Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A Day Filled with Merriment

I know, I know this is the beginning of a brand new year....Christmas is a faint memory to some, but since our Christmas celebration was postponed this year to this past Sunday, instead of ringing in the New Year today, I am still basking in the glow of our merriment.

The festivities began about 8:00 AM with many of us driving from at least an hour or two away. Too bad we couldn't hitch a ride on Santa's sleigh but he was long gone by the time we gathered.

Coffee...definitely coffee began the day of giving, and eating....yes, there was a lot of eating.  My daughter is an excellent cook and it is always a belly pleasing day when she and her husband prepare the meals (notice there was an s on the word meal)...

I wrapped presents until I ran out of tape...but some were rather large so Santa (aka me) just brought them in their packing boxes...heh, when I was a little girl, Santa never wrapped anything. The unwrapped presents were neatly displayed under the tree when we awoke (always, always extra early) on Christmas morn.  So some were wrapped, others not.

And then the frenzy of unwrapping began....

Sam wears his gift wrapping well....

Charlie kept waiting for his....

Mac was getting bored....

Sunny was just content sitting in Brie's lap....

If you are looking for Toby & Cinder...they stayed home.  Between 3 cats and 2 dogs already, I figured adding 2 more dogs to the mix would be just a tad chaotic.  Especially since my little Cinder is not fond of the size of Mac...

There were sweet gifts....

And funny gifts....(these are old fashioned phones that actually plug into the I-phones)  The kids had a good time with these.  Brie is planning on walking thru campus talking on hers and wait for the stares....

I did manage to get a couple of posed and all the girls PS it looks like my face & my daughter's faces were smeared...oh well, it erased all of the wrinkles.

My grands....

Bailey and her main squeeze....

Hilary & Brandon....definitely Christmas Card material.

Besides the phones, all the kids had little interesting books in their stockings....Brie and Hilary are engrossed in theirs...ever once in awhile one would say..."did you know that...."

And I did mention the eating didn't I....from breakfast to snacks to dinner, a sublime spread, a taste fiesta.  

By the end of the day everyone was tired....even the toys.

And since this is New Year's Day, I want to share a lovely sentiment with you on this day of new beginnings....

May Light always surround you;
Hope kindle and rebound you.
May your Hurts turn to Healing;
Your Heart embrace Feeling.
May Wounds become Wisdom;
Every Kindness a Prism.
May Laughter infect you;
Your Passion resurrect you.
May Goodness inspire 
your Deepest Desires.
Through all that you Reach For, 
May your arms Never Tire.     ~D.Simone

Happy New Year everyone!!

Until next time.....


  1. Lovely photos and looks as if you had such a fun time. My friend gave me a cup that is just the same as in your first photo for Christmas. So cute. Happy New Year to you

  2. very, very cute. i like that old-fashioned phone. :)

  3. Beautiful photos of your celebration. Happy New Year!!

  4. Happy New Year, Deanna! I enjoyed your family photos, especially the funny faces of Hilary and Brandon. I do hope you have a wonderful year ahead!

  5. What a lovely holiday you had! Love the camera lens mug!

  6. Such a beautiful family.

    Happy New Year!!

  7. Happy New Year!! i love the views. too cute! you enjoy those grand - kids ... i will make a new term - grand - adults ... they are growing up so fast. happy times. ( :

  8. Deanna - SO - that's your trick for no wrinkles. I'm going to need to talk to you privately (mine are OUTstanding). Love all these photos of your family celebration. I was happy to see all the younguns have black glass frames. I recently got new black ones, and now I know I'm in style!

  9. I love that even the toys got tired!! Who knew?
    Beautiful images of a lovely day spent with your family....

  10. what a wonderful day together and such great photos. Love that camera lens mug!

  11. You take such great photos. Have a wonderful New Year.

  12. I love seeing all the lovely faces of your family! Great photos. And I want one of those phones!

    Happy New Year! May 2014 hold peace and joy for you!

  13. My goodness, what a wonderful day you had, Deanna!
    I got one of those lens mugs from my son, and I love it!!,
    I wish you only the most wonderful things in the New Year. xo.

  14. Love all those beautiful smiles, Deanna! Sounds like you had a lot of good food and a lot of fun.
    Have a wonderful new year.

  15. This looks like a wonderful celebration - I love all those smiles!

  16. Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas. So many wonderful shots my friend.


  17. What a delightful day you had with your family. ♥ the image of the grandkids going down the cute!! happy 2014!

  18. So glad you had a wonderful belated Christmas, you made me smile with your last comment....even the toys were tired! lol

  19. Happy New Year my friend. We MUST make a point of meeting this year, maybe a long walk along the shoreline of our beautiful Lake Michigan somewhere between you & me. I wish you much love, happiness, health and send you many, many hugs!

  20. Thank you for sharing your day Deanna, what a beautiful and happy family you have looks like the pets enjoyed it as well...

  21. Happy New Year Deanna, to you and your family.


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