Friday, December 31, 2010

Christmas in Pictures

I was busy this month with the holidays and preparing for our trip east for Christmas...and now it's already New Year's Eve.

Here's a recap of our month...
 Oscar and Ruby visit with Santa. (Ruby's one wish - a candy cane. She'd never had one)

 Christmas tree tied to the top of our old wagon. (In our version of the punch-buggy game Ford Taurus wagons are worth 10 points.) Abe is dressed for baseball tryouts later that day.
 Reading Christmas stories in bed. (And yes, it's so cold in our house that some of us wear ski hats to bed)
Oscar with his "First Christmas" ornament
 Abe wears the Santa hat all over town and even to bed. Perfect for tree decorating.
 Ruby's year to put the star on top
School ice skating trip -- both Oscar and Ruby spent as much time on the ice as possible. Oscar didn't want me to take this picture, he told me later, because his friends were watching, and "it isn't cool for 10 year olds to take pictures with their moms".

Watering the Christmas tree with a tea pot.*

Ruby writing her letter to Santa.* 
 Candy cane at the top of the list.*
 Walking on a frozen pond in Pennsylvania
 On the way to Philadelphia with cousins.

Cousins lined up, watching for the train.

 Christmas Eve at my parent's house.

 Ruby gives Abe a present

Oscar opening a present containing some more of the animals he collects. (He must have hundreds of these now...a clear example of "enough is never enough" in PWS, but they make him SO happy, and hey, it's not food!)

Abe excited about a gift

Oscar and cousin A. relaxing with A's dog Penny  

A blizzard with over two feet of snow in NJ! Abe was thrilled and played in the snow for hours and  hours

Ruby and cousin A jump aboard the sled

Oscar throws a snowball at Paul -- he thought he was so sneaky
Oscar walking Penny the day after the blizzard. He giggled and jogged along.
(Maybe a dog isn't such a bad idea?)

Ruby built a snowman with Grandpa

And Abe dug a tunnel (with cousin A and Grandpa)

We had a great trip, relaxing for a few days with each of our families. Thankfully the snow didn't affect our travel and we are home again now enjoying the last few free days before school and work and all those other responsibilities start up again.  

Wishing you all a Happy Happy New Year!!

* photos by M. Roark
Grandpa took most of the snow photos and many others too!


  1. What a wonderful montage of photos of your vacation. I stopped and looked at each one, seeing much joy and so much beauty. Love to all, particularly you and a happy new year!

  2. hope u have a great 2011 look foward to reading more next year

  3. It looks as if you had a wonderful vacation - I'm so happy for you and the whole family. Talk about a white Christmas! Your family is BEAUTIFUL.

    Thank you for your kind words about Allegra. The reason you can't find her blog anymore is that she took it private.

  4. Looks like a wonderful holiday--wishing you joy in the new year!

  5. Such beautiful family photos! Happy New Year to you and your family! Wishing you all love, good health and happiness!

  6. Looks like a fun the Hanna Jammies.

  7. Best Santa letter ever. :) Gotta love a girl who loves her jewels, along with fairies and candy canes.

  8. I'm so happy that you posted these! What a lovely family and a wonderful trip. Happy, happy new year! I do hope I get to see you in person this year!

  9. Thanks, everyone, for the comments and wishes! The new year is off to a little bit of a rocky start (for me) and it really means so much to have such a supportive blogging community out there. Thanks and love to all of you.

  10. Hey Mary,

    Enjoyed catching up with your family just now. Hopefully, we'll see each other for dinner in Feb.


  11. It looks like such a wonderful Christmas!! I love the pictures!!

    If you get the chance, and you don't mind, could you share with me what you follow food security wise - is there a book that you recommend or something of the sort?? I am starting to see that I need to have these things in place sooner than later for all of our benefit and would love some guidance if you get the chance!! Thanks so much!!!