Three Full Days…

Before we are swept into 2015 I’ll share our full three days of celebrating…

We had a very quiet Christmas Eve. Early in the morning we braved the parking lots at Costco and Safeway and bought the last minute items we needed for Christmas day. We bought a Costco rotisserie chicken and macaroni & cheese for any hunger pangs we might have as we got ready for Christmas day.

Our Christmas Eve service followed the theme of peace in the midst of pain and chaos. We enjoyed singing traditional Christmas carols with a few modern twists and we even had snow fall during the service inside church! After work on Christmas Eve Andrew and Katie arrived for the night enjoying our treats from Costco and after Dear and I went to sleep I heard Josh and Laura arrive for the night after they celebrated with Laura’s family.

Early on Christmas morning Dear and I heard some ducks quacking and it took us a while to spot them on the neighbor’s roof. A quacky good morning made us smile.

More presents were added next to the tree as Dear and I slept.

We woke the kids up to a favorite Christmas CD by Twila Paris to see what gifts Santa delivered to our stockings.

Our breakfast table was all ready to go for our traditional Christmas morning breakfast of Swedish Pancakes that Dear makes for us.

After breakfast I changed out the table for our Christmas Dinner with two places added for Dan and his fiance Jamie who were on the road from Eastern Washington to join us for dinner and the rest of the weekend.

Christmas Day 008Our meal on Christmas day was our traditional Prime Rib Roast and Yorkshire pudding with roasted root vegetables and creamed corn.

Our kids with their loves!

The original family with our three children.

Our oldest, Josh, married Laura in 2001.

Our youngest, Katie, married Andrew in 2011.

Our middle son Dan who will be married to Jamie in 2015.

All of us together.

The day after Christmas we had another fun evening celebrating Dan and Jamie’s engagement and Katie’s birthday with family and friends. We had appetizers and Dear’s Tomato Rice Soup for our gathering.

Katie, Andrew, Steve (BIL), Lana (My sister), Beth (mother of Dan’s best friend growing up), Dan, Jamie

Laura, Dave (Father of Dan’s best friend growing up), Dear, Ellen b., Josh and Katie. Unfortunately Dan’s best friend growing up was home sick along with his little daughter so his family wasn’t able to join us.

We toasted Dan and Jamie and then we sang to Katie before she blew out the candles on her Applesauce Spice Birthday Cake.

Our hearts are full and flowing over.

Dan and Jamie left our home on Sunday morning headed across the mountains again to Eastern Washington. We got the text that they arrived safely and that is always a good text to receive.

How are things at your place?

15 thoughts on “Three Full Days…

  1. Your Christmas was so very full of fun and family! Our Christmas was quiet with only Son #2 home. We served traditional Indonesian food to ourselves.
    I love those red goblets…

  2. “Up on the house top the rein duck quack…come on Santa, bring that sack!”

    Picture perfect Christmas up at your place I think. The sapphire engagement ring looks pretty!

    We had a great Christmas…all of December has been super!

  3. Everything looked wonderful Ellen! You took some great pictures of your family, the tree, and your beautiful table scapes. We were so thankful to have our daughter and her love “home” from Alberta for Christmas Day and Boxing Day and a few pop-ins here and there between in-laws and so many of their friends! My family is painfully camera shy however, so I’m not sure I can pull together much of a Christmas post – lol! Happy New Year to you and Dear…

  4. How great! You guys are cutie pies! I love your airy looking tree. Did you say it was dry as a bone? It doesn’t look like it!
    Aw, an engagement! Praise God!
    I like your table/tables. You like what I like!

  5. Hi Ellen, this is such a wonderful look into your Christmas. I loved all those happy, smiling faces and your beautiful decorations and table settings. I also had to smile at your meal. We had Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding with all the fixings also. It’s been a tradition in our family to have that meal for many years now and this year I passed on my recipe for Yorkshire Pudding to my daughter-in-law.

  6. What a beautiful Christmas you enjoyed all together! Your home looks so beautiful, the tree so fine…oh and all the beautifully wrapped gifts…even my eyes grew wide and I wasn’t there!

  7. What marvelous Christmas pictures, Ellen! I love these so much! It looks like you all had a great time together, and I adore your tree.

    Your kissing Santas remind me of the ones my grandmother used to have on her table. I always loved them so… the Santas and my grandparents! 🙂

    xo

    Sheila

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