Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas in Review 2011

As I told you yesterday, Christmas did not
turn out as we expected. I guess the good thing
is we packed it all in on Christmas Eve with
our family.

We had my Brother and Sister in law over at noon
for our traditional dinner and unwrapping of presents.

The table was simply set with my Mother's
Lenox and her Holly Fostoria, the silverware
is my Silver Artistry.

Simple centerpiece of a silver compote with a candle.

Everything was illuminated in the dining room

My sister in law gave me some great gifts, a
Encaustic painting she did just for me
with vintage Victorian paper and
a truly unique silver creamer and
sugar that belonged to her Mother.
I will feature it at some point

She is a fantastic photographer and she took these next pictures
Greta enjoying her first Christmas with us, Uncle Mark brought a treat.
She spent most of the day chewing on this then took the remainder out
to bury in the yard....reminded me of the dog from the Travelers commercial.

I still miss Heidi, but who could not love this face?

Boots loves laying under the Christmas tree.
Pinky is put out, he did not get his picture taken!

Then it was on to my Brother in laws, where there is usually about 35 of us.
We have appetizers, a white elephant gift exchange and charades

My husband is one of eight, all were there but one brother and his children
and 2 other granddaughters.
This is my beautiful 87 year young Mother in law with my nephew from
New York's fiance.
We also found out that night one of my nephew's and his wife are
expecting a baby! That will make the 5th Great Grandchild for
my Mother in law.

We took Mom back home and opened up some gifts we got
for her and made it home at 1 am!
Then the next morning Mr. was sick for the first time
since I ever known him in 15 years.
So it was a quiet day at home being a nurse for
him...I did have to run to Walgreens for
some chicken noodle soup.

Today looks like another day of relaxing since he
still does not feel great.
But then that is ok, just sitting and visiting, we
don't get to do that enough.

Hope yours was wonderful!!


Lottie said...

Your pictures of family look wonderful! What a beautiful table! Sorry your husband was sick.


Anonymous said...

Hi Ann! Looks like a great time with your family. Your little mother is so cute. My mother is 88! We're blessed to still have them with us.
I'm so sorry to hear your hubby is sick. I'm sure you're doing a wonderful job of nursing him back to health! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Richard Cottrell said...

Christmas is a emotional time. We work so hard, get so excited, expect so much, and then in a blink it is over. I know I was very let down when I cooked for 2 days and they all said, I am not really hungry as I have been eating all day. Well, next time. Merry late Christmas. Richard and Sissy Dog at, My Old Historic House.

Debbie said...

Sounds like a busy, yet fun holiday!
The pictures show happy faces.
We had a quiet Christmas day...just the two of us after a busy week.

Tete said...

You have been blessed with the most beautiful family and a life that God uses to bring them all together, time and time again. You are the keeper of everything good in your family and the one who keeps the candle lit on cold, lonely nights.
You have so much joy inside you- given to you by your parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles- enough to last a lifetime and just enough left over to pass onto others.
I sure hope Mr is feeling better tonight and that your day was full of making new memories of a Christmas that will not be forgotten anytime soon. ;)
Now, its about time to pack all this stuff up and start thinking valentines and easter!

Olive said...

Lovely table Ann. Your Mil has such a blessed life and family. Hope your dear hubs recovers rapidly.

ann said...

As Christmas 2011 winds down, we have made wonderful memories for our families. You set a beautiful table and had precious time with your loved ones. It is nice that we can share our treasured times with our blogging friends. by the way, Greta is just beautiful. She is one lucy dog.

La Duchessa said...

Immagini bellissime!!!

Rebecca said...

I hope your hubby is feeling better! Sounds like a Christmas filled with the good things-family!

Teresa@1800 Farmhouse Rd said...

Ann, your Christmas table looks beautiful! What wonderful family you have shown off here, and how fortunate you are to have so much family. The dog is gorgeous! So glad she got a treat. Must be a great uncle! So sorry the man is sick. At least he has a wonderful, caring, experienced nurse to pamper and take care of him. Happy New Year if I don't see you before.

Anonymous said...

I can just imagine the merriment with all those people together. What a nice thing! And I sure hope husband is feeling better now. Happy New Year Ann.

Ivy and Elephants said...

Sounds like a fabulous time was had by all. Your table was gorgeous.Have a Happy New Year!

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Hi Ann,
Sounds like you had a fabulous holiday. Our kids all came over Christmas Eve. We exchanged gifts and played a bit of charades ourselves. Isn't it wonderful to spend time with the ones you love? Have a fab New Year!

Sara said...

Hi Ann, thank you for a wonderful Christmas! Sorry Bob got sick :( I'm glad you like the pics I took. I will be back to take some more of that beautiful Greta! (and pinkie) sorry he got his feelings hurt...hehe

Your home is always so beautiful and you make Christmas so special. You are the BEST sister a girl could ask for! {{hugs}} love ya!