Saturday, December 31, 2011

Goodbye 2011

Looking back on the past year I have to say it was a good one.  I am blessed with my husband, two kids I produced and 5 bonus kids, with several spouses and significant others, and we added our 11th grandbaby. My parents are healthy.  We both have jobs that keep us in what we need.

Hubby with our 11th grandbaby.  She's a girl!

I didn't post as much as I thought I would.  There is always next year.

We went on a couple of fun trips.  We went 4 wheeler riding a couple times.  We went to visit kids and grandkids in Georgia.  Spent a couple of days in the Smoky Mountains.  Went ziplining!  Spent lots of time with family.

I bought a Kindle and love it!  I have more books loaded on there than I can ever read. I joined an online E-Book challenge.  I haven't totalled up my books yet but I think I did well.

We had the invasion of the Cicadas this summer.  That was an experience that I would be happy to never have again.

We celebrated many family birthdays.  My dad turned 70 with a surprise party at the park.

I have wonderful friends that try to get together once a month or so for a girls night out.  We really enjoy those. We have a wide range of ages and places in our lives but we all get along so well.

Tonight will be a fun night at home with kids and grandkids.  We will play games and ring in the new year.  Looking forward, I have no resolutions.  I just hope to continue enjoying life with great family and friends.


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas 2011

Merry Christmas!

Hubby and I started off our celebrating early in the month when we traveled a few hours to attend a Christmas wedding.

Hubby and I at the Christmassy wedding of a niece.

My Dad has done it again.  He hand carves an ornament for each couple and child in the family.  It takes him several hours per ornament. It is always one of my favorite gifts of the year.  You can see some of the past ornaments here.

This year's ornament
 Dad always tries to have the ornaments done by Thanksgiving so we have them to hang on our trees each year.  He was successful again this year.  The bear is laying on the black Friday ads as you can tell.

The back of the ornament.
Shopping and wrapping are done. Yay!  Hubby and I are spending a quiet Christmas Eve at home.  I have to cook a couple of dishes for tomorrow's family dinner.  I'm going to try to watch a few Christmas movies and read some Christmas books that I downloaded to my Kindle.  I will make our Christmas Eve dinner of pizza and spend some quiet time in front of the tree.

Tomorrow, we travel to my brother's house to celebrate with my family.  Probably we will spend the night with my son.  Tuesday, Hubby's daughter, husband and new baby will come to celebrate with us.  Wednesday we pick up a cousin from the airport.  He has been out of the country for a month so I'm sure there will be stories to hear.

New Year's Eve plans are not finalized yet.  We have been invited to a cousin's lake house and also my son and family want to come here so I'm not sure what we will pick.

Happy New Year!!!