The girls have been hard at work this Christmas season making toys, pajamas, treats and so much more. Several months ago they decided that they would draw names as children and create homemade presents this year. It was fun to hear them planning and helping one another. It was a wonderful gift for me to observe. They are wonderful sisters.
Loaf got in the way more than she helped, but it was hard not to love her especially in these cute striped pajamas.
Fred made Gus the most horrible pajamas I have ever seen. It's some jumpsuit out of this fleece horse fabric. They are both giddy at the idea and it had to be modified a few times so they would fit . I have laughed more than once at this project.
We got the machine repaired or so I thought. The girls have been sewing nonstop since school got out only to find out that the reverse is not working. This proved quite problematic for the button holes. I'm taking the machine back in to get it fixed once again. Sorry girls.
Gus whipped up some quilts for the little guys. It was fun to see the fabric combinations she chose. I also loved walking into the studio and hearing them singing together. The harmonies were beautiful.
They of course loved it when I would walk in with the camera, but I didn't care and took the pictures anyway. The boys looked cute in their pajamas. Loaf adored hers and the girls added cute little ric-rac edges.
Christmas eve night, actually I guess technically it would have been Christmas morning at 2am I finally went in and told Arnold to go to bed. She said she was on a roll and was going to finish. Later I found out that at 3:30am when her head was leaning against the machine she finally decided it was time to quit.
As I was relaying all this to John he just laughed and commented about being just like her mother. He knows me well.
The girls made Christmas extra special. Their hard work and love was shown not only in the gifts they gave, but the love they showed throughout the day. Christmas was emotional not only from the event here at home, but because we were able to talk to Whitney.
She looks beautiful and it was so wonderful to hear her voice and remember the little things that we have missed. She spoke to John in Italian and he confirmed that her Italian is indeed good. Of course we also heard it from one of the members where she is serving.
Loaf came rushing into the room when the call started and immediately told Whitney it was time to come home and that it was taking forever!
Whitney showed us the two packages of tissues the sweet family had provided her before the call started. They certainly know my darling girl. However there were very few tears shed until the very end as we were saying goodbye. It was hard to watch John break down and start to cry. We expect it from the rest of us, but our strong husband and dad is another story. We miss our darling girl, but are so grateful that we got this chance to talk to her.
She is half way done and will be home before we know it.