Thursday, December 29, 2016

Christmas 2016


Okay, let me share my Christmas with the family at the wee haven here. It was a cold, overcast day. We had a lovely afternoon eating, opening gifts, sledding, playing games, eating ... There was way too much eating going on.
 

I have picture stories.




Somehow Jakob was talked into being the Christmas elf again passing out all the gifts. He did an exceptional job! Sometimes he got the "moms" confused, but that was easily sorted.




Here's our resigned family member Sam who had faced disappointment a number of times already that day. It seemed that no one appreciated the fact that his iPod was on its last legs and that he is very attached to said device and that he would miss it terribly.





Suddenly, things were looking up...





What joy in the camp...loved my daughter-in-law's expression, too. Only wish that I had also been able to turn the camera on my daughter who was a generous auntie giving Sam his second iPod. She had given him the first some years ago when he broke his leg that awful year. She had made sure that Jakob had one as well then. You can see that Jakob is just catching on that he has a new one, too.







*~Auntie Laurel and Sam relaxing~*


One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don't clean it up too quickly.

~Andy Rooney




It looks skimpy, but there was a lot more on the buffet behind the sofa, which reminds me not to do that again. The snapping of the crockpot just behind those seated at the sofa was unnerving for them. 😏




Another thing to learn...just because I like a thing...the punch...olives...spiral ham...does not mean that everyone anyone else does. I can let a few of these things go another year. It sure was pretty, though. Thank you, Cheryl.




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~home from the hill video~


Almost forgot to show the sledding. The Christmas gloves came in handy when the first pair got wet. The red flannel plaid jammies came in handy when the boys came in wet and cold from the luge. Some grandmothers are notorious for gifting red flannel plaid pajamas. 


Jakob and I have a sleepover date in January. I mentioned that Jake could sleep in my bed and I'd sleep on the sofa. He corrected me saying, "Ahhh, Nonni, I know that you sleep there, but it'll always be John's bed to me." Sweetness. God is good all the time.


Doubtful that I'll be back before the New Year so will wish you all a wonderful 2017 and say thank you for all your wonderful visits and comments in 2016.



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55 comments:

  1. {{{Big Smiles}}} now look, don't hit me, but I don't think you and us will escape the latest storm...snowing here in western NY and expecting 12-18 inches, you guys over there in lovely Maine, will get much more, I'm afraid.

    ....thank you for sharing your Christmas photos and for the lovely thought of Jakob about John. smiles

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    1. Now what kind of talk is that, Linda?! 😳

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  2. A wonderful post Vee! Life is good - new iPods! I love the quote by Andy Rooney - such truth. Hugs to you and much happiness in 2017.

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  3. It sounds like a wonderful day Vee. Wishing you all the best in 2017.

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  4. Looks like Christmas was filled with good things. I've learned about what I made way too much of that I don't have to repeat next year. That Jakob is a sensitive soul, so sweet. Your punch looked just like Cheryl's, very pretty. You probably needed a room full of Mennonites to put a good dent in it!

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  5. Awe, loved the pictures Vee. Wow...now that's some good looking punch! What sweet words from your precious Jakob. Just about made me cry! Dang...the older I get the more I want to cry about everything! And YES, I am on hormones. LOL! Happy New Year Sweet Vee. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  6. What a beautiful family and celebration! That punch was gorgeous. But the priceless smiles of surprise on the faces of those you love are the true treasures of Christmas... long after the iPods are gone. ;) Much love and happy new year!

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  7. Hi Vee~

    What sweet, Christmas memories! Your grands are growing up to be very handsome young men. And, I love that you give them jammies for Christmas, it's such a wonderful tradition.

    Your home looks so festive...I love the skates on the back of the door...oh my! Your punch bowl looks just delightful, full of yumminess!

    Out of the mouths of babes...they just have such a gentle way of making things right, don't they?

    Loved this post!

    Hugs,
    Barb

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  8. Thank you for sharing with us. I love the photos and the video; oh, to hear your voice with NO Southern accent is wonderful! We had an unusually warm Christmas day this year. Sending love and prayers to you in the new year.

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  9. It all looks so sweet. I can't wait to have grnadkids some day... :) Happy New Year Vee!

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  10. Glad you had a great time!! A wise lesson about letting things go, I need to learn that one too!

