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Sunday, December 30, 2012

"Hard to Believe"...

...that Christmas 2012 is really now just a memory! As I think I have posted, we spent Christmas eve and morning at daughter #2's home and then back to our youngest daughter's house for the afternoon and then on to our house for presents and dinner. All together we were 17 people and amongst seeing what Santa brought, playing games, getting food ready, playing Santa and making sure everyone was enjoying themselves, the day was pretty hectic once it got rolling. I guess that is my excuse for why I didn't get very many good pictures at all. Since I am the one who sits by the tree and hands out the gifts, I am not in the best position to take pictures once the paper starts flying. And, to be honest, I am having too much fun watching everyone open their presents that the camera is the last thing on my mind. But, I do have a few to share so come along and join the chaos that is our large, loud, loving family!

Doesn't it look like it is snowing in this picture? Nope, that is just the reindeer food filling the air with glitter.

I know it doesn't look like it, but this really was an organized game of bocce ball.

Got this picture of our tree filled with the gifts we were giving but you should have seen it once everyone else added their gifts to the pile! Sorry I missed that picture!!

Harrison really isn't sad-just the way I caught his face at the moment I guess.

Presley unwrapping her gift that was bigger than she is.

Even though there is no pictorial proof, my son-in-law Rich and I really were there that evening-as well as a really beautifully set table-but I guess you will just have to take my word for that!

And here is our Christmas miracle-just kidding but it was the only thing that happened that night that got the house so quiet you could hear a pin drop-for a minute or so at least. I had one of these angel chimes as a little girl and I remember loving it. Don't know what happened to it but many years ago I bought this one so my girls could experience its magic. It has been in our family for all those years and now has become a favorite of our grand children. It is always the centerpiece on the round table in the sunroom for Christmas dinner and that is usually where all of the "little ones" end up. The first request is always for me to light it and then the room becomes completely quiet as first the angels begin to spin and then, if you are very quiet, the tinkling of the bells begins. I am always as surprised as the kids when then beautiful sound begins. And, if only for a moment, there truly is peace on earth! Hope you all had a family-filled holiday this year too. After all, when it is all over, all you are really left with are the memories you have made one more year!

I am enjoying catching up on so much this week. And, I am beginning to get some projects planned for the new year. Stay tuned.

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