Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Come again?

The last couple of months that is......time has gone by so quickly that I realized I didn't do a Christmas post!  So briefly.....although my husband says I don't do briefly.....we had a very nice Christmas and enjoyed being with family and friends, while missing some who weren't here.  When you have a big family, it's hard for everyone to be in one place at the same time, but we try as often as possible.

I seriously tried cutting back the number of pictures for this post.

Russell started a tradition our very first Christmas of cooking a big breakfast on Christmas morning.  Christmas day was on Sunday this year, so he cooked on Christmas Eve after our church candlelight service.
The chef

A couple of our friends came, along with Mary Catherine (MIL) and Matt
Our friends children came too but they weren't particularly fond of having their pictures taken

Later, after our guests had gone, we opened presents with Matt and Mary Catherine

and our nephew Chris

Christmas day, after church, David and Arwen came to open gifts

We had a good time as you can see

My Pinterest project.....Christmas ornament with David and Arwen's wedding invitation

Still later in the day, we went to my brother's for our traditional Christmas family gathering and dinner

Cousins Bryce and Matt

Some of the guys hanging out

My oldest brother's inlaws....still lovebirds after over 60 years together

Nephew Tommy with mama

We always try to get a sisters picture

My niece Debbie with her four beautiful girls and on the left, my niece Joneida (and Daisy Mae)

For all you pinterest fans, isn't this neat?  My SIL puts her Christmas cards on her pantry doors like a Christmas tree

My niece, Jenny and two of her children

BIL Mike with his mama

Brother Michael and BIL Dick looking sheepish because I demanded sweetly asked them to hide their beer

Christmas trampoline football

Our children who were in town

My beautiful SIL and hostess with granddaughter Lauren

Nephew Don and wife Kathleen

The guys getting ready to play dirty Santa

Brother Tommy with mama

Nephew Andy with his daughter Lauren

Nephew Dickie with wife Joneida and daughter Maggie....and Daisy Mae

That's just a little sampling of the people who were there on Christmas Day.

It was sort of a low key Christmas for us this year.

I have more catching up to do, so I'll be back soon.  I hope.


Gigi said...

If that was "low key" then I don't even want to know what you'd call MY Christmas!!

Looks like a wonderful celebration!

Julie said...

If this is "low-key", I can't imagine what full-scale must be! You have a lovely family Nancy.

Deb said...

never too late to share Christmas...looks like a great time was had by all

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Loved looking at all your pictures..but not so sure about low key.

I have a giveaway this week so hope you can stop by


Needled Mom said...

It looks like it was a wonderful Christmas. I love your ornament with the wedding invitation!!!! Very clever.

It was nice to return to Christmas.

Stella said...

How wonderful to have that much family that get together at one time. Looks like everyone is smiling and having a great time.

Shrinky said...

Goodness, what a beautiful family gathering - it's obvious what a close-knit clan you all are - the photo's say it all! I look forward to getting to know you better, dear lady, I am so glad we have tripped across each other.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Thank you for sharing your photos. What a lovely family and it looks like it was a nice celebration at Christmas. Love the hiding of the beers!

debi said...

So enjoyed looking at all the family photos... We too were pretty low key this year ...


Sweet Tea said...

Beautiful Christmas. So nice to see an extended family gathering. Great memories for everyone.

Auntie Bliss said...

Big good looking family!!!
Low key is best for remember the reason for the season, I think :)

Tonja said...

Well, I guess this is almost like doing Christmas twice! At least you get to remember the happy memeories again. Looks like anything but 'low key', though. Your Mama looks good and the pic of you with Mama and sisters is really good!

It's been a little cool here in LA (Lower AL), and I don't like it.

Have you made your doctors's appt. yet?

Tonja said...

PS Loved that you did the Pinterest ornament. I thought that was a clever idea!