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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Enjoying family...

I've been in a bit of a "bloggers" fog over the last few weeks, 
life seems busy, 
holiday happenings have begun, 
there seems to be less time in the day...
does anyone else feel that way?

The best part is that we have been spending lots of time 
with the people we love. 
The week before Thanksgiving Rick got busy with some 
sprucing-up of the downstairs bedroom. 
Audrey was helping us pick a paint color, she seems to be favoring "minty green"
She did not win...
We went with "big fish" green
Rick covered the bottom half to the wall with pine boards, 
he even trimmed out the window in pine, we love this look.
We can check this project off our list of things-to-do!

It was my year to host Rick's family for Thanksgiving, 
21 people for a sit-down meal, 
we made it work, also had a table of 8 in the kitchen.

My favorite turkey carver

Our oldest son helping (he's so much like his dad)
My niece Jill's husband Travis, with his plate full of food
Mostly the kids table, all cousins and their spouse,
 with little Audrey on the end.
There's always football watching

We were blessed to have our oldest son Brice, his wife Jennifer and
 granddaughter Scarlett stay with us for 3 nights
Lots of much needed bonding with the littlest.
Girl cousins bonding....the fun has only just begun.
Daughter Brianna playing with her sweet niece.

Our three, I love it when they are here together. 
Just a few short years ago they were all living here with us in this house
I miss that.... just a mama thing!  
I really am proud of who they have become, such amazing young adults :)

Sunday we spent the day with Audrey & Carson. 
Now that Audrey is in school we don't get to see them nearly enough, 
Ice cream after lunch

Carson was happy to take a nap in the "Big Boy" bed, 
surrounded by stuffed animals and cozy blankets.

My heart is full, such a wonderful long holiday weekend, 
A great time spent with those who are near and dear to us.


  1. *sigh* pure contentment

    1. Been thinking about you a lot lately LIz, I'm sure your heart aches as you are missing your Eddie. Praying for peace and hoping you are blessed with sweet memories of your beloved husband.

  2. Sounds like a great weekend:)

    1. It was great, love being with family!

  3. These photos just make me so happy, to see you surrounded by those most dear to you. I am beyond glad, my friend, that you had this fabulous Thanksgiving.

    Rick's basement project looks great. Ours is still mostly in the "gutted" stage.

    1. Thanks Audrey, it was a great time indeed. We are quite happy with the finished product in the downstairs bedroom :)

  4. Anonymous8:55 AM

    Your family Thanksgiving gathering is precisely what grand memories are made of! Sweetness personified! LOVE your lower level re-do (my color and wood exactly!!!). And I echo your "daze" thoughts. The days are passing and I feel like my feet are caught in mud/going nowhere. Off to the sewing studio to finish a client's quilt (one of the reasons I feel 'behind'!).

    1. Do you get extra busy with quilting orders this time of the year, such hustle and bustle, trying to keep it simple here blessings.... Jackie

  5. Love the post, because I love those people! It was an extra fun holiday being that I didn't have to go to work and got to see extra of Brice, Jen, and Scarlett. I also love when my brothers and I are all at home at the same time :) Love you! And I get super excited when you update your blog, but no pressure, heehee.

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  7. Wow, 21 people Jackie!! It sounds like you had a lovely Thanksgiving. What a blessing that all of your children could be with you to celebrate. Thanks so much for sharing this special day with us.

  8. Yes, it's quite a tribe when everyone shows up, the more the merrier :)