Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas in Review

                     I was off on Christmas Eve, it was snowing.....yippee and I was wrapping gifts.

We got ready to head out in the snow to drive to my brother in laws.
Hard to see at night but is beautiful. The spots are huge snowflakes.

My sister in law is a great cook, we had tons of appetizers and deserts.
All 8 siblings were there and all the grandchildren with the exception of 3 in Texas. I think that made 34 of us piled in their house. We ate and then have a "White Elephant" gift exchange.

How about a Halloween mask

A Sauna suit?

Everyone was stealing this gift "magnum" as he was called. We used his head to spin to see who's turn it was for charades.

My contribution was a 2011 calendar "Nuns having Fun"

The best part was this..........
All 8 together!

Christmas Day we had my brother and wife over at noon

My mothers Christmas Lenox, silver Oneida Silver Artistry, Glasses Waterford Araglin, and for desert I used my mother's crystal Oneida Holly pattern.

We always make such a mess and look, Pinky is worn out!

But the best part was the gifts my brother gave me
He gave me my Dad's projector and all our family slides. He wrapped them all up himself, one by one for me.
A package of old photos. Notice the Kodachrome? We heard on the morning news today after December 30th it is a thing of the past, only one place in the USA still processes it but only till that date.

And in the pictures, as I looked at them yes I cried.

Pictures of our tree in the 70's and notice who is top of the tree? my angel! There is even a picture of me with our dog Queen....I even have my fuzzy pink slippers on. ( Do you see that Rebecca?)

The it was on to my sister in law's for dinner.

With my dear Mother in law

The house is a mess because as my husband was helping my brother and sister in law out to the car......THE TREE FELL OVER. What was up with that, luckily I only lost 2 ornaments so we may be taking the tree down today :(

It is still beautiful out and Heidi is out enjoying it.

Winter view of what is normally my blog header

It went quick, but such good memories, laughs and tears.

Joining Seasonal Sundays


Tete said...

Oh, I love all your photos and the magnum is scary looking- so you better not let Rebecca see him! She loves things like that!
The photo of all 8 kids together is wonderful to have! Sorry your tree fell over!
The projector, slides and photos are so the best present ever! Can't wait till you start posting them!
When my father in law had to move into Cougill manor from Adams Ave- we got all the photos, slides with projector and all of the negatives! He was an amatuer photographer and took photos all his life but the ones I like the best are the ones he took during the depression.

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Merry Christmas Ann Sweetie...
Oh aren't memories just the best? I am so tickled you got the projector and all the slides. What fun you are going to have with them. I hope there will be many you will share. I love it that you had a picture with your sweet angel on top. That is just the best of all. Loved those pink fuzzy slippers as well. I had a pair, but I believe mine were blue.

Sorry that the tree fell over, but thankful you only lost a couple of ornaments. I hate it when that happens, and at some point and time, each year, in one of our homes, it topples over.

The photo of all 8 siblings together is wonderful. I love that most of all. That is what Christmas is about, sharing with the family and the love for each other. So beautiful Ann, so beautiful.

Well 2011 is almost upon us. Can you believe it? I sure can't. Stay warm sweet friend. No snow here in the desert but a cloudy day.

Many hugs and much love, Sherry

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What a fun time you had! Family makes the holidays special to me. My honey shoots film and has been using all his Kodachrome and getting it processed. He is sad to see it go. Love the old slides, what a special gift.

Marlis said...

Nothing like families being able to spend the holidays together to give the season and extra special glow. I am so happy you got the projector and the pictures.. how super special. Thanks so much for sharing..

The Tablescaper said...

What a wonderful way to spend the holidays - lots of familly; lots of food and lots of visiting.

It's great to have you being a part of Seasonal Sundays. As these days turn from the Christmas Season to the Season of Winter, I hope you'll continue to share with us.

- The Tablescaper

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

What a great gift from Mark. I know it means the world to you :)

Rebecca said...

Looks like a memory filled Christmas and what a wonderful gift in all those pics(the best kind-right!). Yes-I saw the slippers -wish mine would have been pink!!! Loved seeing all the family fun gift exchange-looks like a riot!

The Decorative Dreamer said...

I enjoyed your holiday post of your familys get togethers. They look like you had a lot of fun! I know you will cherish your brothers gift for sometime. That was so thoughtful!

LV said...

Perfect weather for this great family gathering. It appears everyone had a super good time.