Saturday, December 31, 2016

Christmas 2016

Well the last couple of weeks certainly blew by fast! I've not had a minute to even sit in front of the computer. I don't know how ya'll do it over the holidays. We had a house full of company since the 23rd and before that, I was busy getting ready for the house full of company. We had 7 staying here plus a new puppy,  a 2 yr old, 1 bathroom, and  it was wonderful! The kids left on the afternoon of the 26th after spending a morning working on their pistol skills. Around here, 'home on the range' includes the gun range:

I took my mom to Ruidoso for the day on the 27th. That is such a pretty little town, just 90 miles from here and there was just enough snow to make it magical, but not enough to make driving or walking treacherous.

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On the 28th we were hit hard with a nasty stomach bug. Very thankful it was after Christmas and the kids were gone although DD thinks she brought the virus with her. She was the first to get it after she left the ranch. On the 29th I took my mom to the airport.  Whew. It took a while to get beds put back together and cots put away and then pack away all the Christmas decorations, not to mention bleaching down the house and everything in it.

But I hope ya'll all had a blessed Christmas. I know that we sure did! With little kids and puppies and family, it's always a ton of fun. Here are a couple of my favorite pictures...the tree that our North Camp man brought me was simply perfect. Our ceilings are 9 ft and we had to cut a foot off of the tree in order to squeeze it into place:

And then a few more inches to accommodate the star:

30 years of Christmas memories with a story behind each one:

Christmas with a 2 yr old, especially this 2 yr old, was magical:

And a Christmas puppy that always found a willing lap:

And made himself right at home:

And no, he's not staying here although Skeet thought he was his Christmas present. :)

It's been a while since we've viewed Christmas through the eyes of a little one:

He's incredibly sweet:

And tidy! He put every piece of paper in the trash as he unwrapped each gift without being told:

I tried, but his Mama wouldn't let me keep him:

Our annual puzzle piecing party was a hoot. Our North Camp Man, Dane, is single and he was here so we adopted him for Christmas. Poor fella. Don't think he was ready for the insanity, but then again, he fit right in so I hope he felt like part of the family. At one point, DH told him he was fired due to 'poor puzzle ethics'. LOL.

And I'll leave you with what is probably sums up our Christmas the best. This picture that our girl captured just cracks me up:


Wishing you all a Blessed New Year as you ring in 2017! I think I'll be starting mine with a nap!


Tired Teacher said...

Harvey made me laugh out loud!

Happy that your Christmas was a grand one and that your home was filled with laughter, fun, and love. Happy New Year.

Scrap and quilts said...

lol at the last picture. Just perfect. May you have a wonderful new year too. With enough rain but no flooding! ;^)

carol fun said...

Looks like you had a fun and crazy Christmas! and Christmas with a young child and that really is the essence of the season! Hope you are recovered from the crud... lots of it going around. And I hope 2017 blesses you will all the best things in life... health, happiness and family! hugs !!

Lindah said...

Wah! That last doggie pic just cracks me up. A 2 yr old and a new puppy could do that to an old timer. ;-)
Sounds like you had a wonderful, memory making Christmas. I hope for you that 2017 will be a wonderful year for you and all your family.

Dorian said...

I'm glad you had such a lovely Christmas Karin. The kids were home and your house was full. So sorry you were all sick afterwards though!

Alycia said...

Oh my gosh - what fun you all had - and the little ones ( both puppy and child) are TOO cute!!! Glad you enjoyed your time with all of them and it's ok if you didn't sit at the computer - you had more fun!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

My husband got the stomach virus on Christmas Eve! A memorable Christmas of a different kind. I bleached every thing in the house except me and the cat and she ran for her life in fear of being bleached! The look on the dogs face is priceless and I sometimes feel that way.

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