Nov 27, 2009

Highlights of a busy month in pictures...


Before I move on to Christmas things, I want to document a little of my life between the buns in the past month by posting some photos of the highlights. With this post I will officially say "good-bye" to a wonderful autumn season. I have been blessed by reading many wonderful blogs and seeing beautiful pictures that many have posted. I am so thankful for this technology that offers the ability to join lives across the nation and even around the world. I'm also very grateful to those more techy than I who share their gifts so generously. A heart felt THANK YOU to all who have chosen to link your lives with mine in the blogosphere. You have blessed me more than you can know! This past month has been an extremely busy one, as you can see by these highlights!

Here are some cute trick-or-treaters that came to our house...


Even the OSU coach stopped by...

And we met some new neighbors...


My grandaughter Elylah loved being Sleeping Beauty...

And my grandson Ethan was a skeleton...


While I was busy passing out candy to all these sweet children, a familiar car pulled into my driveway! My other two grandchildren arrived from South Carolina to spend a long weekend with us! I was so excited to see my daughter-in-law, Ellie, grandson Deacon (Thing One) and grandson Owen (Thing Two)!!! Wasn't she brave to drive 10 hours with the two boys? My son Andy couldn't get away this time.


So, here's the bunch that keep me young, or at least young at heart!


From left: Deacon, Elylah, (both 3) daughter-in-law Joanna, son Sam holding Ethan, (just turning one) daughter-in-law Ellie holding Owen (who will be two in Jan.)

While the boys were here, there were plenty of nice days left to play outside in the backyard. This picture of Deacon is one of my favorites:

And you can always count on Owen to smile for the camera:


Ethan won't fit in the baby swing next spring!



How about some "fall ball" with Deacon?



Elylah would really rather play in the leaves!


Three little monkeys...


Two budding artists...




Lunch with Amma Stager



And a visit to GG's condo...


(Deacon and Owen with my mom and my hubby)

How awesome they have two great grandmas here in Ohio!


Pretty soon, I will be taking all my techy questions to Deacon...


or to Elylah...


Shortly after the kids returned to SC, I had a friend over to make cut out cookies...
She has cerebral palsey so it was a bit of a challenge...but we managed and had a great time.


But the real challenge came when my son and daughter-in-law went away on vacation for 5 days and 4 nights, and we kept the two kids. We played musical beds, and they ate ice cream for breakfast one day. (I know, I can't believe it either!)





We baked cookies for Pre-School...


Made Christmas ornaments with GG...



Generally played and made lots of messes...


And at the end of the five days I definitely needed some rest!

But...it was time to celebrate Ethan's first birthday...




We had the party at my house, and Joanna and her mom furnished all the (yummy homemade Asian) food. Here I am with the other Grandma as Ethan enjoys his cake.

A few days later, it was Elylah's Pre-School's Thanksgiving luncheon and program.

And then, last but not least, Thanksgiving Day was celebrated in the party room of my mom's condo this year. It was different, but it worked out well. There ended up being 26 family members present. Before dinner, my nephew Robby gave a devotion.

Then he had each of us come up one at a time to place a piece of fruit in the cornucopia and tell one thing we were thankful for.








We had an elegant dinner on one side of the big room...
and there was plenty of space for all kinds of activities on the other side.







It was really a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!


This morning we woke up to this beautiful scene from our front door:


Our first snowfall of the season...

Which makes it easier to say good-bye to a lovely fall and begin to focus on what is ahead. I can't wait to get decorated for Christmas!

13 comments:

Jamey said...

Wonderful photos...!!! :)

Wanda said...

Wonderful summary of family events Jacquelyn, you have a lovely family! Now it's on to Christmas activities!

Jacquelyn said...

Jamey the whole time I was trying to post the pictures I was thinking about you and how expert your photos are. One of these days I'd like to try to improve my photography. But at least I got some of the events documented. Thanks! (I LOVE that snow angel!)

Wanda, you also take the prize for your outstanding photography! Thanks for stopping by...I know we share that special joy of grandchildren!

Judy said...

Oh! GREAT post.

The LOVE just jumps right off the screen!

Shirley said...

With the exception of the snowfall, LOVED the review of your month!

smiles4u said...

What wonderful times! Great fun pictures that tell the stories of such love and fun and happy memories. Good for you Grandma!!!

Pat said...

Dear Jacquelyn, what a feast for my eyes and I opened your post this morning!
I loved ALL the pictures and your captions for each. What a great way to say goodbye to a lovely season and hello to the next.
I agree with Judy..the love just jumps off the screen!
Beautiful!
Hugs!

Jess said...

You are a Blessed woman indeed!
Praising God for HIS goodness to each of us.

I also adore the photo of Deacon playing with the golden leaves.
That brought autumn to my Floridian heart!

Hope you've had a nice weekend.
((HUGS))

Ellie said...

That was awesome! Thank-you so much for sharing all that. You had a great month. I'm so glad I got to share in some of the fun.

Sincerely,
Ellie

Jacquelyn said...

Thank you all dear friends! I appreciate your interest and I am so touched by all your comments. May we all go into the next season full of gratitude for our many blessings, and especially for the wonderful families that we have been blessed with!

Julie said...

Loved seeing the photos of your family...

What a wonderful time you've had...

I hope you are resting now...you deserve it!

Jacquelyn said...

Thanks Julie. Rest? LOL :)

Rebecca said...

How wise you were to take so many pictures! (Somehow, our days got away from us with very few pictures taken.) Your life WAS indeed full & beautiful.