Saturday, December 29, 2012

Christmas Celebrations...

It's been a busy week of family celebrations...

We spent Christmas day with Jim's family.  As usual, we ate really, really well...and had a good time together.  I didn't have my camera along, so there are no pictures...but we enjoyed our time with family!

Today was my family's celebration.  We had a mid-morning brunch here at our house, minus one cousin.  As the cousins get older...with jobs and's becoming harder to juggle the schedules to get everyone together in one place.  But we did it!  The missing cousin arrived around noon, and we had about three hours in the afternoon when all eighteen of us were together.

My parents...

the cousins...

My youngest nephew accompanied us on the piano as we sang some Christmas carols...

And much to the excitement of some, we had a few inches of wet "packy" snow today.  the young ones headed outside.

Mom (Grandma) watching the activity outside from the warm kitchen...

Putting on the finishing touches...

And then the guys headed out to play in the snow with the big toy.  My oldest nephew bought this four wheeler recently, and they had fun with it in the snow.  He has a Go-pro camera attached to his helmet...

Eric took a turn...

Late afternoon called for a round of Dutch Blitz...

We have one more extended family gathering tomorrow, and then our family celebrations are over for this year.  It's been a busy, but fun week of spending time with family!  It may get a little hectic, but we wouldn't want to miss out on any of it!


  1. Oh Alica I love the photos I especially love the one of your Mom watching the outdoor fun. It looks like everyone had fun and I am sure so did you.
    I have heard of this game from my MIL but had never seen the cards looks like fun.
    Happy New Year Alica, enjoy the rest of the festivities. B

  2. how fun! you should post some of the helmet photos... i want to put one on our pups. merry christmas and happy new year!

  3. It truly looks like a wonderful time! I love the shot of the kids on the steps.

  4. It looks like so much fun, and what our Christmases were like at my grandma's farm when I was a little!

  5. Hi Alica, I enjoyed seeing your family playing in the snow making a snowman. I'm glad that you had a wonderful time during the Holidays. Family visitors are always so much fun and especially at this time of year. My family is all scattered and I do enjoy when they come for a visit.

    Wishing you all the best of everything in the new year.

  6. It looks like everyone had a great time! I would have been with your mom in the kitchen instead of outside! :)

  7. What fun! Our extended family is too extended for such get togethers, but it sure looks like fun! Happy New Year!

  8. I think we were living pretty close to you when we were in Ronks but last week we moved to Leola. Doesn't matter, all of Lancaster is very dear to me since we came home from Texas...absence makes the heart grow...boy does that ring a bell now. We are soooo glad to be home! I'm enjoying your blog & family life.

  9. Looks like a wonderful time had by all. Happy New Year to all of you.
    I'm thinking of staying in my PJ's all day....


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