Tuesday, December 22, 2015

A Very Merry Celebration

I know that I said I would be back yesterday....
but...
I needed a day to catch up with farm chores, laundry and errands
once our weekend guests departed on Monday.

We had a wonderful family celebration this past weekend...
a four generation celebration.
I count my blessings each and every day... ever thankful that I have such a big,
loving, fun-filled family that spans four generations (we had 16 adults, 4 children and 5 dogs).


Our huge dining room table has gradually become too small,
(with 16 adults around the table)...
and so this year we added a "kids" table.


Our menu included some family favorites (not the traditional Christmas meal, however)...
buttermilk fried chicken (the absolute best ever...we only eat it once a year!)
lasagne, all sorts of roasted vegetable sides, fruit salads, twice-baked stuffed potatoes,
with cookies, cheesecake, whiskey cake, and nut roll for dessert.

The day was filled with conversation,


 food, 


fun 



and games (we are a family who loves to play!),


(some absolutely amazing feats of athleticism were witnessed!)

There were quiet moments as well.



Miss Mackenzie was a bit under the weather with a cold.


Tyler was in his glory challenging and beating the adults in Wii games.


There were enough cameras to catch the important moments...
(Thanks Missy... I stole a few of your photos!)


By the end of the day we were stuffed and exhausted...
but all in agreement that it was the best Christmas celebration to date!

While we were partying inside,
the animals were outside making final preparations for their own party.
They spent quite a bit of time trying to decide upon what to wear...
and lots of animal laughter ensued...



To be continued.....

10 comments:

GeorgiaHoneyBee said...

I thought you meant you'd be back the 28th!! So happy you are back early. :-) When your posting ideas start to run out, please post your recipes for your chicken and whiskey cake. Merry Christmas!
Rebekah

Deb said...

Great photos, Bev. Looks like a very happy Christmas at your home. Deb

Country Gal said...

What a awesome post and photos ! Oh my how much little Mackenzie has grown , hope she gets over that cold soon ! Glad you all have a wonderful day together and the foods sound soo YUMMY ! Thanks for sharing , Have a very Merry Christmas , hope Santa paws gives the animals lots of treats and Santa is good to you all .

Missy George said...

You are more than welcome. Thanks for a fun filled day. Lots of work for you but lots of appreciation from and memories for everyone. I think you covered just about everything. The merriest of Christmas's to you and Hubs! I know the new year brings lots of changes and I hope it's all good. Xoxo

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Looks like a good time was had by all!

colleen said...

Looks like you had food an fun overload!! If I could only choose one photo to like it would be the dining room table..you always have it looking so perfect.
Feel better soon little Mackenzie.

colleen said...

Looks like you had food an fun overload!! If I could only choose one photo to like it would be the dining room table..you always have it looking so perfect.
Feel better soon little Mackenzie.

Anke said...

Looks like a wonderful day celebrating with family!! Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

Laura Franken Sudderth said...

I love these photos! Family and health are the two most important things in my life. Looks like you all had a wonderful time together. Thank you for sharing.

Diane C said...

Just loving all the pictures from your big weekend! Can't wait to see more. What a fun group of people and that baby just keeps getting cuter and cuter! Merry Christmas Bev, to you and all your family!

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