Saturday, January 4, 2014

Last Day w/the Kids

Today's the last day we have kiddos visiting home.  In fact, it won't even be a whole day (boo, big thumbs down).  The last one heads to the airport today.  My oldest and his family left yesterday afternoon. The visit was longer than usual, but never long enough.  I do love my babies home and together (and in saying babies, I mean all of our kids, even the grown ones who are certainly not babies).

My daughter-in-law & daughter
My second oldest and youngest going downhill on a saucer.

A couple of days ago we went to town to sled down the big hill.  It took about 20 minutes to get everyone dressed, and about one minute for the baby to decide she wasn't going sledding. We all laughed, but awwww to the little one who was not down with the cold weather, not even bundled up like an eskimo.  :) Good thing for the older kids that we went that day, it was ELEVEN DEGREES BELOW ZERO the next day!!

My 2nd oldest pre-paid for a portrait pkg. as our Christmas Gift

Little girlie was all smiles for every picture. :)
With her Daddy :)

My kids know me pretty well.  My oldest and his wife had a big wall calendar made for us with a family picture of them, and several pictures of our granddaughter on it, which I love!!! And my second oldest pre-purchased a family portrait package at the local photography studio for us to get our pictures taken.  This was the grandbaby's first set of professional pics., though her daddy is dynamite on his big ol' camera.  And hubby got me a new camera. All photo related gifts, and all gifts that I love, love, love. :)

His oldest brother and wife put window markers in his Christmas stocking.

We spent a lot of time just hanging out, talking, eating, checking out the youngest two's new Christmas presents (including the window markers above), & playing games.  Nothing big or out of the ordinary, but all very, very nice.  And now for us, the holiday is officially over.  It was a really great one, and though I love that my grown children are responsible and have healthy, happy lives of their own, I hate, Hate, HATE to see them go.

Back to the grindstone on Monday (school, work, etc.). :)  Wishing everyone a very happy weekend.

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  1. Very nice family pictures. I call all mine babies, too. My oldest is 22.

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    1. Always our babies. Even when they have their own babies. :)

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  2. Awww lovely photos! What a nice family you have, sounds like a loving one! That little baby, oh my precious! Just adorable.

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    1. She's such a sweet, good baby. They are so lucky, she's just a big sweetheart. :)

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  3. Love all the pictures Rosey! You have a beautiful and loving family! Happy new year my friend! I know I haven't been a very good one lately and I can't apologize enough for that! My end of 2013 couldn't have been more dramatic, felt like an episode of Days of Our Lives-Mystery Diagnosis and Untold Stories of the ER all in one!!!! LOL...the guys did a lot of Dinners Drive In and Dives and I was really getting ready to Snapped!!!!LOL I hope this year is better. Big Hug, Congrats on your new Camera!!!! that is awesome, I'm expecting to see YOU in one of those family portraits.

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    1. Oh no, Lizy, I'm sorry to hear your year ended on not so good notes!! It doesn't sound fun at all!!! 2014 is going to bring good change!!

      As for the family pics, I was in the last two years, I wanted one of just the kids. :) They all look so different to me, from even last year, except my youngest. He still looks exactly the same. :)

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  4. Looks like you had a great holiday with you family. What a lovely family too. That rocks.

    Have a fabulous weekend. ☺

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    1. Thanks, Sandee. We've got a big snow storm coming in, so they all filed out just in time, I think!! Happy weekend to you too!!

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  5. Nothing like having them all together

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  6. I know it was amazing to have them all together and I am so happy you had great time with them. I LOVE the family photos.

    Oh, and it's 9 below here today. Brrrrr.

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    1. Someone said Monday is going to be 30 below w/the chill factor here, record setting cold. I hope that's not true. Still and the same, I predict a snow day at our house on Monday. We'll see. :)

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  7. haha your windows are going to be colorful indeed. Sounds like a great time was surely had

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    1. A good number of the kids decided to try their hand w/the window markers. I just washed that window clean, it was getting a little busy. ;)

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  8. So glad you guys had such a great visit! You and your husband need to go out and see a movie to combat the "they've all gone home" blues! Happy New Year!

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  9. Such wonderful photos! =)
    Sounds like you had a great Holiday!

    Wishing you the best in 2014!

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    1. Wishing you a happy 2014 too, Melissa!

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  10. Your granddaughter is so adorable and her smile is just sweet! I bet you will miss all of your kids. The pictures were really nice that you shared! Too bad it is so cold out!!

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    1. Thank you, Karen. That baby is so so so sweet!!!

      Today is better, tolerable even for the cold. They say a really, really cold front's coming on Monday. Just in time for school. Brr

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  11. How nice for you that you got to have all the kids together. I bet you were in your glory.

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    1. Def. in my glory, Terry. And I love that my DIL feels right at home here too. It makes visiting even better. :)

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  12. That was a perfect Christmas gift. I feel your pain about children coming for a visit and then taking off. My son left last week and the middle daughter was supposed to leave on Sunday. She pushed the drive home back because of the predicted snowstorm. My baby will be around for a little while because she is studying abroad this semester and Australian schools don't start until half past February.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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    1. Can you even imagine studying in Australia??? She must be very excited!! And the house is so quiet now, Joyce. Noticeably. ;) I like the noise better. :)

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    1. lol, it was for the little guy, but the big kids liked them too ;)

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  14. glad for the time you got together...and sledding is so fun! i have about given up on getting to do it here this year....we might just freeze though...ha cool gifts about with window markers and calendars....

