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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

What A Way To End The Year

It was such fun to have all my lovely children around me during this blessed Christmas holiday!

And these are the moments:

*Picking up Maryn from the airport---and a big juicy hug---finally!
*Decorated the cookies and put on final Christmas touches.
*Clayton and Brinna coming in----lots of hugs and gaiety!
*First night of caroling----got lost in Hudson----and boy, was it cold---but we love to do this tradition----so great to harmonize with my kids.
*Fun day for last minute shopping, wrapping, and another night of caroling---this time we got more done and I heard the comment, "Why do we have to go to so many people?" And, "Couldn't we just go to the houses that give us something?" Uh, huh----they are kids.....
*Spent the next day doing last minute shopping and wrapping, got the house all cleaned, the rolls out, the soup made, things set out for guests.
*Some great friends over for Christmas Eve. Both families are moving in 2010----so sad.
*Fun carols, Texas and Cajun Night Before Christmas, Chimes played, and finishing up with the Nativity Scene.
*Christmas jammies from Mrs. Claus----fun to take crazy pictures.
*Up at 7:30 a.m.----finding Santa had come! Still great----as we all become small children again!
*Pictures all around---a couple of disappointed remarks---but that's what Christmas is all about, right?
*Blueberry muffins, omelets and hot chocolate----these are our traditional Christmas breakfast fare.
*Time to open presents----more pictures----a bit of a spat between me and the hubby. (long story...sigh)
*Time for the hubby and the kids to play games, put together mechanical toys, as I go to.......bed.........for a long winters nap. Aaaaaahhhhhh.....
*Get up, still in Christmas jammies, put in the ham----Clayton had put out more rolls----good. Cook the potatoes, sweet potatoes and corn. Go take a shower, and change.
*A Christmas feast. An amazing time with people you love the most....the best.
*Brinna leaves to visit friends----sorry to see her go.
*Dinner is done---we bring out the "Black Adder" DVD collection from Santa----to the family----and start watching.
*Next day---general cleanup for me----well, yeah----I'm still a Mom----and kids and hubby go to the mall. I wouldn't take a step out there the day after Christmas---no sirr--eee!
*Go to a movie with my oldest kids----"Nine"---not the best musical, but it makes me happy---and I ADORE Daniel Day Lewis!
*Sunday----our church Christmas program. (we were snowed out the Sunday before) I am a bit stressed as I am the choir director and wrote the program, but things go well.....ahhh, a sigh of relief from me.....
*We go home, have a delicious dinner----Pad Thai----home-made by Clayton, my chef. Delish!
*Brinna comes back and we prepare for one of our favorite things to do-----TAKE OUR FAMILY PICTURES! Ahhh---remember last year? (They were technically posted the beginning of this year---but who's counting?)
*Go to the Mill Building---where my theatre is---my hubby, Bret, gets his things set up---and we do what we do best---be hams!
Want to hire a great photographer? BBSNAPS.NET---(of course, you have to be in the New England area)



It began pretty normally....

...then we mixed it up a bit.

Yep, we got just a bit more absurd.

Everyone in their own world---uh, huh---that's my family!

Got the kids looking adorable....

....right before we let them go wild!

A big jump!

We took time to take a few of Bret and I---taken by my young son, Aydan.

Individual shots:
Beautiful Brinna.

Handsome Clayton.

My little minx, Maryn.

My little cutie guy, Aydan.


(Of course, we are missing part of the family, as my daughter, Hailey, her hubby Ben, and my G-babies live across the country----be sure to visit them HERE)



What a way to end the year.....with my favorite people in all the world.


HAPPY NEW YEAR!


26 comments:

Mrs. Organic said...

I saw these on Fb and loved them - your family is so photogenic!

Glad to hear you had a lovely Christmas.

jennie w. said...

What a great Christmas! And your family is gorgeous!!!

Queenie Jeannie said...

Great photos!! You have a lovely family!

Happy New Year and thank you so much for visiting me on my special SITS Day!!

Kristina P. said...

You family is gorgeous! I love the photos. Great location.

Rachel said...

You guys are so great. I love these pictures!

Isk8Jewel (~Julie~) said...

What a wonderful Christmas and a beautiful family! Wishing you and yours a very happy 2010.

Suzanne said...

Beautiful family and great photos!

M-Cat said...

What a great post! The pictures and your family are beautiful!

miche said...

fun times, thanks for the great Christmas Eve party!

carma said...

those pics are too darn awesome. You sure have lots of fun at your place!! BTW, I loved your honest report of the events - including the disappointed remarks and tiny spat. Would not be a typical family get together (for our family) without either of those occurring ;-)

Remember to go see RDJ when you get a chance. By the sound of it, the movie fared much better at the box office than Nine...(sorry for Daniel Day Lewis- because he is fantastic!)

Renaissance Woman said...

Pictures are amazing! Such a beautiful family!

WendyB said...

LOVE the photos!

Omgirl said...

I love all your pictures. The backdrop is awesome. I'm also jealous of you getting to harmonize with your kids. My mom and brother and I used to sing like that together, and I had visions of doing it with my kids. Sadly, both my husband and daughter are tone deaf. Maybe Beck and I some day...

Anna See said...

Loved the Christmas photos as well as the blog about your family time together. Lovely!

dapper kid said...

Haha, absolutely loving those photographs, how wonderfully fun :) Hope you're having a fabulous 2010 so far!!

Melissa B. said...

Happy New Year! Here's to a wonderful, prosperous, beautiful and safe 2010...

Angela said...

I am so behind with your blog I am just going to start from today! Love love love the photos of everyone. The kids are getting so big!

kado! said...

what amazing photos!!! I love them..and the location! awesome!

wishing you a wonderful 2010!!!

Nana said...

Visiting from SITS. Sounds like Christmas at our house. Our was a little different this year, but I am sure next year we will be back up to our old tricks.

You have a darling family. My daughter was in the New England area for 3 yrs. who knew we could have had a great photographer?

Kristin said...

Happy new year. Your family is so gorgeous. What fabulous pics!

Heather said...

happy new year! gosh, what a beautiful family you have! You all look so happy~

tiburon said...

You have got the most stunning family!

Great pics :)

Mom n Pop Wilson said...

Happy New Year to you! Great pics--thanks for sharing them. I really enjoyed talking with you at Christmas. Thanks for the phone call.

The Rambler said...

These are GREAT pics of you and most of your fam!!

GREAT GREAT!

Happy New Year!!!

Julie said...

I LOVE these pictures - great color, great light, great people!

The Bakers said...

You really are quite a stunning group! That last one looks like a poster for a new NBC Drama!! Beautiful!!

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