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  11. The punch is beautiful! I pinned the recipe to my "Christmas Hospitality" board so I can remember to make it some Christmas when we have company. I doubt that our little family group would put a dent in it ... my grandkids probably wouldn't even try it. But it's so gorgeously festive!

    Loved all the photos ... the relaxing ... the drama of and reaction to the gift of the iPod ... the sledding and video ... the skates hanging on the peg next to the aprons. Oh Vee, you have such a gift for decorating as well as writing and photography. I so enjoy my visits to your haven!

    And Jakob's wonderful, comforting comment. What a blessing!

    Wishing you a blessed 2017! Snowing hard here ...

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  12. What a lovely Christmas in the Haven, Vee. Lot's of love and family. Looks perfect to me! I like the Andy Rooney quote. And the ice skates on the door. Your grands are so sweet and they do have a wonderful place to enjoy your snow. It's snowing where my daughter lives in NH. They arrived home on the train just in time for the blizzard.
    Happy New Year! ♥

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  13. Ah...such sweetness! Those boys and their electronics! I love the quote by Andy...it's oh so true! Have fun at your sleep-over...that sounds like so much fun. Has he put in his order for what he wants for breakfast yet?? :) Happy New Year, Vee!

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  14. Oh what a special Christmas. I love all the expressions. We did something so absolutely different this year. Had Christmas at our son's home, and it was a Family buffet potluck....A potato bar, with huge baked potatoes, corn chowder, chili, mac and cheese, tamales, ham, salad, Hawaiian rolls...Oh dear, Apple pie, Oreo cake...English toffee, and cookies everywhere.
    My scales slapped me this morning...Ugggg.

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  15. Hi, Vee. I've never stopped following you, even in my blogging respite. What a sweet post. The ending so touched my heart. Thanks for blogging and for being you. (Prev blogged at Our Sears Kit Home) Currently blogging at covenantfarmblog.wordpress.com but can't figure out how to comment from there?!

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    1. Hi Carol! I have found you from time to time...will try again!

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  16. I had a lot to say but now all I can think of is that I wish they had red flannel plaid pjs in MY size! I've been on the lookout for some! And how nice to get new IPODs for all the great music out there! Lots of hugs, Diane

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    1. I'd be surprised if the Vermont Country Store didn't have red flannel plaid PJs in women's sizes.

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    2. She found some! She will sleep on it. πŸ’€

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  17. What a wonderful auntie! Do the boys know that most of us never had an aunt that organized wonderful games and gave such special gifts? It looks as though you had a wonderful Christmas. It's so sweet that Jakob made the comment about John's bed. I know he was missed that day and every day. Still, Vee, you took the time to make it a wonderful Christmas for all. You are a brave and tough lady.

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  18. It sounds like you had a good Christmas Vee. I know John was greatly missed and there was no doubt a huge empty spot among you all.....not just that day but every day. I wish you a year of good things and many blessings Vee. xoxo

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  19. What a wonderful and blessed Christmas you all had together. So much love in your family, Vee! And lots of truth in that Andy Rooney quote...May you all be blessed in the coming year!

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  20. Wonderful photos of a great time had by all...I absolutely LOVE Andy Rooney quote...I had forgotten it until now.
    xoxo

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  21. So nice to see all the beautiful and happy pictures from your Christmas. John must have been smiling down on you all. God Bless you and your family.
    Grands sure are getting big!

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  22. Awwww...thanks for sharing your picture stories and your sweet Christmas moments! New iPods and new red flannel pajamas...both saved the day, it seems!

    Your punch does look lovely, even if it wasn't a hit. We have lots of punch-sippers here, so the odds are that some will think it is yummy! (Plus, we have several dainty girls who love it because it is pretty. And because they can drink out of a pretty little cup. ~smile~)

    I am sure that John's loss was keenly felt on such a day, but I am happy that you were able to rejoice in Jesus' coming, surrounded there by your dear ones!

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  23. Picture stories are nice to see and there's always lots more that might not even be part of the story. Point in mind is me looking at your Lang calendar holder - after buying calendars for mine for 25+ years, I've decided I'm not going to any more and for next year will just keep calendar photos I've (ripped off ) saved over the years to display.
    It was a year of gadgets for our grands too and they certainly know how to use everything!
    Your grandsons continue to amaze me with their conscious effort to be mindful of your feelings about John.
    Best wishes for 2017 Vee.

