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Friday, December 28, 2007

Scenes From A Christmas Holiday

Just a few scenes from my week...a little of this and a little of that. We attended an afternoon performance of The Nutcracker at Dayton's Schuster Center. Grace has deemed this a must do tradition. She gets a new nutcracker for her collection each year as well. We were at my brother and sister in law's home last Sunday. Grace created her gingerbread house while there. The architect's tools of the trade... The finished project! My nephew, the Booman, playing Santa! Okay, so I taught Boo how do give "Nose Kisses" and he had to try it out on everyone! Oh the face he made while planting a "Nose Kiss" on all of us! Grandma found it quite amusing! Grace at Grandma's house, Christmas Eve. Dan showing Boo how to play with Grace's Nintendo DS. Now, what's up with the hat on Dan's head you ask? ARGH...the kid got his head shaved a bit TOO short and knew I hated it. Thus, the head gear. I realized that every picture I had of him also featured *The Hat* on Christmas night. Oh well...a hat is just a hat right? Showing Grace how to play.... Christmas morning...Santa brought the coveted American Girl Samantha doll. There was much rejoicing in the land. We visited with friends at our buddy *T*'s house. This is Grace with Daddy and our dear friend *J*. He and his wife *B* drove up from Tennessee to visit. The kid in the hat with the dog in the bandana. Grace with her beloved Henry. Just a few shots of a happy week. It was just the sort of Christmas we love best. Unhurried and quiet. Lots of good food, good movies, good friends, family, laughter and boisterous conversation. We are off to have lunch with the family...I hope your weekend is a sweet one. 2007 is rapidly coming to a close. I have so much for which to be grateful. I am, as always, so blessed to have each one of you in my life. Your friendships mean so much. Here's to a splendid 2008 for us all and a Blogging Babe Blowout Bonanza this year!
Love and hugs, Susie Q


justabeachkat said...

Oh how I love photos! Sweet memories flood back when I look back over photos. Your photos show lots of love and happy times. We DO have lots to be thankful for, don't we?!


Anonymous said...

I always love pictures of Grace. She loves the lens lol. Looks like you all had a great time. Im still ready for memories,but ready for all to be clean.

angelsamoungus said...

Tell Gracie that Aunt Terri loved her hair and the red dress was devine.

Glad you all had a great Christmas. We did. Call us-so we can get together.


Sheila said...

What beautiful pictures! Sounds like you had a lovely Christmas! I've been slacking off on my blog lately -- I'm going to try and post some updated news soon!

Sandy said...

Fabulous photos!
Looks and sounds like you all had a wonderful Christmas.
You are right 2007 is coming to a close very soon and I hope you enjoy the last weekend in 2007 and have a blessed 2008.

Sandy :)

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

You have such a lovely family. I so enjoy coming here and seeing all the wonderful things you are up to!

Dawn Bibbs said...

Sue, I always love your pictures. You truly capture great moments.

I like Dan's fashion statement :-). And that Grace...what a pretty girl she is.

I'm glad ya'll had a great Christmas and a great week. YOU deserve it.

Happy New Year, my friend. Love ya!!

Valerie said...

what a fun Christmas you had! and i agree with Brenda, that girl of yours loves the camera - and it loves her back.

happy new year!

Miss Sandy said...

What a beautiful holiday your pictures reflect! I too love the Nutcracker, my daughter-in-love danced in the production several years in a row when she was young, so it is an annual tradtion for our family also.

Meggie said...

SusieQ: Loved the photos...what a wonderful week you had. Grace sure is growing up. I've only known her since May and she has grown so much since then. I can't believe how quickly 2007 has gone by. We sure do have lots for which to be greatful.

Meggie said...

PS: I love your new header and colors!

Sandi McBride said...

I am just loving the pictures...and Grace is quite the young lady...and the Hat! Bless him, at least he doens't have hair down to his shoulders, lol...tell Grace I think her Henry is adorable! Happy New Year if I don't get to tell you before!!

Cheryl Wray said...

The pictures are all just FANTABULOUS!! Love the colors, and the smiles, and the joy in all of them!!

Looks like you all had a wonderful Christmas!!

(My computer is still being mean to me and I am just now getting around to visiting some blogs. Just wanted to pop on here and wish you a very belated merry Christmas!!)

Kari (GrannySkywalker) said...

Now you lay off The Hat. Things could be much worse. He could have hair hanging down in his eyes and he could spend hours explaining to you how HE can SEE through the hair, even if YOU can't SEE his eyes and he could further roll the aforementioned rarely seen eyes all the way back into his brain every time you mention the fact that his flippin' hair is way too long in the front. But I digress. The point is, your children look perfect... dog, cat, hat and ALL! Be happy!

By the way, I was watching Legal Eagles today and saw your hottie, Brian Dennehy. Made me think of you!! lol

Cherdecor said...

Susie, I loved looking at all your photos and visiting Dayton again. My niece danced in the Nutcracker a few years back. That was so exciting!

I love the pictures of Grace. She is such a happy child! I wish I had one of those white gowns(?) she has on, but it probably wouldn't look as good on me.