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    1. I've discovered that 6-yr old and 20-yr old males don't mind brutally cold temperatures, so they make a great pair on the snow hills. Girls and grown men tend to be more conservative with their 'get me to that snowhill' enthusiasm when it's freezing cold out there. At least that was sure true in my family. ;) Thanks for the visit. :)

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  15. Rosey, I am happy to hear you had such a lovely visit with your family... the pictures are so adorable :)

    I hope 2014 brings lots of great family time for you :)

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    1. Thank you, Launna. You know I wish you the same. :)

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  16. I'm glad you had a good visit. It does go too fast.

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  17. I loved seeing all your kids together here and the pictures cane out gorgeous. And your granddaughter is so beautiful, Rosey!! Wishing you a great rest of the weekend now, too! :)

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    1. Everyone is home safe and sound now. I'm glad for it because there's a blizzard heading in tonight possibly. They've declared an upcoming emergency weather status in the town and warned people off the roads, with no public street parking. Looks like a doozey of a storm's coming.

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  18. I love your blog
    followed
    http://minimaysi.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I'm headed over to visit your blog. :)

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  19. Isn't it great to have all the chicks back in the nest? It looks like you had a fabulous time, but I'm with your grandbaby... those temperatures are a little (LOT!) too cold for my blood, too. Great pics. Our oldest gave us a gorgeous family portrait of him and his wife and four kids, too. LOVE it!

    Happy New Year!

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    1. That's an awesome present you got too!! And it was nice to have the chicks back in the nest. :)

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  20. What awesome photos! I love how your granddaughter is looking right at the camera with biggest, brightest smile --so adorable!! Yeah it was about 10 below zero here two days ago. I hope this cold snap is over soon. Our chickens are really being put to the test. (So far so good.) Stay warm and Happy New Year!

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    1. She's so sweet, she just smiles for every single person that smiles at her. Just a little doll baby. :) Happy new year to you too, and good luck w/the chickens!!

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  21. Wonderful photos! My kids are still small, but I love having them home for the holidays. I'm always sad when school starts again.

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    1. I was glad they called tomorrow off for a snow day. I like the kids home too. :)

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  22. What a beautiful family you have, I love the pictures! You must have had a very full house during the holidays :) My oldest has been out of school for winter break forever it seems thanks to snow days. Not sure if he will return tomorrow or not because we are due for another storm tonight!

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    1. We did have a full house. It wasn't crowded, but there were always dishes and laundry to be done, that's for sure. ;)

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  23. What fun! It's a shame they have to leave, but you certainly gave them great memories to daydream about until next visit. :D

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    1. We did get some nice memories from the visit. I loved seeing the kids and the new grandbaby. :)

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  24. what a great gift!!!!!!
    (I am talking about all of them!)
    So glad you got family pics done too... they are great!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Noelle. I'm always in my glory when the house is full of family. :)

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  25. Very nice photos, looks fun sledding too. My son is 21, just moved back home a few months ago and it was great having him around for the holidays :)

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    1. It IS nicer when the kids are around for the holidays. I always miss my grown kids, but it's worse around Christmas and I start itching to see them. :)

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  26. Sweet. Love the pictures. You can't go wrong with pictures of any kind to grandparents! ;-) Happy New Year Rosey!

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    1. I agree, grandparents love family pictures. :) Happy New Year to you too!! And lol at the cooking story on your blog today. :) http://kenyagjohnson.com/blog/2014/1/5/matters-of-the-heart

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  27. You have such a beautiful family I'm glad you had a lovely visit. Gorgeous pictures I'm sure you'll treasure.

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    1. Thanks, Mel. It really was a nice visit. They're an alright bunch, I guess I'll keep 'em. ;) :)

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  28. The photo package was a great gift! Everyone looks great in them.

    Isaak has those window markers. They keep him occupied for awhile.

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  29. I love the idea of a prepaid photo package! What a thoughtful gift! That's awesome that you have kids that so in tune to what you would love!

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    1. No arguments from me, the kids are pretty great. :)

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  30. Hi Rosey .. love the family photos and what great prezzies .. and you all obviously had a lovely time ... so sorry it has to end .. but all good things must - I hope you can get together again soon .. Here's to more photos and not too much cold I hope .. cheers and HNY .. Hilary

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    1. The cold's sure here, but it's okay, this too shall pass. ;) Thanks for stopping by, Hilary. I'm headed over to your place. :)

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  31. Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas and received some very thoughtful gifts!! I'm so glad your whole family could be together for Christmas. :-)

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    1. Thank you, Kristie. Everyone being together was the very best gift of all. :)

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  32. Ooh what a delight to have all your babies there and grandbaby! No matter how old you get, they'll always be your babies :D

    I adore the photos. Smoochie baby girl for me...well when you touch her again. Isn't she just a delight. I remember when mine had those cheeks!

    Glad you had such a good time with the loves.

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    1. Oh those cheeks!!! I miss all of them, but I woke up looking for the little one that first day after they went back. :)

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  33. Family time is the best and it looks like you had a great time together with yours. The professional pics turned out wonderfully.

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    1. Thanks, Terra. We did have a really nice visit.

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