Thursday, December 30, 2010

Seems like a blur.....

They came, we had a great time and they've all flown off back home.

Seems like a blur!  

Christmas was a bit more special this year having all three grandchildren home!  We felt very blessed as this was the first year the two older grands were with us on Christmas day and as an added blessing, we had our new grandson Charley.  Ashley and Adam enjoyed Charley and he enjoyed everything!

The grandchildren! Charley, 6 months, Ashley 18 years and Adam 14 years.

Ashley and Adam got a kick out of posing with Nana!  Well, at least they humored me.

Charley loves playing with Uncle Matt.

This is a picture I take every year and have from the time they were little.  It took a few clicks to get them to both smile at the same time.  I wanted to get Charley in between them in a picture, but by the time he got to Nana's, the bed just never seemed to get made!

A few days before Christmas Russell's mom came to dinner.  Ashley and Adam always love seeing Mema.

We have have a Christmas tradition popping crackers..... you may call them poppers.... at the end of a meal.  They always have a crown and some little toys.

The host king

The host king, the queen mother and Russell's nephew Prince Chris.

Queen Nana with Prince Adam and Princess Ashley.

Prince David with soon to be Princess wife Arwen and her daughter Princess Devin.

Prince Matthew

A fun little dinner as we prepare to celebrate the birth of the true King of the world, King Jesus.

Nana and Charley, our newest Christmas gift.

I do have a suggestion for anybody who wants a good family picture at anytime of the year.  HIRE A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER.  The pictures were in my mind, I bought the black shirts that nobody really wanted to wear and once again my fantasy came oh, so close.  We lacked one child.....and  between that and getting everyone to look at the camera at the same time, well here are the results.  We did get one with Nana, Pappy and all the grandchildren, but as you see, Pappy was looking at Charley.

One with the children (minus Paul who couldn't be with us) and grandchildren with Charley looking up.

One with great grandmother (Mema).

This is a good one of Tommy, Claudia and Charley.

After we had a big breakfast, with Pappy cooking, and opened presents, we headed over to my brother's for our annual Christmas dinner.  More on that tomorrow or the next day.


Debby@Just Breathe said...

The pictures are all really cute. I think the family shots are sweet and down to earth. Little Charley is adorable and of course your two older grandchildren are awesome too! Looks like you all had a wonderful time. Thank you for sharing your memories.

Needled Mom said...

It is so hard to get a good group picture. All of your pictures are fabulous and it shows that you had a terrific Christmas. Blessings to your for a terrific 2011 as well.

Cathy said...

I think the one of you and Russell and the 3 grandchildren is wonderful. I think it is sweet that Russell is looking at Charley. The last two weeks have been like a blur for all of us!! Happy New Year!!!

Mimi said...

I LOVE THE TITLE and the fact that the picture is blurred!!Great job Nancy!!!
It does go by so fast now doesn't it!!!!
Love all the pics!!I love family traditions and find it so interesting how everyone's are different and alot the same, makes each family unique!!!
Love the pics!!And yeah as a NEW Photographer trying to get a small business started, hire a photographer!!!We hired one in Pananma City beach for our family beach pics, his name is Bob something, I can get you his name!!!haha
Happy New year

Anonymous said...

Nice pictures and good times, and yes it goes by way to fast

Kat said...

Wow, you really did have a wonderful Christmas. You are truly blessed. Ours was good too.

Happy New Year!

Dawn said...

Looks like a wonderful time - love the blurred picture - I could never do that intentionally, though it happens all the time unintentionally. Love the attempt at family photos - it really is hard. But they're fun regardless!

Have a wonderful day - can you believe it's been 11 years since all the Y2K hype??

Pauly said...

Hey Mom, I think your pics are fine! Also, I know a pretty good photographer, my lovely wife! And, God willing, we'll be home for next Christmas. I really, really need to come home for a visit. Keep myself grounded, and remember who I was raised to be! And reading your blog helps me to do that. Thanks Mom, I love you!!!

Tonja said...

It's true! It is so much easier to get pics made with a professional photographer. Isn't it wonderful to have them? I am so glad you were able to have them all there with you. And, that Charley is the cutest! Do you just sit and pinch those cheeks?

Blessings for a wonderful 2011 filled with many happy times.

Deborah said...

What a beautiful family!
Great pictures!!
Have a great day!

kyooty said...

Lovely pictures of a lovely holiday. Happy New Year