What I Didn’t Do

Wow, did the last two days ever FLY!

We had Christmas Eve dinner at our house because Amy and her kids couldn’t be here on Christmas Day. Eric’s girlfriend, Kelsey, was here, too, which was nice.

Then on Christmas day, Hubby’s Mom and my parents joined Hubby, Shannon, Eric, and me for dinner. Which was also nice.

I took quite a few pics on Christmas Eve. But I didn’t even think about picking my camera up on Christmas day.

Can you believe that?

I can’t. I missed getting a picture of Hubby’s Mom in her pretty Christmas outfit. I didn’t get a picture of my parents either. And I REALLY wanted to have someone take a picture of Hubby and I together in front of our Christmas tree. Really. But I even forgot about that.


It was a lovely day anyway.

At least I have a few shots to share from Christmas Eve.

The calm before the "storm."

All of the gifts were wrapped and placed around the tree.

The "doll' atop our tree.

Last weekend, when Joey was here, he saw the angel that sits atop our tree. He either said our tree was stupid or funny because we had a doll on top of the tree instead of a star. I like our angel okay. But what I really miss is this awful cardboard star that Shannon, Amy, Eric and I made during one of our very first Christmases together. I wish I knew where that thing went.

Ho Ho Ho

I thought for sure someone would comment about the face on this Santa Claus. I’m not sure which of my girlfriends gave this one to me, but I think it was Carol. He’s got a very unique mug, wouldn’t you say?

I took a few pics of the ornaments on our tree.

I love snowmen.

I really like snowmen. And birds. From a decor perspective AND a real-life perspective.

Dark-eyed Junco

My Aunt Kathy gave me this bird ornament several years back. She knows I like birds, but she didn’t know what this particular bird was called (Dark-eyed Junco) or that it is one of my favorite birds. They’re winter birds in this area. They’re pretty social and think nothing of hanging out on our back steps for the dogs to watch and/or salivate over.

All decorated for the holiday.

I also love the way our house looks during the holidays.

Brianna couldn't resist helping Aunt Shannon apply the egg wash to her rolls.

I especially love the house when it’s full of our kids. And our grand kids.

Lego building.

The grand kids always enjoy playing with the gazillion Legos I have here. Some were mine when I was a kid and some were Uncle Eric’s. They asked Uncle Eric to build Legos with them. Shannon and I were busy in the kitchen. I did pop in long enough to get a picture of Eric surrounded by his niece and nephews. What I missed, however, was one of them asking Kelsey (Eric’s girlfriend) if she is their Aunt now. And whether she and Eric would be getting married.

The egg wash helps the rolls to brown AND helps the garnish adhere. In this case, there was poppy seeds, sesame seeds and kosher salt. Shannon makes excellent dinner rolls.

Kids in the kitchen.

It was nice having all the kids together. Left to right are Amy, Eric, Shannon, and Kelsey.

Grand kids opening gifts.

I’ll be kicking myself for a while for not capturing shots of the parents. It really was a lovely Christmas celebration.

Tonight, we’re supposed to be getting together with some of our friends. Unless this “blizzard” actually materializes. We’re only expecting about six inches of snow, but you never know what we’ll actually get.

Rest assured, though, I won’t forget to take pictures of THAT.

4 Replies to “What I Didn’t Do”

  1. What pretty decorations. Thanks for sharing them.

    There are many occasions when I’m so wrapped up in being part of the action that I forget to take pictures — or even bring my camera. That’s okay; it’s part of the hustle-and-bustle of life. We’ll always have our memories.

  2. It might sound crazy, but your snowman reminds me of Paul Lynde.

    The decorations and tree are lovely. I especially like the Christmas card clothesline. That’s a great solution for displaying cards.

    Glad your Christmas was merry 🙂

    1. Fuzzy, I wonder how many people read your comment and thought, “Who?” I saw it immediately once you mentioned it. 🙂

      The clothesline was one of my brainstorms years ago. That and some Command Strips are perfect.

  3. I don’t think I ever looked at that Santa close up before because I never noticed what an odd face he had until today’s picture of him.

    Also, I love the look on Joe’s face in the shot where they’re opening presents. You can almost hear him saying “ooooooohhhh.” 🙂

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