Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Fun Family Times ~ Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and are having a wonderful new year.

Our family had a joyous Christmas and a great start to the new year.

We were able to spend two wonderful weeks with our family during the Christmas and New Year holidays. It was so fun to be together again. Our youngest son has been living with us since his return from serving a 2-year full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Arizona. I've shared photos from his mission here on my blog in the past. He's working full time right now but will start attending a local junior college next week, so he'll switch to working part time.

Our four oldest children have "left the nest" and are living out of town. Two are married and we now have one grandchild. During the week of Christmas, all five of our children, our son-in-law, daughter-in-law, and grandson, were staying at our home. It was awesome!

They started arriving on Friday and were all here by Saturday evening. Unfortunately, I came down with a cold or something on Saturday. So, I stayed upstairs a lot to avoid getting family members sick too. I went to the doctor on Tuesday and was prescribed antibiotics and I started to feel so much better. I tend to get sinus infections sometimes when I get colds. