O is for Ohio. I have an abundance of photos taken while in Amish/Mennonite country in Ohio and Indiana. The sights we saw were otherworldly and original for us. You could hear me exclaim “oh my goodness, look at that!” Also, “oh my, look at all that pie”.


Other sights that made us look more than once.


Oink, Oink!


The schoolyards so very different from our experience.


Our room was outstanding too with lots of square footage and nice outside views.


The clip clop of the horse drawn buggies was the highlight in this part of Ohio and in Indiana.

Linking up to ABC Wednesday started by Mrs. Nesbitt and administered by Roger and the great ABC team!

We’re traveling today and unable to be online to see all your October posts. I’ll be back online soon.

Oh What Fun…

On Christmas Eve day we woke up to hear that Snoqualmie Pass, the main route from Western Washington to Eastern Washington was closed due to avalanche danger and trees over the roadway. That was the route that our son Dan and daughter in law Jamie were planning to drive to get to our house for our Christmas celebrations. Soon the DOT was announcing that they did not plan to open up the pass at all this day. Yikes! Our son Josh came to the rescue and was able to book flights for Dan and Jamie to fly from Spokane to Seattle and arrive at 4:30 on Christmas Eve Day. He used miles and we were all so grateful that we would still be all together and that Dan and Jamie didn’t have to miss out on our time together.


Katie got an ugly Christmas sweater to wear to work on Christmas Eve. When she got home from work early she and I headed to the airport to pick up the precious cargo.

We had an exciting text on Christmas Eve morning letting us know that our nephew and his wife had their first little baby, a sweet little girl. My brother and sister-in-law became grandparents for the first time with her arrival.

After we had some of Dear’s famous soup for a quick meal we all headed to a 6:30 Christmas Eve service at church. It was a beautiful service with lots of carols and candlelight and a great gospel message. We came home and enjoyed each others company and then off to bed to wait for Santa to come fill our stockings.


As you can see Santa was very generous!


So much silly fun around the breakfast table and then we opened presents. We decided to take a walk so that we could make room for dinner!


We tried out Laura’s new selfie stick! Some of us wore our Christmas Cracker Crowns!


We started on Christmas dinner preparations when we got back from our walk.



Our centerpiece…O come let us adore Him!


Prime rib, Yorkshire pudding, creamed corn, and roasted vegetables.


Delicious pies made by our new daughter in law, Jamie! She even carried them through security and on the plane.


Apple pie with apples from their trees and pecan pie!

My side of the family enjoyed a Christmas Eve celebration at my sister Kathy’s house in Southern California and here are a few photos I stole to share.


My dear old Pop praying before their meal.


My sisters and one of my brothers. My brother Steve was preoccupied with his very new granddaughter across town!


My pop with two of his great grands!


Time for Vareniki!

Today is Boxing day and the girls are headed for tea at the Queen Mary Tea room for an early birthday celebration for our Katie.

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

Photobucket is holding all my photos from 2007-2015 hostage on their site. All my photos that I stored and uploaded from that site are now big ugly black and grey boxes with a message to pay big bucks to get them restored to my blog. It will take me a long time to restore thousands of posts.