Monday, December 27, 2010

As Christmas always does, it came on silent
feet . When we are
young we wait with baited breath in our beds
hoping to hear Santa on the roof or the
pawing of a Reindeer hoof. As adults we
hope to get all of the toys assembled before
the first awaking - and then the family grows
up and as the years go by the family changes.
Our family has changed a great bit in
the last few years with the loss of my
husband and our youngest daughter. It
seemed to me that the family had
become very small. Now it is changing!
Richard and Sheri's girls are growing up
and beginning to start lives of their own.
What a joy it is to see the family growing
We began our celebration in the family
room with an appetizer table set with
goodies to sample as we opened our
gifts. A beginning of our Christmas feast.
Danyel, the family clown, cut a pumpkin
face in the Gouda Cheese.

I didn't take as many pics this year as I
normally do, guess I was just to busy enjoying
myself. This is daughter Joan in the white
sweater, in the foreground, is Sheri's oldest
daughter, Brandi, our child that has been
so ill this year and is now recovering nicely.
Sorry this picture is so dark but I did want
to get am overall picture. This is a small
portion of the room.
Brani and her fiance' Curtis. This young couple
will be married next April and we are all
looking forward to the nuptials.
For the first time in 47 years there was a
toddler in the house! What a wonder it was
to have this little one with us. Her name is
Savannah and she is 18 months old. She is
the daughter of Lisa's significant other.
This is Sheri, Richard's wife holding her.

Savannah and her daddy.
The best pictures of Savannah are not on the
camera. They are in my memory. She loves
loves animals. Well, guess what - Eloise is
just the right size for this little one.
The best memory is of Savannah getting
down in the crawl position and kissing
Eloise on the nose. Happenings to fast
to get a camera picture.
All in all, it turned out to be a lovely day. The anticipated snow storm changed its mind and all were able to travel safely. Gifts were exchanged, some very nice, so very funny, all received in good spirits. To me, the most important part of the day, is the meal we share together. There is something about the "breaking of bread" as a family that personifies the spirit of the season and goodwill toward men.
Eloise and I wish each and every one a happy, healthy, and peaceful New Year.


moosecraft said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too, Doris! You have a very beautiful family! Little Savannah looks like such a sweetheart! :-)

Joanne said...

So happy you had a nice Christmas - It is so much better with a little one around - we have none - so there are no toys to play with!

weaverpat said...

Dear Doris,
Our family has gotten very small and I don't think there is much hope of growth. I'm glad yours is getting larger again. It's so nice to have little ones to brighten up the gathering.
Your food looks yummy! I know how long and hard you worked to provide the nicest dinner possible. Now, take a deep breath and get some rest!
Then onward to the new year.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Doris ~
What a beautiful post. I know how hard you've been working, cooking up a storm. It looks like your Christmas day was a great success.
Little Savannah looks so sweet. What fun to have a little one around.
Tell Eloise Hopscotch says hi and sends a big chug hug!

Kathy (woolfind) said...

Great post Doris! Merry Christmas. It sounded like it was a perfect day for all of you. Glad the weather cooperated for their travels. Savannah is adorable. I'm sure she warmed everyone's heart.

Kim said...

You certainly had a house full. It sounds like a wonderful day surrounded by so many loved ones. The food table looks great and the pumpkin gouda made me giggle.
Thanks for your sweet comment, yes we are safe, sound and warm.

Julia said...

Doris, I enjoyed reading your blog this evening. I'm so glad that you had a house full of family and the little Savannah is so adorable. Don't blink because they grow up so fast right before your eyes.

The food looks very appetizing and you pay attention to the details.

This is the first year that I don't host the Christmas dinner at my house. My daughter wanted to have it at her house this year but they came for a visit after lunch.

I haven't found time to blog as my life seems so busy lately and even have to sit at the computer about four times in order to read my followers' posts. Sometimes I don't even have time to leave comments as I'm a slow two finger typist. Take care, hugs. Season's Greetings JB

Kathy (woolfind) said...

Happy New Year Doris... A lot of accomplishments for you over the past year. Hope you have many more this year. Wonderful times spent with family, you are very fortunate!