Monday, December 29, 2014

Let There Be Light!

Our holidays aren't really over for quite some time yet, with friend gatherings slated for the upcoming week or two!


But there was plenty of light going on in our world on Christmas!

There was the candlelight on the table as we enjoyed our traditional Christmas Eve feast.

The diabolical light in the eyes as Kevin trounced us in Scrabble. (Rick and I remember when we had to help him with the letters when he was just a kid. Now he's a grown up kid and I wished he was helping me!) Yes, there are a couple of entries here we find questionable -- but I don't think it would have mattered.

There was the light of the grill flames when Kevin grilled wings with the new sauces he and Molly gave Rick for Christmas. (And mighty tasty, too!)

There was a lot of light in the kitchen as we turned them up to be able to do the best frosted cookies. Frosting cookies on Christmas Eve is our tradition, one we've been doing since both boys were small.


This year we seemed to have a record number of cookies! Yes, lots taken to friend gatherings -- better their hips than mine (though I had my share!)


There's always light in our eyes when Rick makes bread! This time he was making it to send north when the boys and Molly left to do the holidays with their mom.

Let there be light in the eyes when opening the Christmas presents....


....and playing with them out later!


Yes, our eyes light up with the traditional breakfast, complete with toasts! (Versus toast.)

We do the obligatory family portraits....

But nothing makes our eyes light up like the fortuitous appearance of the meter reader just as we were taking photos. Finally, one with all of us!

It's time for the kids to leave, as we say goodbye and watch their tail lights as they go down the street. A wonderful holiday filled with joy! But there is one missing from all this!

In case you wonder where Lizzie was, she comfortably having her hours of sleep at her own house. But never fear -- she, too, had her holiday gifts and loved them!

There are more celebrations to have, of course. Leftovers in which to indulge, new gifts to play with, lunches and dinners with friends, post-holiday shopping and yes, thank you notes to write.

But first, let's have a cookie!


I need orange said...

Still chuckling about the fortuitous arrival of the meter reader.... :-)

Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

How wonderful! Seems like you had a great Christmas.

littleRamstudio said...

Looks like a 'brilliant' Christmas!
Heather :)

Jenny Woolf said...

What a lot of beautiful colourful happy pictures Jeanie! and it sounds as if there are more good times to come.

Next year I will try baking cookies. It's not a tradition here- but they're so pretty

Deb said...

Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas. Lots of family fun and good eats. I have resolved myself to not worry anymore about Christmas-time calories. "Merry Christmas Miss Lizzy." Hugs, Deb

Mary said...

Lots of fun family time, lots of light and frosted cookies. Sounds like a beautiful Christmas to me,Jeanie! :)

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday! The weather must have been mild based on that grilling photo - it was mild in Minnesota, too! We had a great Christmas, although it was dampened a bit by the stomach flu moving through my family. There's never a good time for that but Christmas is especially bad. :(

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh Jeanie...."tail lights.." You just gave me an idea for a poem.

WHAT WONDER you have been up to! Even the dog is festive in his/her sweater! teehehehehehe

Isn't this truly a great time of year to recreate the LOVE that came down one night from a glowing star?


Jennifer Richardson said...

I love your family Christmas:)
So beautiful and soaked in light.
And those cookies.....yes to another, please:)
Much love and cool runnings in the year to come!

Joanne Huffman said...

Love these photos - so full of holiday cheer and love. The twelve Days of Christmas go on until January 6 and the arrival of Epiphany, so it's fitting that your partying should continue.

Shelia said...

Jeanie! It looks like you had the most wonderful Christmas! Lovely family and so many talented ones, making great, grilling and I spy cookies! I love cookies. Thanks for being such a sweet blogging friend and here's to next year blogging with you.
You're always a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Quiltmoose - Dagmar said...

Seems like you had a wonderful family Christmas!
Now I wish you a happy, healthy and creative new year!
Hugs, Dagmar

Retired English Teacher said...

Your Christmas celebration with the boys looks as if it were just perfect. I do hope they are doing well.

I loved how the meter reader showed up at just the right time to take a photo of you all.

Happy New Year!

The French Hutch said...

Looks to be a wonderful Christmas Jeanie. I love the little bottle brush trees and of course the big tree is glorious. I think everyone looks delighted to be at your table.
Like you, we are still enjoying the holidays.
Wishing you my dear friend a beautiful and wonderful New Year.


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Precious Jeanie, may your 2015 be bright as Christmas past. Thank you for coming to visit me and thank you for the lovely shares I get to see when you post. MUCH LOVE! Anita

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

It looks like you all had a wonderful Christmas celebration full of tradition. What a beautiful family you have. Wishing you all the best in 2015.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh sweet Jeanie, thank you for coming to Nowhere! teehee...we are so silly but love it that way! BIG HUGS, ANita

Bella Rum said...

I love the photo that the meter reader shot for you. Ha! You all look so happy..
I'm glad you had a Merry Christmas.

Sandy K. said...

Your celebrations are always so much fun to read about, visually as well as through the printed word. Thank you so much for putting forth your energy and positive spirit for us to enjoy!

Esme said...

what fun Christmas traditions.

Anonymous said...

What a champ the meter reader was! I hope you shared a cookie or two with him/her. :) Your family is beautiful. I really enjoyed your light-filled Christmas. :)

~*~Patty S said...

Beautiful happiness and light in your celebrations!
thank you for sharing...

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