Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A white Christmas!

Last week we flew to Vermont to celebrate Christmas with my family. The drive from the airport to the house was a bit snowy....
These look like black and white pics, but there really not. This was coming through Franconia Notch in NH.

That night Santa came with lots of presents for my special little girl. I guess she must have been pretty good this year! Her prize possession, the BFF singing Barbies!

Christmas night my brother and his family came. Poppa and the girls made reindeer food with oats and cinnamon and sparkles, and flung it into the night sky. The wind was whipping pretty good and we all went running into the house with sugar and sparkles in our hair, eyes...everywhere. But the deer LOVED it, and that night we actually had 9 in the yard!

We all made a snowman. He is an interesting fellow (like the zucchini mouth?) Simone wanted to leave plenty for the deer to eat and thought they could snack on a squash!
**Lauren, we thought he could be pals with your "snow dude", what do ya think?**

And the girls loved sledding down the back yard, I think we pulled them maybe 15 or so times. All the parents slept well that night! It was so much fun, amazing how snow can create such wonderful memories!

And isn't it cute, my folks holding hands...

I got the girls matching PJ's. They had such fun together! This was the first year they really played together, being a year and 1/2 age difference. Simone enjoyed having her little cousin around and can't wait to see her again.
We even went on a sleigh ride in Stowe, VT. It was really incredible and both the girls had big ole grins on the whole time.

But it sure was cooooold and I forgot my hat! Silly Tennessee girl!

We found a great little English Pub for lunch there too! You know I'm all about the food!

So now the festivities of Christmas are past and tonight we celebrate ringing in the New Year (if I can manage to stay awake!) I guess it's time to look back at all that has happened in 2008 and look forward to all the new things in 2009. It was a very good year... it has been amazing watching Simone grow so much and learn so many new things, and of course all of the preparation for our next little won ton coming home have both filled me with memories of a great 2008. I am excited to see all the new and exciting changes 2009 has yet to bring. (and YES, still waiting on the us something to look forward to next year!)

Happy New Year everyone!

Peace and joy to you all tonight...



Lisa said...


Your reflections & photos just always fill me with such joy and absolutely leave a smile on my face!

The raw beauty of your landscape shots were incredible and that sweet deer stole my heart! What a glorious tradition to start...edible treats for the deer & wild life, scattered in the wind and a snowman that gives back to nature, little by little as he melts away in the spring. Imagine how much joy that snow guy will bring to your folks everytime they glimpse his veggie grin in the yard!! :)

And Lauren is playing with a buddy right now while I sneak peeks at your blog ( when else can a Mama do it?? lol ) but she will ADORE Simone's snowman, sledding and sleigh adventures! I can't wait to show her! She will pleased as punch to be named in the post too!! So sweet!!

From up here, we are sending the VERY BEST & BRIGHTEST wishes for a grand, joyful and blessed new year! It promises to bring incredible wondrous changes for both of our families and I'm so thankful to share the journey with you!!


P.S. Simone is so beautiful and radiant in each picture!!

Mark & Kris said...

What great photos! I have always wanted to go to Vermont and now I REALLY want to go!! How do you make reindeer food? That sounds like fun! Happy New Year!! Kris