Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Full moons, flu shot and haircuts...

That's my day today...after they've all gone home from our wonderful Verter-thanks-mas Day week-end..


I miss them all already..



...here's Gerri and my granddaughter Alyssa....

... grandson Brian and his (our) sweet Tessa...


....Lisa and April...


Handsome Chris and our April...



Ophelia could not make an appearance this year..so she sent over her contribution..her fresh eggs..lovingly decorated by Oliver, Brahm and Brooks from next door..


The presents were ready and wrapped...with Kobe, Angel and Dot checking them out...


Emily got a beautiful necklace made by Auntie Rachael..but because this was a White Elephant game..didn't have it for long....


Jeff ended up with a set of retractable back scratchers..and he and Rachael gave a "high five"..


Chris tentatively opens his gift..ready for one of us to grab it away...

"Supper's ready.."

Yes, that's beef...prime rib. Yummy with Mr. B's famous smashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, sweet horsey sauce, April's baked beans and my favorite...GREEN OLIVES!


We need to use 2 tables and one is round., and one oblong...so it always looks like an exclamation point (!! )


I don't know what we'll do when all of the kids grow too big for the "kid's table"..Brian used to be there, but now we have to "borrow" neighbor kids for the table..


What a grin! That's Oliver for sure..
Time for the "group shots"!! Chris, Emily, April, Brian and Alyssa

Brian & Tessa


Hear no evil, speak no evil and see no evil...yeah..right..

Ah..all my loves in one place..well, most anyway. Ella and Connor aren't here..but they were in my heart..


Didja ever notice how you "un-pose" as soon as the photo is snapped??


Well, today they all are home. Back in school. Back to work. Back to routine.


And I miss them more that I can express. It's always so hard to say good-bye. And in this economy, we don't know how soon we'll see each other again.


That makes it all that much harder...


But, even though it was quick, and tiring on the travelers, I wouldn't miss one minute of it..


..any minute I can spend with my family is worth all the good-byes..


But it's hard. So hard.


So, it's full moons, flu shots and haircuts...back to routine..back to "normal"...and a heart full of great memories.


Hope you enjoyed them as well.


-me

8 comments:

Neabear said...

What a wonderful day full of wonderful memories! Family time is special. I know what you mean. My grandchild is in Florida and I am in California and have only seen her once so far. I hope to see her again this spring. We are going to try anyway. Enjoy the memories!

Mary said...

The memories are what we live by. Don't be sorry it's over, be happy it happened!!! What great pictures!!

Jan said...

It looks like you have a fabulous time! Love the pictures!

Betty said...

Everyone looks so happy and you have a beautiful family!! Some of those I've met and thoroughly enjoyed; others I hope to meet someday. Love little Lulu on Randy's lap...too cute. And the furkids checking out the gifts..so typical. I'm so glad you had a wonderful visit. Love you.

Charmingdesigns said...

oh how I wish I had a family, its just the three of us. Go look at the Tattingchic blog...where she talks about her addiction..its great. Laurie

Brenda said...

I hear you girl. Im so sorry,but I know what you feel. Hope it gets better.Looks like a great time was had by all.

Charmingdesigns said...

OH, I forgot to ask you...can I be a part of your extended family???lol. Laurie

Pen Pen said...

I love the Thanksmas idea. Looks like you guys had a great time. I love the family photo... especially with the little doggies in the picture.