Friday, December 26, 2008

CHRISTMAS 2008

Christmas in Virginia 2008






After we decorated the exterior of our house and hung the wreath on the door, we began on the inside! We trimmed both trees the larger tree in the familyroom ....

The smaller for the livingroom and dining area....


We attended Ian's Christmas concert and actually won a poinsetta! Good thing I took a picture of this lovely specimen...it was short lived ...long story and the Christmas plant didn't come to live with us. Just as well, the boys didn't smile for the picture!

We began our loving task of baking! Arrick made monkey bread for a gathering we attended! We brought home an empty platter! We baked breads and cookies and dipped pretzels to give to dear friends and neighbors!

Arrick's Monkey Bread

Lemon bread...yummmmy stuff!

We attended some Christmas Parties..one of which was a Tacky Christmas Sweater party. Ian opted for a Horrible Chanukah Sweater and won in his very own category!! Way to go Ian!

Christmas Eve in Williamsburg



Every Christmas Eve we make the trip to Williamsburg for the candlelite Caroling and to take in the traditional colonial deocorations. Each year, I'm amazed at how lovely the decorations are and how clever those colonists were/are in using what they had available to use!



okay so it's a little blury. I think I need to get a better camera...this point and shoot camera sometimes just doesn't cut it!


This year friends of ours wanted to join us on our traditional trip to Williamsburg. The Oman family have been friends of ours since Arrick was in the 3rd grade. Their boys are the same year as ours in school. Additionally, Arrick's friend Anna joined us on our Christmas Eve festivities!


They are a serious group. I had to encourage them to relax and cut loose for a festive picture!!
One of the door frames decorated in Williamsburg.
See, I know this isn't centered...there's a reason. There was this woman having her picture taken and it would have been impolite to ask her to move her butt, it was Christmas Eve! Sure I could have waited...but I was losing light...deal with it.


This wreath was on the windows of the tavern in Williamsburg~ clever how they used the pipes and tabacco!


I hadn't seen a wreath like this one up there before! Newbies to the colonies?


A colonist questioning the boys about their unusual hats! I think he was jealous!


This year there were a few more people in Williamsburg. The weather was warmer and people were out enjoying the quiet, peaceful company of one another. There is no hustle or bustle and everyone is enjoying their hot apple cider and ginger cakes relaxing.

After dark and just before the tale of the first Christmas Tree in Williamsburg and candle light caroling, The Fife and Drum Corp parade up and down the main street with their torch bearers lighting their way!



Enjoying the last moments before we head to our separate cars!!


Each Christmas Eve the boys open one christmas present...usually, you guessed it! Christmas pajamas!! Yup, I know, they are 18 and 15....but they still get pj's!!
Arrick in his guitar Hero pjs....yes, he's addicted to the playstation...we're going to put him into a 12 step program while he's on winter break!



That's Ian under that hair...in his Grinch pjs!







Sleepy from their adventure and walk in the cool air in Williamsburg the boys settle down and wait for Santa!! Viewer disecretion is advised:::::::::

Arrick has a sleep over every night with the dogs!



Ian sleeps like a mummy so the cat, Whiskers, wont nibble on his ears to get more food!






Arrick posing in his new hood....Christmas morning
Eva with her new Christmas toy....She sneaked in and dragged her stocking into the livingroom but wasn't successful in pulling the toy out of the stocking! The cat also dragged his stocking into the kitchen...his stocking had catnip in it. He was stoned most of Christmas!




Ian received a computer game for Christmas he had been drooling over for quite some time!! He was Thrilled...as the picture shows!! lol

From our home to yours, Merry Christmas everyone!!

1 comment:

Miz T. said...

It's about time you updated your blog! I've been watching, because I knew you would post some Williamsburg photo's. I'm quite surprised you didn't tell that woman to move her butt, but all your pictures came out fine. I love seeing the boys, and miss seeing John in the pictures. Please chase your boys down and give them Christmas hugs for me. Tell them if they don't let you do it I'll have to come down there and do it myself!
Hugs to all of you!
Lauri