Christmas Past…

I’ve decided to share some snap shots of Christmas past and join in with Vee’s December Notecard Party

Christmas dessert from 2009

December night in Seattle with the Space Needle through the boat masts at Elliott Bay Marina 2009. We were celebrating Katie’s completion of her degree along with her birthday.

This year Katie is turning 27 on the 27th of December. I guess we’ll have to do something special to celebrate this magic birthday!

Every day Christmas table from several years back. Things have changed in this room.

Thanks Vee, for letting me join in late. Today I’m trying to talk myself into wrapping some gifts. I’m also thinking I should choose some cookie recipes to bake. It’s raining steadily here in the Seattle area. How are things in your part of the world?

Tablescape Thursday ~ Memorial Day

It’s time again to set the table! Please visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch to join in the fun. My tables lately have been “real”. What I mean by that is that there was an actual meal and people sitting down at them. I haven’t had time to play with tables much but I’ve had a few good occasions to enjoy having family over for a meal. We had a gathering for Memorial Day and this is what I came up with.



I used 3 different patterns of blue and white dishes with red chargers and napkins and star napkin holders.


It’s hard to tell but the lemon pound cake was made in a star shaped bundt pan, too. Stars were the major theme.




George and Martha adorned our table even though Memorial Day came about long after their time.

My basket is a star shaped one, too.

Besides praying for all those who are alive and serving our country in the military before our meal this day we chose to memorialize Dear’s father Rex who served in World War II in New Guinea.


My dear husband even made red and blue drinks to go with the theme.

Some of my decorations will stay around for June and all the way to July 4th since we have Flag Day and then our Independence Day celebrations! Blessings…

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Laurie’s Valentine Party & Tablescape Thursday!

On Friday besides visiting Laurie’s Party head over to the Mennonite Girls Can Cook blog where I’ve posted the recipe for this dessert that would be great for Valentine’s Day! Remember the recipe won’t be posted till Friday!

Now for some possibilities for a Valentine Day scape!




This was last years bar scape that Dear and I had our Valentine’s Day dinner at…






Another possibility without red…




Here are the two cutest Valentine’s in love that I know!! My parents who have been married for 66 years!


Hoping you have a Valentine’s Weekend filled with lots of love for all the people in your life.

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Looking Back at 2009…

Ellen b.’s highlights for the year 2009! It’s all about Family, Friends, Food, and Walking! God has blessed us richly!

This will be my First Fave Five post for 2010. I apologize up front for the way over 5 photo overload!! Please visit Susanne at Living to Tell the Story to join in with Friday’s Fave Five…


Weekend getaway to the Central Coast in California over Martin Luther King weekend.


Walking throughout the year is always a highlight! Early Saturday morning walks with Dear at Emma Wood. Walks in Willow’s neighborhood or an occasional beach walk or a walk at the Blueberry Farm with Joy always provides good fellowship and encouragement. Walks in the Seattle area on the Burke Gilman trail with my Saturday morning walking buddies Jan and Jody (we have been doing this for 10 years now). An occasional walk on the Burke Gilman during the week with my friend Beth. I love to walk with people not alone…and if there’s a donut shop at the end of the walk that’s icing on the cake! :0)


My birthday celebration in March at the Tam O’ Shanter.


The tragic tea in April where my mother fell and had to spend her tea time at the hospital.


Easter is my favorite holiday of the year because of what Christ accomplished for us. This was the first year we made Kulich (Russian Easter Bread) on our own, too!


In May my brother’s family arrived just in time for Mother’s Day, a couple birthday parties and then we had a family outing at Disneyland!


Memorial Weekend in Seattle.


June ~ The Sounders were in L.A. and we had a quick visit with Josh…


End of June my cousin’s son got married and we stopped in for the fabulous event on our roadtrip to Seattle.


Fourth of July in Seattle…


Later in July my niece visited and we did some fun touristy things including a Mariner’s game.


August we made a quick ferry trip to Vancouver Island to see Butchart Gardens and Victoria!



Later in August brought another visit from Brother and his family to Southern California. We again enjoyed meals, a baby shower, and Disneyland!



September we celebrated Dear’s birthday at Five Crowns in Corona Del Mar.


On Labor Day our son headed out for his new vocation and Dear and I made another trip to the Central Coast.


September 29th Katie and I made a day trip to Vancouver, B.C. and visited Stanley Park and the Aquarium.


In October we re-did the tragic tea but this time there were no tragedies. The newest member of the family was in attendance.


November was filled with great family events. New Mexico to attend Daniel’s graduation.


Our Annual Black Friday Tea after shopping at Goodwill.


Fun times with our Thanksgiving Company.


Thanksgiving Day…


December brought a fun celebration of Katie’s completion of her degree.


Christmas 2009!


Our last big celebration of the year is Katie’s birthday which falls on December 27th!

If you managed to make it through all of this, congratulations! Hoping for a year of acknowledging daily God’s blessings in our lives…

Photobucket is holding all my photos that I stored on their site from 2007-2015 hostage replacing them with ugly grey and black boxes and asking for a large ransom to retrieve them. It is a slow process to go through all my posts deleting the ugly boxes.