Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas Morning - Before & After

I always love a picture of the tree when the stockings are stuffed and right before everyone wakes up and the chaos starts.

My first cup of coffee and the peace and tranquility of early Christmas morning.  Just me and the tree.  Everyone else is asleep.

We had a wonderful Christmas Eve at my daugher's house with most of the family there. 12 in all, we have a pretty big family.   I know, I took my camera and was so busy visiting with grands that were home from out of state and didn't take one single picture.  We had a fabulous evening and tons of good food, laughs, memories and presents were exchanged.

Round #1
My youngest son and his family called in sick Christmas morning, so we did presents with my oldest son, hubby and I.   We managed to make a pretty good mess all by ourselves.

The guys got tools, electronics and clothes.  I got spoiled as usual with something fun for the house.

How fun is this going to be to play with.

Presents and stockings back under the tree for when my son and his family get well.

Round #2 - Saturday Night

My youngest son and all the grands came with presents for the next round. 10 for dinner with a fabulous Prime Rib -  So fun.

It's always so fun to watch the newest addition to the family.  Since all the guys play, of course he got his first guitar from grandpa.  Looks a little big, but actually it is a 1/2 size, perfect to learn on.

Then there is always some serious talking and eating going on with Papa.

I got most of the mess picked up before I thought to get a picture.

Since they brought 14 guitars, we ended with a jam session.  I didn't get a pic of that, it was my turn to play with the baby, so I was busy.

Hope your Christmas was as fabulous as ours.

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  1. I love that there were no pictures at certain times Marty! It means that you gave your loved ones the gift of being present. :)

  2. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Marty. Thanks for the great year of parties and ideas, Sandi

  3. Merry Christmas, Marty! So happy you had a wonderful time with your loved ones. That jam session was probably amazing. Hugs!

  4. Your home is so lovely, Marty! Looks like you had a fantastic Christmas!

  5. Wow, family and lots of music! Sounds like a glorious time!

  6. What a nice Christmas, Marty! That's when you know you're having a fantastic time - taking photos is all but forgotten! So sweet!

  7. Do you know, I don't have a SINGLE photo of our Christmas!!! We get so involved, we totally forget about it! Glad you had a good Christmas. Wishing you a wonderful New Year!

  8. Glad you had such a wonderful family Christmas, Marty! Happy New Year!

    Warm hugs,

  9. Looks like a fabulous Christmas for you, Marty. I love that moment of quiet contemplation too. Your gifts are fab - perfectly suited for you!

  10. Hello dear Marty,
    As you see, I am a bit in my hibernation in bloglandia. My manageral studies took all the time and my energy.

    I had so many good times in your blog without your knowledge (read this everyday). I am proud to be part of your friends worldwide and your keeping an eye on me, too ;-)Love it.

    So, 2015 is swishing away and b4 that, I want to wish you all the best of 2016 and of course our wishes is a happy and good health.

    Happy New Year to All and Everyone. GB

    Greetings & hugs from Stockholm, Sweden
    /Chie & my family

  11. Hello sweet Marty!
    What a beautiful Christmas you had with your dear family. The images of before the chaos as you perfectly put it are gorgeous of your lovely tree and pretty filled up stockings.
    Thanks for sharing it with us and Happy New Year 2016!

  12. Your home looks so much like mine! Busy, happy and fun! Merry Christmas a bit late, Marty!

    Jane x

  13. Glad you had such a wonderful Christmas. Lots of special time with your family. Now on to the new year. Wishing you many joys and blessing in the new year Marty.

  14. Looks like you had a fabulous Christmas, love the picture of the little one with Papa.. priceless. fondly ~lynne~

  15. I always take a picture of the before and after, too, Marty. I like the contrast! ;) We are musical here as well, guitars, basses, ukeleles, piano...and I love the sound of a house full of music. Merry, merry!

  16. Beautiful baby, and loved the stockings. Did you make any of them?.
    Have a safe and great New Year.

  17. So glad you had a good Christmas with your family!! Thanks for all your wonderful inspiring posts all year!! XO

  18. Love your furry Christmas gifts. Your Christmas d├ęcor looks beautiful. How fun to have so many guitarists in the family. And I know that spending time with that adorable little baby was so much fun. Happy New Year!