest daughter's 18th and son-in-law's 30th birthday party. I bought a charcoal BBQ/Smoker for the Epic Event. I grilled hot dogs and burgers, Godfather Allan made his usual amazing smoked pulled pork and home made sauces, Godmother Danita made banana pudding. Awesome food, great friends, good cigars, Christmas pipe tobacco, and all of her high school friends who have graced our dinner table for the last 4 years who finally left about 2AM this morning.

Daddy and birthday girl daughter...
Family (with another grandbaby on the way....)


I am a man most blessed beyond what I have wrought and deserve in this life.
H/T Gomez for the photography

17 comments:

Ikonophile said...

Pipe tobacco... very nice Christmas indeed. I got my first pipe for Christmas this year. Love it lots.

John

Noël Joy Plourde said...

Sweet pix, adorable fam (including the dogs!)...but I gotta ask...how many crosses do you have hanging on your wall, anyway???

I guess our house is not Subdeacon enough...!

Tim said...

God's blessings to your youngest daughter. May God grant her many years- full of faith, peace, and prosperity!

One can never have enough crosses!

s-p said...

Noel, hmmm. I think maybe 15-20 all over the house besides the "Cross wall". I collect them and get them for gifts.

Elizabeth @ The Garden Window said...

S-P, what super photos. I'm glad you finally got your tree :-)

God grant you all a safe and blessed 2011.

margaret said...

You certainly are blessed. I hope you have a wonderful, wonderful
1st Jan Christmas.

magda said...

Your happy faces are thoroughly explained by your godparently cooking. I get hungry just thinking about her cookies! (We were neighbors at seminary.)

BelleArtMom said...

Beautiful story, beautiful pictures. Your wife should do what I do - drag the fully decorated artificial tree (granted, it's only about 5.5 feet) to a closet until next year. I am allergic to real trees :-(
BTW, don't big dogs make life complete?

Athanasia said...

Gorgeous family picture! And many blessed years to the 18 y.o. She is stunning!

A joyous new year to the Moo Turtle family.

Keith said...

When mentioning your 18 year old daughter in a post, aren't you obligated to also mention your gun collection and snap temper?

thegeekywife said...

S-P,
1. Love the Cross wall.
2. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
3. Happy New Year!
4. One of my resolutions is to include more bacon in my life. Maybe I'll actually TRY to cook it by myself. If so, I'll blog about it.

mamajuliana said...

Merry Christmas to your beautiful family and Happy Birthday to your youngest!

We are heading the other way with the whole Christmas tree 'thing.' We have had an artificial tree for a few years now and Junior came home from college and said that this will be the LAST year with a fake tree. I told him it was up to him to hunt down and kill a real one next year.

His response was 'no problem.'...then he bought a tree stand (for half price, too!) on the 26th at Walmart! We'll see how it goes next December. I am keeping our crappy fake tree...just in case!

discourse said...

Beautiful family! Your daughter is lovely. Many years to her!

I wanted to buy my husband a pipe for Christmas but didn't quite get around to it. It might have to be a New Year's gift.

Nina said...

Actually, you deserve to be this happy....and more.

elizabeth said...

Nice!! love the pictures; many years and yay for your Christmas tree!

Bill M said...

Thanks for the snapshot of your family world. Blessings to you and yours in the new year!

Denny Brown said...

You have a great looking family Steve,I continue to enjoy podcasts and may God continue to bless your ministry.