Tuesday, December 30, 2008

More family fun...

My son-in-law Steve's sisters came down over the weekend and we all ate supper together at my house. Their mother passed away a few years ago and this is the first time all the siblings have been together for a while. It was fun watching them enjoying being together. When you lose a loved one, you know the importance of spending time together. And I love having more kids to call me "nana."

Thursday, December 25, 2008

What a Wonderful Christmas It Was...

What a wonderful family get-together we had! I made enchiladas which has become our traditional dinner for Christmas. And almost all our kids were able to gather with us today and my brother and his family stopped in which made the day even better. Our house truly did become "the gathering place" as the sign outside the door states.
I made two restaurant size pans just in case... Never want to run out of food!

My oldest son Kevin, explained some scientific concept about terminal velocity to his sister Rachel and his daughter Abbey. Everyone needs to have that knowledge to go through life, don't you know!

The state of the economy and no telling what else was discussed and decided upon.

Superman (alias Luke) even dropped in for a visit. We always welcome "super heroes."

This is my brother's wife Sue and her little grandson. In April she will have a new grand-daughter and Treyton will have a new little sister to share all his toys with. Yeah, we're adding to the family tree!

My son-in-law Steve, with three little boys who are excited about being cousins. And someone has Poppy's attention.

My daughter-in-law Jennifer is trying to convince my son Kevin that he might need to have his eyes checked since it has been 16 years! Can you read that over there on the fireplace was the question we all wanted to know?

Don't know what Luke was telling but I couldn't help enjoying the way he threw himself into the telling of it! You go Luke!

We all admired Yevette's boots and Luke showed off his too! Boots are an important accessory on the farm! Although I'll have to admit I was wondering if I would look as good in them as Yevette does?

My niece Jenni taught her little nephew the wonders of building with legos. Aunts teach you all the important things you need to know as you go through life. Remember that , Jenni!

And aren't these two more precious than words? My grand-daughter Katrina is such a sweetheart. Her and my grandson Koda are special buddies!

Treyton and his daddy Justin. Haven't seen these two for a year. We must do a better job of keeping in touch.

It wasn't cold today but we needed a fire just to take the chill off. And a beautiful fire it was!

Justin's wife Yevette and their son Treyton loved the little horses. Baby sister will be here in April!

Here's "daddy's little girl." Nothing better than relaxing on the couch in front of the fireplace after a good meal and enjoying good company!

Here's my oldest grandson Caleb, who'll be driving next year and my youngest son Tim, our future law enforcement protection.

And here's my younger brother Doug and the members of the "roundtable" discussion group. He's the one that tells these stories about me as the mean old baby-sitter when he was little. Even told my kids I use to claw him with my fingernails. Ha. Don't believe all that. I couldn't catch him!

And of course what's a family get-together without someone initiating a wrestling match? It has something to do with the male genes is all I can figure out! But everyone seems to enjoy it but the mothers!

This is my grand-daughter Abbey deep in thought about something. I love seeing her excited about the latest fashions which I try to convince her are the same ones I use to get excited about! The lesson here is to save your old clothes because they will come back in style someday!

There were presents exchanged between the little ones...

and Luke's response to his gift card was " and now I'm going shoppin..!"

And this is my grand-daughter Emmy who loves anything that sparkles and glitters (kinda like me) showing off the necklace she got for Christmas.

Everyone should know how to play "poker" properly. So gather round, my son will be the teacher.

And here's how you shuffle the cards. Notice the girls are taking it all in.

But don't worry, they don't play for money! Here Emmy shows off the booty she won!

I had such a delightful day! I am filled with dismay and wonder when I see my family all growing up and listening to them tell of what is happening in their lives. And the best part of all is that they all like one another and enjoy getting together . What more could a mother ask for? Hope your day was just as wonderful as mine.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

It's Christmas Eve....

All the nutcrackers are lined up in the window....
the pirate is on guard in his spot....

all is quiet in the house....

the horses are waiting until they can jump off their rockers...

the ballerina is poised, waiting for her dance to begin...

the coveted, velvet doll and the caroler is waiting too....
cause when everyone goes to bed and the house gets finally quiet...
the toys come to life and rock the night away!
Oh come on, think like a child....it's Christmas Eve...

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The challenge of legos

Look at that face! Concentration is the key word here!
Rachel loved the challenge of lego blocks even when she was little. Should have been an architect.

Mark believes in never deviating from the rules. And everyone must go by the rules! So he loves step by step instructions.

Building stuff sure beats sitting in front of a TV all to heck. Expands the mind!

I did it...with the help of my momma!

Some of my favorite things...

Old wool quilts made by hand to keep families warm during hard times! I still go to auctions and buy up old quilts because they are a way of preserving the past. At one time everyone quilted, but not so much anymore.

Praying over the fields and harvests. My grandmother had these pictures. Reminds me that times have been much worse than they are now and depending on God brought our ancestors through.

My favorite old toys! Do you remember the smell old dolls had. I like to go to flea markets and pick up old dolls just to smell that wonderful smell of something old!

Old school desk with old books. The stories were so special. And my doll whose head bobbed reads the day away!

I love to sit in old rocking chairs. And the best ones still have their squeak. I rocked many an hour away sitting on the porch with my grand-parents watching the traffic go by. Does anyone still make the old rugs anymore?

I always found this picture comforting. The dog barking to let someone know he has found the lost and hurting. The airplane belonged to a friend who passed away following a heart attack. We still fight over who is going to get to wear his leather jacket.

Heroes of old. Roy Rogers and Dale Evans were the best. And I had such a crush on Gene Autry when I was a little girl. Look at those styles! Real cowboy and cowgirl clothes!

I ordered this frame on Ebay and couldn't bear to take the picture out of it when it arrived. So I hung it up on the wall just like it was. Instant relatives.

I sewed clothes for a bride doll just like this when I was little. I pumped away on a old tredle sewing machine and created fashion after fashion. Other's had Barbies, but my doll was the best. And I was so impressed with her high heel shoes. Something about those little, rubber, high heel shoes ....

Another of my favorite antiques. I love old pictures! The children still had an innocence about them.

This was all that was left of an old book I rescued and I couldn't bear to see it thrown away!

I love old tea cups and I have lots of them!

This is an old autograph book that was autographed in 1909. Don't you love it!! It once was someone's most precious possession and I'm taking care of it for them!

This is my favorite picture of my mother when she was young. She went on to have eight kids. I love old photographs! And I love the old, handmade quilt. I remember my mom's mother sewing away, making quilts to keep us warm in the winter because our house was heated by wood and I remember how cold the bedrooms were! Nothing beat snuggling under one of her quilts!
Thanks for taking a short trip down memory lane with me and sharing some of the things I treasure most...