My Dad Bought These Shoes in 1994

On the way to Christmas Eve, my son showed me his shoes.  “Grampa bought me these shoes   in 1994.”

 Mark told me he wore them to his high school, college and grad school graduations. He wore them at the baptisms of each of his 4 children.

He proposed to his wife in these shoes.

Mark added the burgundy laces for Xmas  and he showed me the socks I knit him for his 40th birthday.  It was sweet to hear the story of his shoes.

This morning he said they are Johnston & Murphy Conrad wingtips.

25 year old shoes

 

Henry the Airedale’s First Christmas With His Family

Henry the Airedale

Jack, Anna, Michael, Maura and Henry the Airedale

Henry seems to be enjoying the festivities so far.  Even tolerated enjoyed kept the Santa hat on for the photo session.  He was sniffing around the presents under the tree, looking for squeaky toys and Kongs, Bully Sticks and such.

The grandchildren fell asleep pretty fast and now, so should I.

Matthew already here from Croatia and Laura and James arrive from Centerline in the morning for breakfast.  Erika’s parents are here, too.  Having everyone together is the best part of Christmas to me.  (And we’re getting along nicely, too!) No small task with so many of us under one roof.

Ate some wonderful Polish food Donald prepared tonight for Polish Christmas Eve.  Homemade Kielbasa and Haluski and Pierogis and then we gathered in a circle while we shared Oplatki, the Christmas wafer.  Donald did a great job as Patriarch, leading the ritual.

Wishing all blog readers a good day, whatever you’re celebrating or not.  I appreciate all the lovely greetings I’ve received.