Henry is such a beautiful cat!

I am glad that you had a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends. May you have a blessed New Year in 2008!

Rabbit Hill Creations said...

Sue, what wonderful pictures! Miss Grace looks so lovely in her beautiful red dress. I always love stopping by to see what you & your beautiful family have been up to...have a wonderful new years!
Love the new banner.

Deb said...

Wonderful famiy Christmas photos Susie! I loved the picture of Kipper in his bandana :-}
Wishing you a Very Happy New Year!!

*Jilly G-L* said...

Sweet Christmas photos:)
Wishing you a Happy New Year!

BittersweetPunkin said...

Susie...I have 2 at my house that wear "that hat" ALL the time!!! LOL

Wow...your Grace is such a Beauty...and very photogenic!
Glad you all had a Happy Christmas!

Mary Isabella said...

Thanks for sharing all tose beautiful pictures fo your Christmas. Whishing you and your family a Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!

smilnsigh said...

Ohhhhhh Samantha!!! She was the first American Girl doll I got for my first Granddaughter!!! Many more were added, from then on, of course. The second Granddaughter didn't want anything to do with dolls. {Yes, oh sigh-moan-sob-sigh} ,-) But now, the third Granddaughter has been asking Nana and Pop for American Girl dolls for a few years now! :-))))

Guess what Dear Susie Q? Your little girl is growing up. When she's all dressed up, you can see the lovely young lady coming through. :-) But making a gingerbread house, she's still more little. :-)

I now have grand daughters who are {nearly} 16, 14, and 9... so I am watching all the phases, right before my eyes. :-)

Hugs and a Happy and Healthy New Year to you and to yours!


Andi said...

What wonderful Christmas memories. I love the pictures on your post...especially the one of Grace concentrating as she creates her gingerbread house.

Happy New Year Sue!

Cathy said...

Hi Sue,

Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving that inspiration post. I am so thrilled you love my garden as much as I do. It's a love that I truly enjoy sharing with the world.

Your blog pictures are wonderful and heartwarming. I hope you had a great holiday season and I wish you the very best in the new year.


Naturegirl said...

The photos were a delight to view!
Gracie is a beautiful child!
Susie Q wishing you and your precious family peace love and many blessings in the coming New Year! hugs NG xo

Melissa said...

Wonderful photos Sue! I bet Grace is enjoying her new American Girl doll! Lovely memories and what a wonderful family you have.

Sandra Evertson said...

What Beautiful photos!
Happy New Year to you and yours!
Sandra Evertson

Sharon Kay said...

It looks like a good Christmas at your house. I am wishing you and your family a wonderful and blessed 2008.......

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, gorgeous photos, what a lovely week and a lovely post, thank you, we so enjoyed it! An American Girl doll, how beautiful!! Grace is a bautiful girl. Happy New Year Sue to you and yours! Jenn and Jacqui

Mary said...

Dear Sue,
What terrific photos -- your kids are fabulous! Grace looks so sweet in her red dress, and Dan is very handsome, even in his hat!

Looks like you had a wonderful holiday. I am so thrilled to have met you, and I wish you and your family a bright and happy new year!

Mom2fur said...

The pictures are great! I love the way Grace looks in her red dress! It's wonderful that "The Nutcracker" is a family tradition now, thanks to Grace. My mom used to take me when I was young, to Lincoln Center in NYC, but we didn't go every year. (We did Radio City Music Hall most years.) I'll never forget how magical that was, and I bet Grace never will, either!

JafaBrit's Art said...

Grace looks very elegant for the Schuster center :) Love the pics, you all look so happy. Gosh we didn't take any family pics this year, we err, well kind of forgot.LOL!

All the best for the New Year to you and your family.
love Corrine

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

yes, those are great pics, Susie! Looks like a wonderful time was had. I'm thankful too & am so looking forward to a new year.

Happy New Year to you & yours, dear friend!


DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

A Blogging Babe Blowout Bonanza! Sounds great!

Your family pictures are so pretty, what wonderful memories you'll have. Grace looks so pretty & grown up in her red dress & you see lots of those hats today so don't sweat it....poor guy must have a cold head!

Thank you for thinking of me, the kind comments & well wishes for the new year.

Happy New year to you & yours, Hugs, DebraK

Gretchen said...

Great photos, and I don't mind Dan's hat a bit. Probably because I'm obsessing about making knit hats. :) I finished one for Drama Girl yesterday. It's a little big, but she loves it. One of these days the gauge will match the pattern. :O)

Rosemary said...

Looks like fun was had by all.
Grace looked beautiful in her red dress. I love her new doll.

Jen said...

Nose kisses are aka Eskimo Kisses :) I do them with Bryce

wendy said...

Yes, a thankful time indeed, your Christmas looked absolutely delightful

Mama P said...

Your family makes me smile. Grace is a darling. Your husband and son are hunks. Your mom is stunning. And you are BEAUTIFUL! Though I don't see many photos of you up. (You're like me... too busy taking them.)