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Monday, January 3, 2022

Out with the old and in with the new

 Welcome & Happy New Year!

Sharing today a little of Christmas morning and a little of New Years Eve.

Joelle opening up one of her presents. - It was so cute because she would open the gift and then say,  "Oh Wow!"

Our family has had a "tradition" of having a Christmas breakfast together for as long as I can remember.  When my mom passed away in 2020 I wanted to continue the tradition even though she was gone and we were no longer having it at her place.   Instead we decided to meet at one of my nieces homes. - The first year we didn't have quite as many attend for various reasons.  This year was a little different.

Here is the group that gathered.  The photo is horrible but it was the best I could get. I converted it to black and white so it would show up better. - See the little object that my daughter is holding in the middle of the shot?

It's a Frying Pan ornament that I gave to my sister-in-law who is holding her hand.  It's in memory of my brother, Richard who passed away in May of 2021.  He was the family breakfast cook for many, many years.  Here is a photo of the actual ornament.  So while he was not with us physically he was still there in our hearts.

We all bring something now to the breakfast so no one person has to take it on and everyone seems to have a good time.  

Next up, New Years: - This year was a bit quieter and different.  For one thing it was dang COLD outside with a temp of only about 3-5 degrees and a foot of snow on the ground!

We still had our snacks/junk foods:

We usually set off fireworks but only did a few so Joelle could look at them through the window.

 There was the toast at Midnight and we blew our Party Horns

and headed off to bed!


  1. Sounds like you had a great Christmas and new year. Good for you. I ate some of the junk food. Yummy.

    Have a fabulous day and new year, Ida. ♥

  2. What a lovely gathering! I love your pine tree header, and the skillet ornament. I'm guessing breakfast would be both a sad and happy event.

  3. this is great news that you could still have the breakfast, though minus 2 loved ones. great idea to turn the photo black and white, it does show details better. cute ornmaent. never seen one like it. Joelle is so precious I hope the rest of this hear goes as well as you began

  4. I like your tradition of family breakfast. Love that ornament and what a wonderful way to keep your brothers memory.
    All the food for your New Years celebration looks good. I think I was asleep before 9pm. I never saw the ball drop.

  5. Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. ♥

  6. I am sorry you lost your brother so long. That ornament is a sweet way to remember him. Joelle is adorable.

  7. Sounds like a wonderful time as a family!

  8. Happy New Year to you and your family Ida; here's to health, happy and good fortune :) ♥♥

  9. Thanks for sharing this great Christmas with us !

  10. a sweet holiday picture ida, you will treasure it in years to come. everyone's christmas and new years plans were different or changed because of covid...again this year!!

    the ornament is a good idea, and so special!!

    we were in bed at 10 pm of new years eve, we could never stay awake so we don't try anymore!!

  11. Beautiful blog. Happy new year ��

  12. it's so sad when the holidays are over you just try to soak it all up ...we just came out of 3 day no power event due to a snow/ice storm. so i am just thankful for power, lights, water, heat ...all of it. i think we saved our food 'cause we flew it out in the snow and i think knock on wood all is well. guess we will see over time??! then they are calling for more tonight? we will see. i'm exhausted and i just don't know how folks do it? i love snow not ice. you visit when you can, i am thankful when you do, i know life gets in the way and that is just life. somehow there is never enough time, is there? u r appreciated here when u can make it. always. i think of all of the bloggy friends i have made over the years and so sad when folks leave and i truly think of them often ...wondering how they are? i just wish i could know. not being nosey, just truly curious. i'll never forget the one lady i just loved her, she was so fun, and she was in a car accident and passed away. that ripped my hearts to pieces, i mean i had never met her personally but this bloggy world has allowed us so much. keep in touch. all the best this 2022!! take care. ( ;

  13. Ida - I am always impressed when kids are grateful for gifts. It should be a given, but it's not! Well done! And sometimes traditions need to evolve with time - and it seems your family has accomplished that with style. Happy New Year!

  14. I am glad you are continuing traditions, and so good that everyone is pitching in. I hope you do have a good year ahead...

  15. I know you must really miss your brother Ida! What a special way to remember him! I loved your fun family picture! Joelle is just precious! I hope you're having a wonderful new year, always a delight to stop by and say hello!


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