Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Mistletoe and Memories

Hey friends!
Here we are, into the Hustle and Bessel of the Holiday season already.  I'm trying to decorate and do some shopping but I had to say, I don't know how those of you who live in warmer climates get in mood when it's sunny and warm outside. lol  It's been in the upper sixties here and so nice! I'm not complaining...but I'm a life long Nebraskan and this is not   One thing about Nebraska tho, .... just hold on because it can change in a flash.    I'm talking advantage of it while I can.  I know ice and snow will not be fun with my foot issues.

Speaking of Holiday Hustle here is a card I have up on the Scrapbook Adhesives By 3L blog using the Christmas collection from Fancy Pants Designs, called exactly that..." Holiday Hustle"
Click here to see tips on die cutting with  Adhesive Sheets and Foam shapes with foil.

I said in my last post that I would share some photos of our big family Thanksgiving.  This year Jarad and Kate invited us all to have Thanksgiving at their new home.   They moved in a few months ago and have been working away on projects.  This was an old country school house that had build on to by the previous owners. ( And elderly couple that had lived there for many years).  
I cant even begin to explain the unique charm and character of this house. Jarad and Kate are so happy there.  It's only about 15 minutes from us, so that makes this momma happy also.
Kate ( my daughter in law), is a teach in this small town, so it's a perfect fit.
Back to Thanksgiving.  It was just a wonderful day!  The weather was so nice nice we could even be outside!     I  know we are all thankful to be able to be together no matter where it is, and renting the Senior Center works well for us, since there are so many...... but..... having in in a home was just amazing!    
It was the first time most of the family had seen their new place, so it was fun for Kate and Jarad to show them around the house and acreage.

Below is a photo I snapped as we were having the blessing.  Maybe not appropriate for me to take a photo during the blessing but I am so happy to have this photo.  It just warms my heart.
As you can see, there is always plenty of food! lol Everyone brings food (and trust me, we have some pretty amazing cooks in the family).  No one went home hungry :)
  Pictured below is still not everone that joined in the day.  Wes and Amy both had to work until 2 so they came later.
Of course we missed our other siblings from out of state and their kids and grand kids, but we message and send videos back and forth with them as well as facetime.

We are all thankful to be together.  I feel so blessed to be a part of this big, crazy family!
When I look at this picture I can just see Mom and Dad smiling.
( Dad would nudge mom and say "Look what you started" ) lol

I didn't take tons of photos. Instead I just enjoyed the moment.
You know how I love photos, so when I came home I have to admit I was a little bummed knowing I hadn't taken many.   Well, that all changed when I uploaded my photos from my camera.
This has happened before, and I LOVE IT!
Someone ( Nathaniel) had picked up my camera and left me some surprise shots.
These made my day!!

Photos like these are just the BEST!

I look back on photos from family gathering from previous years and I can't believe how these kids have grown up!
I know a number of you who have been coming to my blog for years, know these faces.
Hard to believe Nathaniel ( in the photo below) is now the bearded 21 year old in the photo above!

And Lyndsay is now a young  woman living on her own and working in the big city.
 Of course I have project and layouts with photos of all my nieces and nephews in my files, and it's so fun to go back and look at how they have grown and changed.  That's what I love about photos. They can just take you back to another time.
I ran across this catalog cover from Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage with "little" Lyndsay on it. awwww

I will always be a lover of photos. 
Now days we all have phones with cameras at our finger tips.  That's great, but we have to be sure to download and save them, or to occasionally print some off.  We seem to do that will professional photos but for me there is truly  nothing better than candid shots :)
I've always had a soft  spot for the everyday photos.  I think they say so much about who we really are.

Keep clicking away my friends!

Thanks for stopping by and letting me share!

Hugs, Vicki


Vicki said...

Beautiful holiday card, Vicki! I love these popular Buffalo plaids. Again, your Thanksgiving photo is amazing! I love the that you have so many family members in attendance and what an amazing home! Every time I look at the photo I see another piece of "embellishing" that adds to the charm. Fabulous!!

janel said...

Looking at your big group photo brought tears to my eyes, especially when you talked about your dad giving your mom a nudge and saying...look what you started. Their home is beautiful and just the beginning of so many memories. I love it. And, I love the windmill decorating on the wall and above the fireplace....makes me think of all those Iowa cornfields. Hugs to you. Thanks for sharing your loves.

Anonymous said...

The house looks absolutely amazing. The group looks huge and the food looks good. Love the old photos and the photo bombs too. Your card is darling. belated Happy Thanksgiving my friend.
Sending my love

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

I love that photo of your family asking the blessing...and I'm glad you took the shot! You'll cherish that for years to come! Love this cheery card! The black and white background make everything pop! Enjoy the pretty weather. It was like summer here all week, but a damp drizzle has moved in and it's definitely feeling cooler. Big hugs!