Thursday, December 25, 2008

A Christmas celebration!

It's been a full couple of days... Lots of preparations, holiday meal, church services and celebrating! While I want to share some reflections from our Christmas Eve service at church ~ today, I'm sharing some pictures from Christmas Eve and Christmas day.

The day started like most others for Blaine ~ shoveling the wet, heavy snow off the driveway.

Blaine and Elizabeth cooking part of our Christmas (Eve) dinner!

Nicholas helping with dishes...

The prime rib roast ~ yum!

Decorations on the table...

Father/daughter spoons!

The feast!

Late afternoon dinner ~ as we had to leave by 4ish to make it to the 5 pm Christmas Eve service at church. We're normally 6:45 service people, but that service was cancelled due to bad weather.

Nicholas and me!

Benjamin and Blaine clearing water off the driveway prior to leaving for church...

Just me...

The road in our neighborhood

Our kids!

In the car again ~ heading to Kirstin's house and then attending Christmas Eve service at their church at 11pm...

Benjamin and Kirstin's Christmas present ~ yay for fruit smoothies!

Benjamin opening his present from Kirstin. Doesn't she look excited?!

Ahhhh... They are such an adorable couple!

My first dairy-free, gluten-free pumpkin pie made by me! It turned out very good.

Benjamin and me!

Elizabeth and me!

"Perfect" gifts from South Australia. I'm blessed beyond measure...

Elizabeth and Benjamin playing Wii Guitar Hero at 3 am Christmas morning...

Blaine and Nicholas playing Wii Guitar Hero ~ also at the 3 am hour...

Christmas gifts ~ more delightful blessings!

Merry Christmas and to all a good night!


  1. Wow, I feel like I was there with you! Great pictures Joanie! Sweet, happy family :o)

  2. As usual I just love all the pictures.

  3. I really want to know if you had any of that onion dip that you had at Elizabeth's graduation. I loved it!!

  4. Glad you enjoyed your gifts!

    I'm cooking gluten free goodies for my sister in law at the moment. She is staying at the beach with us and is a coeliac. I enjoy the challenge and she enjoys not having to think about it.

  5. We had fun taking pictures of our celebration. Took lots this year with my parents not being able to get here on Christmas Eve. They are joining us on New Year's Eve instead...

    The onion dip? Wow ~ none of us can really remember it. Give us a hint...

    You are such a blessing to your sister-in-law Sharon. Do you have alot of gluten-free products available or are you doing everything from scratch? Rice krispy treats are gluten-free ~ do you know what they are? Yum! I should make some. :)


Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! Abundant blessings on your day... Joanie