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The Family Christmas Picture

Family By December 22, 2016 Tags: , , No Comments

How can taking a simple family photo be such an ordeal?  All I wanted was to snap a quick picture to include in my Christmas cards.  Of course, in order to do that you have to get everyone’s cooperation!

My oldest son has never liked (or been agreeable to) getting his picture taken.  As you can see, he is the one with his tongue sticking out.  You would think he was 6 years old, instead of a successful, well-respected manager and engineer with two children. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. My oldest granddaughter also won’t cooperate getting her picture taken.  And, despite the fact that the youngest granddaughter has a great smile, she will only scowl in a staged setting. Sigh….it just shouldn’t be this hard!

After much coaxing and the promise of treats, my son got his tongue back in his mouth, the girls stop crying and agreed to face the camera.  However, I guess actual smiling comes at a higher price!  Next year I need to plan ahead…maybe the promise of a pony?!!!

Have a wonderful holiday!!!



The Thankful Banner

Family By November 28, 2015 Tags: , , , , , 2 Comments

resize-bannerIt’s been more than 25 years since I designed and constructed a 6 foot long, blue felt Thankful Banner for my family.  The goal was to put the items we were thankful for on it, in picture form, so my young children could understand it.  I hang it up every year around this time.  It stays up pasts Christmas, therefore it gets packed away with the holiday decorations.  If I am slow to pull out the Christmas decorations, then the banner is delayed in getting put up (meaning after Thanksgiving).  My two boys are both grown, but they expect to see it hanging on the wall.  I guess it is tradition and a part of their childhood.  When my son got married he noticed when I added his new wife to the banner.  Several years later, my daughter-in-law noticed when I added our first granddaughter to the banner.  This year we have a new addition to our family and I will be adding a second granddaughter to the things we are Thankful for.


Being thankful is powerful; it can remove a sour attitude, give you an appreciation for life or stir up a sense of hope and peace. It can chase the doldrums away and provide renewed energy. Our family banner is full, but simple. A pepperoni pizza represents food and musical notes represent singing.  Our banner has a hot air balloon on it because they are cool and we used to live in the hot air balloon capital of the world – Albuquerque.

Even in the worst of times, there is always something to be thankful for.


What are you thankful for?

This post is linked to The Grand Social over at Grandma’s Briefs, Treasure Box Tuesdays at Memories by the Mile and Creative Muster at Fluster Buster