Monday, December 9, 2013

Sunday On The Farm

It's mid-morning Sunday.
Snow is falling.


Inside, the lights on the tree twinkle,


as the familiar notes of "Sleighride" fill the air,
just above the sound of a crackling fire.


In the dining room,
gathered around the big farm table are Hubbs, me, Dr. Becky, Amanda
and 8 of her college soccer teammates (plus one boyfriend).


The girls prepared omelets and butternut squash pancakes
while Hubbs and I were outside tending to animal chores.




What a warm and inviting scene to return home to on a Sunday morning.
(Note that even Maddie had a place at the table!)


These gals get together for a cookie exchange weekend each Christmas...
some driving from Boston, Connecticut and Maryland to join in the festivities.

This year it was a girls' getaway weekend here on the farm.
(Over half of them are married, and one with a baby!)
Saturday was filled with fun, food, and farm animals.


Of course the animals benefit from the festivities,


as extra doses of lovin' are distributed,


not to mention extra treats of Ritz!

Cookies were eaten


and exchanged...


and the house was filled with laughter.

Not long after Farm Breakfast, Sunday, everyone headed back home...
hoping to avoid the snow.

It's simple times like these...filled with friends and food and fellowship
that bring special meaning to the holiday season.
We were blessed to enjoy the visits of such a lovely group of gals!

14 comments:

  1. Looks like everyone had a lovely time. And I'll bet the critters loved the extra attention! Your home looks so cozy.

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    1. Thank you...yes it is very cozy and warm. The animals always love when we have company!!!

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  2. Looks like all had a lovely time ! Wonderful photos ! The weather here is a mix of all sorts and a mess .Thanks for sharing ! Have a good day !

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    1. Yes, we've had snow and now ice. This morning it was sliiiippppperrrrry!!!

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  3. your decorations are wonderful. what a fun tradition for the girls! we dodged the ice bullet!

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    1. Oh, we woke up to quite a bit of ice this morning. Quite lovely, but a little treacherous!

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  4. Sounds like a wonderful weekend. It was good to see Maddie sitting there, enjoying the company.

    Julia

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    1. Ole Maddie is hanging in there. The steroids seem to have helped immensely!

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  5. What a fun weekend! So that was the laughter I heard all the way to the west coast, yesterday!! Your home looks so lovely and inviting. I sure each and every girl went home with memories and of course the animals had memories of there own, company!!!

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  6. AND...They are blessed to have such a lovely, warm and hospitable place to get together..Great memories

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  7. Hello friend. I have missed my visits to the farm. I have been awfully busy at home. Some days, not ever even turning my computer on. This post was so wonderful, and reminded me of when our girls were young. All three of our kids were high school athletes, and we have hosted more team meals here than I could ever count. It was always such a fun time. Our house was always a gathering spot. In high school, my oldest daughter lost her boyfriend in a terrible car accident. Our house immediately filled up with a couple hundred teenagers and their parents, who all gathered here to grieve and support one another. But of course there were far more happy gatherings. I don't know why I recalled that one? But I loved that our house was always a gathering place for the young people.
    XO Kris

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  8. Also a please to stop by and visit here. : )
    I love your fireplace! Beautiful tree.

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  9. What a wonderful way to enjoy friendship. Love, love it!

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  10. Love your tree and love your genuine hospitality even more!

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