Saturday, December 18, 2010

Peace on Earth...

We just returned from our three day family Christmas gathering.  It was restful, fun, and so relaxing. Just what I needed!  I took 229 photos, but here are a few of my very favorites!  I hope you enjoy the recap, but I'm going to limit my words, cause I'm tired girls! (Betcha never thought I'd say that, huh?)
The island we visited, was full of beautiful scenery like this. 

  I found a little bit of peace on earth while rocking in a chair between my Mama and sis-in-law, watching the ripples this lake. 

We brought a tiny Christmas tree and decorated it with store bought cookies.  Believe it or not, it was so cute, I think I'll do this again!
We dragged in a little nature, and decorated our table all cute for my Mama's Christmas meal. 
My sis-in-law, Holli and I were in charge of dessert, so we created brownie pops that took us about 20 minutes in all to create.  They were so fun and yummy!  (Not to mention super easy! You bake a pan of brownies ahead of time, then you use an ice cream scoop and your hands to form round balls, insert a candy stick and chill.  Then you roll them in melted chocolate, spoon a little more on top to cover, and sprinkle with crushed candy canes!)
I loved these photos.  Everyone just relaxing and hanging around.  Oh.  And our room.  It was so cute I had to share!  Isn't that bed inviting? 
Of course, it wasn't all relaxing.  We had some wild games, including a rubber band fight that left us laughing and exhausted, not to mention a game of charades that kept us laughing for hours!
My little princess. 
Ahem.  My little hoodlum.
Speaking of hoodlums... did you know that when you put a couple of swimsuit-clad hoodlums into a jacuzzi tub and throw some bubble bath in, you'll get contagious giggles? 
And crazy bubbles! 
We visited an Alpaca farm, much to the delight of my children.

After much coaxing, they finally got one!
I love these peeps.  Now I'm off to unpack and do laundry.  It's going to be a great week!! 


  1. Can't get enough of your sweet girl's face - "alpacas? Thanks for nothing, mum!" brilliant!

  2. yay you!!
    looks like such wonderful memories were made
    merry merry

  3. that last picture is so awesome....what a great way to capture your time together!!!

    I'd frame that one!

  4. BEAUTIFUL pictures and it looks like you had a delightful time :)

    Merry CHRISTmas!

  5. I love a small cozy family gathering like this. So beautiful.

  6. so glad you had a great and relaxing time.
    I am also glad we "found" each other this year. I am always so full after reading your posts.

  7. What a perfect time together! I love the last photo, Sasha. Enjoy your week!

  8. Looks just lovely. I especially love that last photo!

  9. Your photos sure do look comfy, cozy, and relaxing! I love how you put them all together, hope you are having a restful day!

  10. girl those pics were soooo great. that last one with everyone peeking out was brilliant. i need an email with your camera tips...i can't remember everything you told me the other day. all of it was gorgeous and thanks for that brownie pop recipe. YUM! make those for me when i come...ha!

  11. Where did you go???Storybook Village? People live in the prettiet places and you take the best pictures. Very fun!
    p.s. one day I will sit by a lake and watch the ripples and not be SCREAMING at someone!!! Can't wait!

  12. Your pictures are INCREDIBLE! I can't even pick a favorite but that last one was so sweet. How do you do that thing where you put 2 pics side by side?

    I've missed you!

  13. Looks like a wonderful time. That last picture is really nice. I also loved your idea of the cookie tree. If I did that though all of the cookies would probably be gone in about a :)

  14. What a lovely time!
    Your photos are so beautiful too:)

  15. Love that last picture of everyone in the windows-toooo cute!

  16. If only my trip home this weekend was so wonderful. I think I'm going to replace the memories of my mom working herself into a lather with these memories...

    Oh, what a nice weekend I had making ornaments out of store-bought cookies! Look, it worked!

  17. Okay, that's it. Please do a tutorial on how you get such fantastic photos! We have similar cameras and mine are so not this good! Gorgeous pics and looks like a fun time was had by all :). I had to laugh at the bed. That is MY bed. It's from Restoration Hardware, is 20 feet off the ground, and is fab. We've had it since we were first married.

  18. Just wanted to tell you that I just found your blog. I love it! I spent a while reading every single post. :) Thanks for sharing!!

  19. Love the pics. Looks like you all had a wonderful time and made great memories. Merry Christmas!!!

  20. Oh I love your blog..your pics are super amazing! I am coveting your camera!! Do you mind telling me what kind it is? Great shots! Loved the pic of your little girl with the alpaca...and loved the brownie pops idea...I think i'll try them for our Christmas eve supper! thanks for sharing...merry christmas!
    jessie, nelson, nz

  21. What fun!!! I love stuff like that - family hunkered down - full of games, laughter and giggles.

    Merry MERRY Christmas to you, new friend!

    Speaking of "Peace on Earth" - have you heard the song that I posted on my blog today? It melts my heart EVERY-TIME I hear it!