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  24. Lovely to share your Christmas Vee and to see how much the Grands are growing up. Snow too!

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  25. I also meant to say that I hope that you have a Very Happy and blessed year to come.

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  26. Also nearly forgot, thank you so much for your Christmas card and for thinking of me. It was a lovely surprise in the post.

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  27. Looks like everyone had a great Christmas, Vee! Love the before and after ipod photos ;) Wishing you all the best in the New Year, Vee!

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  28. Looks like a perfect day and I love the Andy Rooney quote.
    Happy New Year!

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  29. What did we ever do before iPods? We love them here!

    You had a lovely Christmas, inspite of those not loving the pretty punch or ham etc...Those boys are growing up! Wow! sniff sniff.

    I loved hearing your voice, and was that your daughter or DIL?

    I also love that the boys so dearly loved John, too.

    Happy New Year!

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    1. That was Laurel. Michelle had zipped home to feed the dogs.

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  30. Vee, It looks like you and your family had a lovely Christmas. I was thinking about you during this season and offering a wee prayer for grace and sweet remembering.

    Wishing you a new year that holds many blessings for you and all your loved ones.

    Brenda
    xox

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  31. Looks like there was fun had by all!😊
    What a perfect thing Andy Rooney said about cleaning up the Christmas mess,I totally agree. After all the gifts were opened on Christmas day we liked to place the gifts back under the tree and enjoy their beauty a bit longer when I was a child.
    Your home looks warm and inviting.

    Blessings for the New Year ~

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  32. Sweet, sweet kiddos- I am so glad you had a good Christmas. And I hope that 2017 is kind to you and yours. Blessings!

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  33. It looks like a wonderful Christmas was had by all over there in your haven! I'm sure it felt a little empty there this year without John...you were thought of and prayed for this Christmas season. I quite like that Andy Rooney quote! Happy New Year, Vee!

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  34. Sweet family Christmas photos! I love the blue light out the window in the Christmas buffet photo. Happy New Year to you!

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  35. Beautiful! Loved how you shared your day.
    Praying that 2017 is very kind to you.

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  36. What a great little video! "It's cold out there!" I loved the whole post, and saved the quote from Rooney, so true!

    Happy New Year, Vee! God's blessings in 2017!

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  37. What a nice Christmas you had, Vee, and so glad the boys were made happy by their Auntie. Your sweet grandsons say the dearest things about John, don't they? Happy New Year blessings to you.
    P. S. I love your header! That's one of my favorite teacups and I'm sharing it tomorrow. It reminds me of where you live.

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  38. A lovely post. Glad you had a good Christmas. May you receive many blessings from the Lord in 2017.

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  39. Beautiful post! That one picture where you spotlighted your grandson is really neat!

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  40. Ah, dearest Vee- you have such a glorious way with words. God has given you such a delightful talent. I LOVE this post. I have tears in my eyes re-reading it. What a special post, seriously - I feel as though I were there celebrating with you.

    God bless you and your entire family in this new year. I hope you have lots of joy!

    Hugs and prayers. ♥

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  41. Happy New Year Sweet Vee. I know it hasn't been the easiest year for you but it looks like you had a great holiday with your family. Hugs and may this year be even better.

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  42. Such a great post! And I absolutely love your header! I do love Twinings tea, but I have to admit that I have not tried the flavour featured in your header image! I also love the teacup and saucer, too. Happy New Year to you and warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. :)

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  43. Aww Vee, I loved seeing how your family celebrated Christmas. I could just imagine the anticipation of those of you knowing the ipod would be opened. Are kids not the best? Such a sweet boy who remembers where John slept! Thank you for allowing us to look in the window. =)

    Praying that God will bless you and all those you love in 2017.

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  44. Late visiting but it looks like a wonderful warm family Christmas with good food. I think I heard you had quite a storm too. Wishing you a good 2017. The years just fly by don't they.

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  45. Great post, Vee! I love to see your house filled with family and Christmas lights. The punch looks very pretty! How very sweet of your daughter to give her nephews new iPods; she sounds like a wonderful auntie. :)

    No snow here for Christmas, but they are calling for some this Saturday. That's always quite iffy around here, but we shall see. Wishing you a belated New Year, my sweet friend.

    Love and hugs xx,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  46. It looked like a wonderful Christmas at your house, Vee!

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