It’s Not Over Yet…

…we’re still in the midst of celebrating here. Monday is our daughter Katie’s 25th birthday. Really? How can it be that she is 25?

To celebrate we are going out for Italian and then headed for some fun at the bowling alley. I’ll be sitting and watching and taking photos since my tennis elbow which seems to be a shooting elbow is keeping me sidelined. In the meantime here are photos from our glorious Christmas day.


Santa was very generous with all of us. We start our Christmas morning with opening the gifts in our stockings. Then we head to the breakfast table. This year we went around the table reading the Christmas story from the Bible in Luke chapter 2. Next Dear cooked up his famous Swedish pancakes that are a Christmas morning tradition we will not give up! Dear is half Swedish from his mother’s side. It’s fun to know that Dear’s only brother is also busy cooking up Swedish pancakes at his home in Southern California for his family.


Now we head to the tree to open all the bounty. We all said we were cutting down this year but when you have 7 adults exchanging gifts cutting down is still a lot! Everyone was grateful, surprised, and overwhelmed with the love shared.


While Dear and I prepared for our meal together, the kids had a few rounds of their new game, Blokus.


The kids played with their new toys and Dear and I prepared our main meal of the day.Β  The red goblets were a gift from our son and daughter in love. I put them to immediate use. Dinner was all very tasty. Dear smoked our prime rib in his new smoker. We had potatoes, creamed corn, salad and Yorkshire Pudding to top it off.


Katie, the birthday girl, and her fiance Andrew. Andrew is a Marine and took leave to come to our house for Christmas from North Carolina. Katie is so pleased that she can have him here for Christmas, her birthday, and for New Years!


Our son Josh and our DIL Laura.


Our son Dan who was able to travel from Eastern Washington for our time together. He had to leave early on Sunday morning to make it back for his work shift that started at 8:00 P.M. on Sunday.


Dear and me enjoying the wonder of it all.


More sweets then have seen the inside of my house for the whole year all together in this place.

Photobucket replaced all my photos with ugly black and grey boxes and they are holding my photos hostage until I pay them lots of money. I’m slowly going through all my posts and trying to clean them up and replacing some photos. Such a bother.

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

16 thoughts on “It’s Not Over Yet…

  1. Those smiling faces are best kinds of sweets any time. I am so happy Kate is having her guy home for the holidays. What a fun time for a birthday, although I’ll bet your “great with child” Christmas 25 years ago was a bit challenging. Wish you had posted a pregnant at Christmas photo of yourself.

  2. Ellen was lovely to see your family pictures. Such a treasure to have them all together for this Christmas before the wedding.
    Happy Birthday to Katie.

  3. It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas Ellen! Your family is growing and that’s exciting! Happy Birthday to Katie today!

  4. Your Christmas looks lovely and fun! How nice that your girl gets such a timely visit from her Marine, too. We had a very quiet holiday here, but did get a nice (quick) visit from our young Marine friend who had only a few days home. Waiting impatiently for Jan. to go to our Airman’s grad in TX.

  5. Oh, what days! We’re just emerging from some festivity too. Later in the week is my birthday, then we ring in New Year–it’s a great time just now! Happy Days, my friend ((HUGS))

  6. I loved seeing all those photos of your family…Enjoy this time with those adult children. I really love having just the adults at our house, we can accomplish and play more games etc…rather than rescuing kids from the toilet bowl.
    Hmmm…I think someone needs to meet Dan…similiar interests….

  7. Oh this looks like such a wonderful family celebration! Your sons and daughter are so good looking (you and hubby aren’t bad either!). Your table looks so festive, and what a mountain of gifts under your beautiful tree. (love that rug). laurie

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