26 February 2013

Holiday Memories

I swing between procrastination and being
really thorough so either way things aren't
getting done quickly.
~Freema Agyeman~

This is my Christmas offering.  True, Christmas
all ready seems a long time ago.  However,
perhaps some family members will enjoy the
"virtual visit home" and be reminded even now,
why it is we make the effort each and every year.

As I recall...Emily "only" decorated 21 cookies
this year.  We had a much smaller group compared
to other years, so that worked in her favor!

Spending time with the ones who are dear to
you is like being in a dream, is it not?
~Sakura Tsukuba~

I feel this way sometimes.  The time for gathering
comes and then 'poof!'  It's gone.

What a beautiful noise...
~Neil Diamond~

Steve is pretending to be Rick as a little boy.
An old family joke...

More beautiful noise...

Christmas Eve was at Matt and Molly's this year.

Michelle and Scott's Nathan
Matt and Molly's Emily

Call vs. Whitney
I 'overdid' on the videos on purpose...
Sometimes when you are far away from family
it helps to hear the sounds of those
who love you most. 

Emily made each and every person a personal gift.
Her spirit this Christmas really touched me.
Until last week, I had my little gift taped to my 
bathroom mirror just to remind me of the
power of giving from the heart.

Doug plays the piano.  He is amazing.
He is practicing and participating in multiple
competitions.  Wonderful to hear him play.

Ty received "small pipes" for Christmas/Bday
this year.  This is one of his first attempts at 
playing them...with an arm still recovering
from surgery and not very much "practice
time."  He said "Don't Judge!"  
They have a beautiful tone and are 
much quieter in the house!!

Singing Away in the Manger

Scott and Michelle's Nathan "performs!"
We've all "been here" before.
What you don't hear is Scott shouting
"You should see him throw a football."

Aunt Bev shares.

My parents continue to 'gift' each and every
grandchild a present.  Pretty amazing.  
Pretty fun.

Ty and Doug exchanged High School Sweatshirts.

'The Three Musketeers' continue to exchange
'cousin gifts' even though technically, they
are "too old" for the exchange anymore.  
Pretty fun.

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and
love of kindred, and we are better throughout
the year for having, in spirit, become a
child again at Christmas time.
~Laura Ingalls Wilder~

Aunt Molly 'highlights' Ty...who will be
serving a mission next Christmas.

Grandma recalls the Christmas morning
Ty was born. 

Grandpa and girls with the glass pendants
he made for each of them.

Traditional Christmas Eve Jammies
(Sanuks for the boys this year.)

Ty is planning on going into law enforcement
someday.  Here, he receives handcuffs and
the "Chips" DVD's.

Handcuffing Call.  It's a daily routine around 
our home now.  He watches so many episodes
of "Cops" I'm thinking he'll be able
to just skip the Academy.

If you ever start feeling like you have the goofiest,
craziest, most dysfunctional family in the world,
all you have to do is go to a state fair.  Because five
minutes at the fair, you'll be going, 'you know,
we're alright.  We are dang near royalty.'
~Jeff Foxworthy~

Whitney and Call

We went on a whale watching excursion on 
January 1, 2013 to welcome in the new year.

We saw several pods of whales.

When something is missing in your life,
it usually turns out to be someone.

These two photos made me laugh.  Hard to
believe they are not blood sisters.

Before you were conceived, I wanted you.
Before you were born, I loved you.
Before you were an hour old, I would die for you.
This is the miracle of love.

No relationship is perfect, which is why
it is so important to be loving.
~Robert Brault~

Spotting the International Space Station.

All kinds of things are more enjoyable
when doing them by the sea.

Our last sunset before heading home.
For an interesting peek into
Anne Marie's work go Here.