Saturday, December 27, 2008

The Hillmanbilly Christmas...

I hope you all had a wonderful Merry Christmas. I wanted to share with you what a real Hillmanbilly Christmas looks like. On Christmas Eve day we spent the day with my moms side of the family - the Hillmanbillys.... They are the greatest family you could ask for. They are poor financially, but RICH RICH RICH when it comes to love and appreciation. They will help anyone at anytime, often dropping what they are doing for themselves that is probably very important - thus making them poor!! If there were ever a time I needed someone, these are the people who would ALWAYS be there. We spent the day at Milk Duds God parents, my aunt Annie and uncle Kyle. They farm for a living as we do, but have many more irons in the fire than that. My aunt can sew anything and when I say anything, I mean she could make a wedding gown out of a feed sack and you would LOVE IT! She can cut meat, hunt, milk, drive machinery, cook and has a teaching degree - she is SO TALENTED in every sense. My uncle Kyle - well he is posotivly a freak of nature, in the best way you can imagine. He farms full time, does custom logging with horses, has his own saw mill that he runs alone AND has a maple syrup line that he does in the spring. He is a jack of all trades and masters them also. The pictures I am going to show you are of Annies shop - IT ROCKS!!!










The last picture is my uncle Kyle. Out of all my uncles he and I are the closest I think. We have always gotten along so well and used to spend TONS of time together - hunting, fishing, camping and anything else that you can think of. He is just a little feller - he is 5ft 5 inchs and weighs 130 lbs soaking wet and fully dressed!!! When I was younger we spent more time with my dad's side because we farmed with them - but growing up some of my best memories are of this family and all the laughing, the constant laughing that went on. My dads side of the family is great too - but there was only my dad and his sister so there were not that many people around. My mom has 4 brothers and 1 sister, not to mention that all of the boys friends used to come over and hang out at the farm ALL the time. It was great going through school,because I had more people watching out for me then I even knew!!! The only bad thing was that if I did somthing wrong EVERYONE knew it and that was a little bit tougher - not that I did much wrong.... I better stop there huh - I thought so too....
Anyway, we played pictionary and I laughed till I almost wet my pants. I never used to have that problem, my favorite cousin did that enough for all of us when we were little! HI BRENDA!!! Sure wish you would have been there on Wednesday!!! Anyway, we had a great time and I love to be able to get together with everyone.
I wanted to be able to say hello to my cousin Casey and her hubby Ryan, they live in southern Mn!! HEY GUYS!!! Thanks for reading my blog!! I had better get going... supper is yelling loudy from the stove and the guys will be here any minute. Tomorow is my Lefse post, hope you all have your spuds boiled!!! NIGHTERS ALL~~~~

8 comments:

Fidget said...

sounds like a great time!

Living on the Spit said...

You are so blessed to have special times like that to share with family and friends.

Love ya, Marlene

Karen Deborah said...

Your joy is contagious! The excitement hasn't begun to wear off, looking forward to all the new stories you have to tell!

Jocelyn said...

What a cool family you have!

MIne is spread all over and very disconnected. I miss having the big family get togethers when we were little.

Shawns family is the same way, so we are hoping next year we will have our first Blog n Nog 2009 with all of our friends who are most like family and some new friends!

Kiss that baby's toes!

Britt-Arnhild said...

Hi Heidi.
Nice to meet you. Thanks for visiting my blog and leading me over here :-)

Suzanne said...

It sounds like a great big wonderful family with all the noise and fun that goes along with it. I admire those who have so many talents to make them self-sufficient. Lots of knowledge in that group of people.

Hey, let me know when the maple sugar operation runs in the spring. I could try to coordinate my visit with that, although it might still be pretty cold.

- Suzanne, the Farmer's Wife

Train Wreck said...

Oh what a great Christmas! That is what it is all about. Spending time with family and friends! Thanks for sharing your memories!
Have a Happy Happy New Year!

The W.O.W. factor said...

You are so lucky Heidi, to have a large family to share the Holiday fun with! Mine is small and spread out across the country!
Guess if any had been Ag people, we'd all live close too....seems that that is how is works today. Only Ag families keep their family ties in a neat bow around them!