Friday, December 27, 2013

A Quick Trip Home

We have been celebrating Christmas for the past week.  That is one of the blessings of a blended family, you have more family!  It has been so wonderful to spend time with everyone.  I have a few photos from our celebrations from our home and from my parents.  Somehow, I missed out on a couple of the others.  That's really hard to believe since I'm generally photographing something (even if it's just the food I prepare photographed with my iPhone).

The first gift opening was with our children and puppy.  Needless to say, they were very fortunate children this year.  They were also good, very thoughtful, gift givers. 

Try as I might, I could not get my nephew Ashton to smile in a picture with Auntie.  

One of the highlights for our kiddos each year is making sugar cookie cutouts and decorating them with Grandma Sandy.  As I was listening to her work with them, I had a better understanding of why children benefit from being around their grandparents.  She was MUCH more patient with them than I ever would have been!

They really took their time and were very detailed this year!

The rule in our family is that the youngest do the dishes.  This has to be completed prior to gift opening.  That's a pretty good incentive to get it done.  Until this year, my children have been too young.  They are still too young to wash the china and crystal glasses.  However, they were trusted with the pots and pans.  My sister, Beth, and I were more than happy to pass the torch!

This is my nephew Roman sporting his new tie from Simple Family Gifts.  Doesn't he look handsome in his chevron pattern?  It really completes his already darling ensemble!

PS: Simple Family Gifts is a real-life-family-owned-small-business.  Check out their Etsy shop!

 Stocking time!

Looks like they made the nice list!

Little man really LOVED his chocolate!

Sydney loved her "sporty" clothes and Roman was digging Sydney's lip balm.  He liked it so much that he later took a pretty big bite from it...yum!

I'm sorry to be missing photos of so many loved ones that we were able to visit over the past week.  And I'm really sorry that the flu bug kept us from spending time with a few others.

All in all, it was a very Merry Christmas!

We are now looking forward to New Year's Eve...more photos to come!

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