Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Wrap-Up

We had a wonderful holiday with lots of visiting. good food and laughs. Below is my nephew that I was so thrilled have for a couple of nights. There are just people you love so much and they light up a room. He is one of them. He gave me the best gift with his visit. Something must be wrong with me as I am not going to the Country General Store after Christmas sale. I go every year but last night I told hubby I have enough Christmas stuff and can't add one more thing and I am tired and am going to stay in my sweats all day and play with the kids, edit some of our pictures (erasing the ones where I have ten chins).  I have already made playdough soup this morning so I am on track to spend the day not doing much of anything.


Christmas Eve was at our friend's annual party. Here Q is rocking the party with some drums.


I gave the kids the Just Dance game. It was a hit but it is harder than you'd think or I am just that lame? Not sure.


Funny hats were popular this year. This one made the rounds.


Here it is on grandpa. Hmm which one does it look cuter on.


Early Christmas morning. Santa has been here and just waiting for the kids to rise. They always sleep in and we wake them cause we can't wait any longer. Hubby brews some coffee and the moments before the opening begins is what all the work was about. Good job moms and dads. We all made another Christmas happen for our kids.


My husband always says, "There's another Christmas in the books." Here we are tired but happy that we had a wonderful time and all went well.


My heart was torn over the holiday as my brother's step daughter, who is dying of cancer, has just been taken off life support. We spent the holiday with loved ones and enjoying good times while my poor sister in law is doing what must be the hardest thing ever, saying goodbye to a child. Say a prayer that she can recover from this. I mean are you ever the same after that? I pray her family and kids find some peace after it is all over. Such a hard time for them.
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21 comments:

Ursula said...

May memories comfort you and bring you peace during this very difficult time.Words fall short of expressing my sorrow. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Cozy Little House said...

First Elaine, you are absolutely beautiful and should not have to edit any photos of you! Second, no I don't think you'd ever be the same. I'm so sorry for the family. I did a lot of stories in my journalism days. Some were of mothers grieving. Hard to watch. Can't imagine how hard it is to live it. Hardest thing a mother could do.
Brenda

Kerin said...

It's nice to have a wonderful Christmas....but nice to be moving on too :)

Sorry about your brother's step daughter... that's a rough one.
Praying for them.

Mecky said...

My heart goes out to your sister-in-law. My sister had to do the same 11 years ago. I will say a prayer for her.

I am glad that you had a nice Christmas. Ours was nice, too.

Happy New Year

Lori Lynn said...

hmmm...what is playdough soup???

Cindy said...

I am so sorry about your brother's step-daughter. I can't imagine the pain they are going through.

Yes, it is good to have another Christmas done well! I always breathe a sign of relief. :)

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

So sorry for your brother's family. It has to be heartbreaking...but so glad you had another wonderful Christmas! Take a day off!! I am!

Leslie said...

What a nice Christmas for the books. Such a gorgeous picture of you and your husband. I am so sorry to hear about your brothers family, they are in my prayers.

Ps. Grandpa is looking hot in the hat. : )

Kris said...

What a wonderful Christmas!!! I have a nephew like that, and actually, he and his brother both, are very near and dear to us. He is the one who was visiting from the bay area and came to our enchilada making party. You look wonderful in those photos! You are such a natural beauty!! I didn't go to any sales either. Just taking it easy around here, and going to see a movie in a bit with my husband.
I am so very sorry for your brother and sister in law. It is such a horrible thing. My husband lost his brother, and so I know, that they will never be the same again. But time will heal them some. Prayers to them.
Hugs,
Kris

Olive Cooper said...

Such lovely photos of your family and especially YOU. Will pray for your brother's family and they will never be the same. I lost a brother once so I know.

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Will be praying for your brother's family. How sad. The pictures of your family are really lovely! Love the tree!

Sarah said...

Thinking about you and your family during this difficult time. No, one is never the same after the loss of a child. I'll keep each of you in my prayers.

Michelle said...

I will keep your brothers family in my prayers.

Mimi Sue said...

Looks like you guys had a great Christmas. So sorry to hear about your little niece. Our prayers are coming her way. Mimi

Lemon Lane Cottage said...

I can't imagine what your sister in law is going through and the whole family as well. I will keep them in prayer.

I am glad Santa made it your house with all the bad weather and all...lol! What a great picture of you and hubby. I would definitely have that one framed. The only thing I'm on the look out for are great looking storage bins. I may sneak out to Lowes and Home Goods today if I get a second. Enjoy your day off and I will talk to you soon. Patty

deb said...

your post just broke my heart.....so very very sad for your family....

I didnt go to any sales either, I think I have enough too!!!

rachelsjunkinthetrunk said...

Awe,this post,as always,was filled with love and family.Very precious!Always love the pics. Grandpa was really sporting that hat!

Sweet Tea said...

I especially loved the photo of your Christmas tree. Beautiful. And the hat is adorable on everyone who was wearing it!
I'm very sorry for the heartache within your family. Very sorry.

NanaDiana said...

Elaine- What a beautiful family...and wonderful post. I know the joy that is intermingled with sadness on these Holidays. MyHero is a chaplain at a local hospital and got called in 3 times on Christmas Day as someone in different families were passing. The passing of an older person is expected and not nearly as hard as that of a young person leaving for the other shore. God bless your family as you travel this path. xo Diana

~Sara said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas. I love the picture of you and hubby. You make a great looking couple.

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

How difficult it must have been to be having a wonderful Christmas with your family while in the back of your mind knowing that there is sorrow in another part of your family...and at Christmas no less!!
I think that losing a child is probably the hardest loss that a family can face. My heart goes out to your brother's family.

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