Monday, December 29, 2014

Christmas 2014

We've had nearly a week of celebrating starting on Saturday, December 20th with a family "Christmas" dinner with our children and their families.

Tom's father started a tradition with our children of going out to buy donuts to eat Christmas morning. We're continuing that tradition with our grandchildren. This was Haiden's third time and Garrett's first of choosing the donuts.

Here are the boys waiting to open gifts. (Notice how Haiden has lost another tooth.)

Now that Haiden can read, he asked Tom if he could help hand out gifts and wear the Santa hat that Tom usually does.

Later that day we went to Krohn Conservatory to see the special Christmas displays.

Our daughter and son-in-law headed back to Columbus late afternoon, but we got to keep Haiden an extra day. Among other things, he got to decorate reindeer cookies like his cousin Garrett had done the previous week.

The next day Tom and I took Haiden and Garrett to the Museum Center to see the trains and the children's museum. We had a full day--arriving there around 10am and staying until nearly 4pm. 

We ended our time there with a special treat at Graeter's.  

On Christmas Day we went to our son's home to see what Santa had brought everyone.

Garrett loves to perform so this microphone was quite a hit!

Even the big "children" had their stockings filled!

Garrett thought that he and I should make some funny faces.

And yes, we're still celebrating! Yesterday Tom and I had our 44th wedding anniversary! Where do the years go?

We hope you are having a joyous Christmastide and that 2015 will be a very good year for you (with lots of stitching time)!


woolwoman said...

what a wonderful fun filled Christmas you had with your family Ellen. Hope you and Tom had a wonderful Anniversary as well. Wishing you warm and "wooley thoughts" in the new year ! Hugs Mel

Vickie said...

Happy Anniversary! What a wonderful, happy post this was. :)

Ann said...

What a wonderful Christmas season you've had! And congratulations on the anniversary--you still look just as happy as you did then!

krayolakris said...

great fun with the little blondies! I love the dinosaur slippers.

Congratulations & Happy Anniversary! Here's to a Happy New Year!

Margaret said...

What a lovely post, Ellen! It looks like such a lovely time with your family. And the wedding picture -- you still have the same wonderful expression now as you had then. And Tom -- such a handsome fellow! Happy anniversary to you both! And Happy New Year!

Barb said...

What a delightful post, Ellen. You have a beautiful family. The boys are both so cute and getting bigger all the time.Children have a way of doing that! I love the picture at the end of the post, and Congratulations to you and Tom on your anniversary!!

Jackie said...

Your tree is gorgeous and it looks like you had a wonderful Christmas with your beautiful family! I know you must be enjoying everyone living so close.

Happy 44 years to you and Tom (and many more)!

diamondc said...

Ellen: Merry Christmas, love this post it is always a treat to see how other homes celebrate the Christmas Season.

Merry Christmas From Our Home to Yours.
Catherine and Michael

diamondc said...

Ellen Forgot to tell you Happy Anniversary, love your wedding picture.


Roberta said...

Happy New Year, Ellen,

Love your family Christmas photos, how the boys have grown. Love the donut thing - how fun.

Happy Anniversary.

Cari said...

Oh Ellen…thank you so much for sharing your darling family with us !! Wonderful, just wonderful. Best wishes for a simply fabulous year of needlework. Hugs

Annette-California said...

I loved seeing your beautiful Christmas tree! Incredible post. Seeing the photo of grandpa, the boys and donuts & the funny faces one - really made me smile. LOVE IT!!! Awe what an incredible holidays with the grandkids!
love Annette