Sunday, December 28, 2014

Family Days . . .

Christmas Days
Irish Garden House
A bit of our story . . . hopefully in a few words,
I guarantee many pictures.
Mister Irish Garden House guy will start us off with a photo
from the annual Kiwanis Children's Party. 
Guess who was first to sit on Santa's lap!
 Next you will see us enjoying fondue 
at my daughter and son in laws home.on Christmas Eve
We have been enjoying this
tradition together for several years. 
Steak, meat balls, veggies are some of our favorites.
Grandson Tyler, SIL Mike, Jordon and his friend McKenna
Mike and Linda, Mike's parents
Other family gatherings happened here this past weekend.
Guess who also stopped by!
I was very happy to see and be with
Great Grand Oakland.
I had fun searching for a holiday dress for her
. . . which she wore for about twenty minutes.
Crawling requires proper clothing, not a dress because
the knees can't move fast enough when stuck inside a dress!
Oakland enjoyed crawling everywhere . . .
we all spent some time on the floor with her! 
DIL Sue with baby Oakland
DIL Sue, granddaughter Amanda, grandson Cody
my kiddos, Suzie and Scott
peek a boo
Grandpa Mike keeping an eye on her
peek a boo one more time 
grandson Jordon, Snickers and a little bit of Mia
present game
Granny Suzie and Oakland
this little one can
Scott and wiggle worm 
laughter, visiting, gifts, fun
cropped her photo for a close up
 wonderful days, I love her so, she puts a spring in my step, all of our steps
her busy little fingers, big round expressive eyes, chattering away, crawling, climbing
did I say . . . I love her
gatherings with family members and friends on various days and evenings, here and away, long walks on clear, snowless roads and paths, listening to music, church services, singing carols, food planning, preparing, cooking, grazing . . .
repeat that again and again.
Happy Holidays
 Although we have enjoyed our happy days
we realize these aren't always happy days for everyone.
We have friends and family members who are
grieving the deaths and tender losses of loved ones.
Jack and I think of each of them and keep them in our caring.
Someone Is Standing Outside,
Invite them In,
Touch Hands,
Be Kind
Love, Lynne  


eileeninmd said...

Hello Lynne, looks like everyone had a great Christmas.. You have a lovely family and Oakland is such a cutie..She is the star...Beautiful photos! Have a happy week ahead! I wish you and your family a happy, healthy New Year!

bj said...

A wonderful post, full of family, love, blessings, good foods and ...just being a part of a family is our greatest blessing here on Earth.
Loved seeing your pretty family...

Sarah Huizenga said...

What lovely family times. We are blessed and yes think of those in different situations.

MarmePurl said...

Merry Christmas Lynne. Thank you for inviting us in.

Buttons said...

Oh Lynne this made me smile look at that little smiling face I can see why she would put a spring in your step. Your time with family looks like it will be forever imprinted in your memory. PERFECT. Hug B

TexWisGirl said...

sweet little oakland. loved seeing snickers, too. :)

Missy George said...

Beautiful post Lynne..Looks like you had a wonderful family time..making lots of memories.. Oakland is precious and I'm sure she's such a joy to you..Thanks for sharing your family time..Enjoy the rest of 2014!!

Pamela Gordon said...

Wonderful to see all the fun you had with your family over Christmas. Oakland was the centre of attention for sure. What a sweet little dolly she is.

Bonnie said...

Wonderful fun! Loved seeing everyone...Oakland is absolutely adorable. I hope you have a wonderful New Year! Bonnie

amanda | wildly simple said...

Oh, that sweet Oakland!!
Love seeing the generation together for the holidays. We had our 14 month old nephew Owen here at our house yesterday.. What a treat!
Such a good reminder in those caring words.. We spent Christmas Eve with the young couple we know who lost their baby Charlie this early fall. They're trying to return to "normal" happenings after all those months in the hospital with him. I could see it was hard for them, knowing this should have been his first Christmas. Very humbling. It felt good to know that in their time of hurting and healing we might be able to at least aid in a smile or two.
Heartfelt Holidays, Lynne!