Monday, January 19, 2009

Christmas 2008 and Family....

I thought I would share a couple of photo's of our Christmas trees and some family photo's.

This first photo is my Snowman tree which I placed in my new sitting room. It is full of snowmen that Wayne and I made last year and some I purchased.

This is the lighted flocked tree in our Gathering Room. I don't decorate this tree with ornaments. This year I put red bows on it with a large red bow with streamers at the top. This is the room that we open and share our gifts.

Our son, Gordon, had not been home for Christmas in four years, so Christmas was very special to Wayne and I this year. Gordon is our only child and we are very proud of him. He is serving his country in the United States Air Force, stationed at Ramstein AFB, Germany. However, the beginning of this month he was deployed to Qatar (prounced "Cutter"). He will be there four months (or so they tell him). Tammy, our DIL, is staying at their home in Germany.

This first photo is the four of us. Wayne, Tammy, me, and Gordon.

This photo is Gordon and his dad.

And here we have Tammy and Gordon.

I've been spending this month relaxing and cross stitching. I've actually completed several small projects (need to do the finish on them). I actually can't believe how relaxed my stitching has become this month. I believe this is because I made the decision not to participate in any swaps with any of the online groups I belong to. One small group is doing a birthday club and I am going to participate in this, but we only have to send a card with a skein of thread. My choice in stitching has turned more to the primitive level and I enjoy these designs very much. They are very simple and usually very quick to stitch. I still enjoy Lizzie Kate and have her new "Boo" charts to stitch for Halloween, and of course I will always love Little House Needleworks and The Sampler Girl charts. But, my world has opened up to several wonderful primitive designers.

Hopefully, later this week I can post some of my stitching, until then...

Blessings to Each of You,


Heidi said...

Hi Barbara! Your snowman tree is so adorable. One more thing that you really have in common with my mother. I love the other tree! It is just stunning. When you say flocked tree is that because of the snow tips on it? It just looks fantastic. I also cannot believe how much Gordon looks like you. You must be so proud of him for his service but I know it also brings worries in these troubled times. Know that I am keeping him in my prayers dear friend!

Hugs ~

angelasweby said...

Barbara, it was so lovely seeing you and the family together at Christmas. I'm not surprised you are all so proud of Gordon. Times like these are all too short.
Your trees look so festive. I wish we had room for more than one, it's lovely to be able to theme them.
I love the name The Gathering Room, it brings with it such warmth and memories of wonderful get togethers.
Really looking forward to seeing what you have been stitching. I really like the primitive designs that are around at the moment, too. They usually say so much with so little effort :>)
Warm hugs, Angela

Nancy said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos Barbara! Your snowman tree says love, and your flocked tree is just gorgeous. Don't you love this type of tree?

Your family photos are wonderful, and you can just see what a special man Gordon is. He looks so happy!

hazel said...

I love your trees Barbara especially the snowman one. Lovely photos of the family and my prayers are with you all. Glad you are enjoying your stitching more now the pressure has gone.

Hazel (UK)

Nancy said...

I tried to comment earlier, but lost my wireless connection. I don't have to tell you, I LOVE your snowman tree. I didn't put mine up this year, and really missed it.
The family photos are just great and it is so good that your son got home.

Brigitte said...

I love the pictures of the Christmas decoration in your gathering room and your snowmen tree. What a neat idea.

Thanks for sharing the family pictures with us, it's so nice to see a sticthing friend surrounded by their loved ones.

Nancy said...

There is an award for you on my blog today.

SimplyStitchingintheGarden said...

Hi Barbara, love your trees and your house is just lovely.

How nice that you had Gordon and Tammy home for the holidays. Gordon certainly looks like Wayne (though I am thinking he has your eyes)

Sweetie said...

Hi Barbara, This is my first visit to your blog. You have a lovely family. Your trees are wonderful. So nice - a gathering room.

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