I'll start this post with the stitching updates in case you don't want to read the babbling and take a gander at pics of the rest of my post...
Here is my finish from New Year's Eve. I only started it about 10 months ago. It's Jingle All the Way by Amy Bruecken. I am going to finish-finish it into a pillow for my bench. Into the basket of finished stitches to be finished-finished it goes!!
Here's another friendship sampler with my band - the bottom one is mine. They are all turning out so nicely. This was the one for January to stitch; it's ready to pass on ahead of schedule. Now I can move on to February - the person before me was ahead and it's sitting next to my chair - waiting!!
I enhanced my stash a bit - needed the Guacamole to finish Jingle, the other two are kits I just couldn't live without - may start one of them today...after all, what's the new year without a new project.
He's very curious and helpful when Jordan was opening his gifts - do you think perhaps there may be doggie cookies wrapped somewhere under that tree?
Our tree, this year, Christmas morning.
Because I loaded pics in the wrong order and find it a pain to move them, here are some pictures from Christmas Eve. My mom, sisters and their families and my family have a celebration. This year I had Christmas Eve off (I am usually the only one who may have to work, besides my husband), so we started mid-afternoon with the festivities. Since we had snow, the kids decided sledding was in order!
This first picture is of my sisters, mom and myself. Cindy is on the right side, I am in the middle, Tammy on the right. That's my mom in the front.
Let the hill climbing begin! This is my sister Cindy with niece, Amira. Amira is a daredevil; she and Cindy went down the hill almost to the river. My mom's house is on a hill that goes to the river, which was not froze over. Amira thought that was great!
Olivia and Brea preparing to head on down the hill next...they did eventually fix Brea's hat so she could see.
The boys were breaking the trail initially - there was lots of laughing, squealing and rosy cheeks when they came in!
Then we did lots of munching on appetizers and hot cider. Fixed a delicious dinner...opened presents. I received books and a sweater from my Mom. Afterward, my son and I went to midnight mass.
Unfortunately, my husband had to work Christmas Eve, so he was not part of these festivities.
I close with this pic...my husband is not a poser or ever likes having his pic taken, EVER, but he agreed to take this one - Santa brought Jordan a laptop for Christmas and we put this on there for wallpaper!