Thursday, December 30, 2010

Scenes from Christmas...

Me, Eamonn, (my youngest) and Santa who we found just waiting for us at our favorite breakfast spot!


Beautiful Amira with Santa


Santa, Eamonn, Papa and pretty Rayne


The living room decorated for a festive holiday!


Can you tell I love RED!!!

...and I love to bake...These are Lemon Poppyseed Muffins with lemon glaze...Yum!



Several batches of these delicious holiday sugar cookies were baked up by the kids.  I think they did an amazing job too!





My oldest daughter, Brittany, (above) and the two little boys and I made this fun gingerbread house.  I got it from Costco and LOVED it as the house was already constructed, something I have such a hard time doing!  We just had to decorate it, and that is the fun part!

What a wonderful holiday this was for my family. We feel so very blessed! I hope you all enjoyed a relaxing, love-filled holiday with your family. I looked out at these seven children as they tear into their gifts Christmas morning, and I realize there is no comparison to the joy my family brings me. Craig and I are so rich in this regard. No matter what happens, my children soothe me, challenge me, feed my soul, and inspire me on a daily basis to be a better person and a better Mother.

Wishing you all a wonderful New Year! 

Smiles,

Julia

12 comments:

outdoor.mom said...

thanks for your encouragement!! 365 days of sit ups and abd work it is :-) i love your Christmas pictures and the muffins look yummy!! looks like you had a wonderful holiday!!

Jg. for FatScribe said...

Julia -- i've always loved what you've sketched (and been so jealous), but what you craft in your "real" world is equally impressive. thank you for sharing such wonderful pictures of your home and family (with a captured Father Christmas as well -- I hear they're dangerous). Beautiful family, girl. Here's wishing you a wonderful 2011 ... and thank you for putting such effort into your amazing and inspiring blog with your artistry and writing. Ciao! - Jg.

WrightStuff said...

That's a very impressive gingerbread house you've got there. We made our first this year (it didn't qutie look like that!!). I'm very hungry now after reading this post... Mmmmm cake....

Kristin Dudish said...

Looks (and sounds) like a wonderful Christmas :)

Wishing you a Fabulous New Year... I look forward to seeing your beautiful creations in 2011!

xo
Kristin

Relyn said...

I was stopping by because I wanted to wish you a happy new year and thank you for being a follower of my blog. It means a lot to me. Thank you. May your new year be filled with laughter, more joy than sorrow, peace, and wisdom. Blessings to you. Happy new year!

Sioux Roslawski said...

Julia---What a lovely family you have. Enjoy these years, in spite of the many directions you are pulled in. You will blink your eyes and they will all be grown.

Have a great rest of the holiday.

Ces said...

OOOOOOOHHHHH! SO LOVELY! I knew it! I knew it! I knew you live in a beautiful home. I just thought you did. These are wonderful photographs. Joy and happiness captured and shared with us. Thank you for making me smile this quiet morning. Peace, love to you my dearest Julia. May blessings be bestowed upon you and your family without end! Happy New Year! Tsup!

Ces said...

Oh I wish I had one of those muffins with my coffee right now.

lissa said...

looks like a lovely place to enjoy the holidays. and Amira looks like she's bigger than santa!

have a great and sweet new year!

Amalia K said...

Oooh..your blog looks NICE!

I'm so glad you had a marvelous holiday, Julia! You've captured so many lovely moments here...and the smiling faces of your children would turn some kids green with envy! Do you think you can still spare room for another one...like me? (^_^)

It's such a blessing to know you, definitely a highlight of 2010 for me! oxx

Bea said...

Happy New Year to you and yours. :)Bea

Tammie Lee said...

ah, such a lovely post. your family is beautiful and I can see the love you all share with one another. I enjoyed having a wee glimpse into your home and the things you love doing.

I wish you a year full of dreams come true. Happiest of times to you and yours!