Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas 2011

I am lucky enough to live near most of my family. My sister lives about a mile away, and my daughters and their families are nearby. Two live only a few houses away, and the other about 20 minutes away. My brother and his family are the only ones who aren't close. So, I am lucky to spend Christmas, and the Christmas season, with the people I love.

Carmen and Mr. Primcat came over Saturday and took one of our cats for a Christmas present for her MIL. She was wanting a black cat for Christmas. We just happened to have a very lovey black cat named Buddy who desperately wanted to be a spoiled indoor cat. Well, Saturday they both got their wish.

Many of our family are sick this season. Luke just wanted to go to bed. You know he's sick if he doesn't want to eat, or open presents... Angie, Chuck and Kaylee have been sick for several days, and while Rachel and Cody are feeling much better, now Joe is sick. Being sick put a bit of a damper on their holiday.

So, here are a few pics from the last few days.

We hung up some outdoor ornaments on the lilac by the mailbox. Hubby made the decorative birdhouse a couple of weeks ago.

We put up the snow family and added icicle lights to mimic snow

I haven't decorated as much the last few years, as I used to, but here are a few glimpses of Christmas decor around our house this year.

We all met at my sister's house for dinner, and everyone brings food. We always make more than enough food. After dinner the kids opened their gifts and then the adults have a white elephant swap. The reoccuring gift of choice was dental hygiene. New toothbrushes turned up in more than one box. I lucked out and got one of the "premiere" gifts, a hand crafted star made by my daughter Rachel and her hubby Joe. My hubby had built a large bird house like our red one shown above, and it was the other "premiere" prize. My sister ended up with it.

I got a lot of very nice things. I'll show those off another day. More than anything, I got to spend time with the people I love and that means everything.

I hope you enjoyed your holiday too.



Heather said...

We enjoyed getting together. Merry Christmas. I'm glad you're my sister.

Carmen and the Primcats said...

Hey Myra! Looks like ya'll had fun!

I ♥ that birdhouse so much. So so very much! You know I love your home. You need to share your AMAZING kitchen and awesome crocks!

Thanks for letting us give Buddy a home. Update... shared custody of the parental units until further friendship takes place between Buddy and Gidget. LOL. I don't think Gidget can take another behind whoopin! LOL! Litter box is going fine. No problems at all.

I be up sometime this week to pick up Shane's boot clip!

Carmen and the Primcats

smocha said...

The decor looks great! I looove your house!Sorry everyone is sick. I had it a couple weeks ago. Looks like fun was had in spite of the plauge :)
Hope you all feel better soon.
Love me

TheCrankyCrow said...

Looks like you all managed to have a good holiday in spite of the rampant illness. Hope everyone gets to feeling better soon. Your decor looks wonderful - I adore that birdhouse your hubby made! Now I have birdhouse envy.... ;o) I am amazed that you can hang bulbs on your lilac bush....they'd last a day here at best and then likely end up in Kansas somewhere....Wishing you a joy-filled week. Smiles & Holiday Hugs ~ Robin

Rachel said...

It stinks we were all sick but I think everyone still had fun. Glad you liked the star ~ I'm going to have to come make a birdhouse one of these days since Heather stole mine!! lol

Lona said...

Well that is just not right to be sick at Christmas time. Your snowmen are so cute! It is nice that your family is nearby. Happy and Blessed New Year to you and the Family.

myomyohi said...

Robin, We wire them onto the lilac so they can't blow away.