Saturday, December 26, 2009


I don’t know about you but I love Christmas Day….seems everyone is in the SAME MOOD….ready for whatever comes their way whether it be the gifts they are receiving…or giving or the table full of holiday fixin’s, and in our house there were many as I’m sure there were in yours too.
My morning started out quiet with getting ready for the gang to show up while Doug was out shoveling snow (or maybe it was a combination of the sleet and snow we had during the night)
By 1:00 two of our sons and their families arrived and it started our celebration. Darren, MaryAnn and Aidan didn’t make it as we sort of knew would happen – Aidan has a virus and was still running a fever so they stayed home. Darren was going to join us alone but we told him it was his place to be with his own little family and we were okay with it, so he thanked us very much for that….although it was the first Christmas in his 45 years that we didn’t share this day together,….sad, but it is life and with a baby these things do happen.
I don’t many pictures today – most of the ones I took are not good enough for viewing by anyone but me because I am a lousy picture taker and as you all know my camera wants to take blurry photos….it’s not the operator either but the ones here are okay.
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Emily and Joe brought their new game with them so Aunt Jamie is helping them set it up….Jesse is putting a puzzle challenge together (he never did figure it out!)Gametime

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Joe is a Lego fanatic…this year he wanted the biggest set he’s ever owned. Look at that smile!!!!

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This is Dan with his daughter Alex and her boyfriend Clint – he celebrated Christmas with us this year


(Photo Below) Jesse and Alex gave us a basket full of DVD’S and popcorn for Movie Night! Plus Doug got a gift card.

 Gifts from kids1

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I put it on my list and look…..I got it!!!!!
My first Jill Peterson book….I’ve been wanting this series for ever and never want to part with the money….well all you gotta do is ask and ye shall receive.


Later this afternoon we have been invited to Doug’s cousins house in Janesville for a Spaghetti dinner. His cousin is home from Arkansas and visiting his sister there, so it makes it easy for us to visit him while he’s home.
Lola had to be part of our Christmas too – since the tree was put up she made her bed under it and even with gifts it didn’t stop her….so here she is peeking through the packages.
Lola under tree
Lola under tree closeup

Hope you all had as wonderful a Christmas as we did (minus one family). I know it could have been worse than just not being with our son and his family on this one day – they are close enough to see them in a few days…but there are many of you who won’t even be able to make it up in the near future because of family members being in the Military or over seas or just the fact of the economy making it impossible for the visit….but I know that all of your loved ones are in each of your hearts regardless of the distance.
I know those that I couldn’t be with are in my heart.


  1. Hi Karen, so glad you had a wonderful day. We did too - and it will continue for today and tomorrow! It is snowing here today, but it rained all day yesterday. Lucky girl! I want those books too. Sorry your little Aiden wasn't feeling well. Aren't you anxious to fix a cup of coffee, turn on some music and read that book? Have a great weekend, Dawn

  2. It sounds like you had a wonderful day and the pictures aren't bad. I had hoped for some good ones of our grandson opening his gifts but he's fast and all I got were 'butt shots'... lol Love the picture of Lola!

    Merry Christmas from our home to yours,

  3. glad your christmas was a joyous one...wishing you a blessed new year ahead!

  4. There is nothing better than family time! Glad you had a great day.

  5. Looks like a wonderful day had by all....thank you for sharing your Christmas!


  6. Karen,
    It looks like everyone had a wonderful day. I hope little Aidan gets feeling better. I got my first Jill Peterson book, too. I love it. Have a great weekend.

  7. Well our day was super quiet and just the 4 of us. My computer was playing today my honey bunny bought me a new one. I am glad you had a great day. It would have been weird without Darren after 45 years!!! Hope Aiden is feeling better soon. I love your photos! You keep taking them for us. Love to you and Doug. xxxRobby

  8. Merry Christmas Karen! We had a wonderful Christmas too. All of our 6 kids were here during the day, but we were missing our 2nd to youngest son's fiancé. She went home to Riverside CA to be with her family. Next year is the off year and our children will be spending the day with their in law families, so we enjoyed the total chaos that comes with everyone being together! Hope Adain is well very soon. I would love the set of books too, but I feel like you do about them. LOL So how fun to get one for Christmas! Enjoy the rest of your week end.

  9. Karen...your pics describe a wonderful family filled day!!

    I'm so happy you received your first Jill Peterson book!! How exciting!!


  10. Hi Karen.....glad your Christmas was a good one.
    All of your pictures are great. Love your new blog look.
    We were lucky enough to have all 3 daughters, sons-in-laws and grandchildren together too.
    Life is good!

  11. you must have had a wonderful day.i was missing part of my family,too. my daughter ,SIL and grandson live in kentucky[he's military]. but aleast he's statside this year. happy new year to you and your famiy.

  12. Hey Karen,
    Looks like you had a great time with your family and scored some nice loot to boot!! I know about not being able to have all your family together. Both of my brothers live in Arkansas and Oklahoma and we didn't get to be with them this year. We are planning a trip out their way early in 2010 so we will hopefully get to see them soon. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  13. Lovely pics of a lovely Christmas! Have a blessed New Year.

  14. Your pictures turned out wonderful! Looks like a fun day was had by all!
    Although our kids didn't make it home this year, we had lots of nice phone calls.
    Your kitty is just too cute among those presents!

  15. That was so nice of you to let you son stay home with his family. Even though I know it was hard for you guys. It still looks like fun was had by all :)

  16. Karen, Looks like you had a great Christmas. I would love to look at that book with you. It just looks great. I loved the DVDs in a basket for a gift. How neat is that. I wish for you many blessings this upcoming year.

  17. I'm glad you had a great Christmas with your family minus one...I know if it happened to us it would be the same went by so fast did't it? I hope Jan. and Feb. go by just as quick:)

  18. Looks like you had a great day. The Legos look so fun! Can't wait until my grandchildren are ready for those. I loved playing with them with my girls.


  19. Sounds like you had a wonderful day! I love the picture of Lola, so cute!!

  20. Looks like you had a great holiday with your family, you can see the joy in everyone's faces. Hope you have a happy new year!


  21. Hi, Karen! Thanks for visiting my blog! Glad that you found me via Robby's site. Yes, those old barns sure are beautiful. The setting for this one was incredible with the water reflection.

    You have a lovely home! I loved looking at all your wonderful decorations. The post with the yearly Christmas tree photos was funny!

    Best wishes to you for a happy new year!

  22. Hi Karen, Glad to hear that you had a wonderful Christmas to! Don't you wish we could bottle that Christmas spirit up and let it out when ever we needed some? Love the picture of Ms. Lola under the tree! Oh and that book looks like something that I would love! May God Bless you and your family in 2010!

  23. Karen, Glad that your Christmas was family filled & fun. Hope that the other family members are feeling better now. I would love to have the Jill Peterson Book also. Are you blessed or what????????

  24. Karen,
    It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas spent with your loved ones!Lola looks cute peeking through your tree :)

  25. Karen, your home looks so beauiful at Christmas!!
    That is what Christmas is about family around us!!!
    God Bless,

    Hillcrest Home Prims

  26. I loved your pictures and I agree Christmas Day is a special day. Seems we are all at peace and just happy to be with one another.



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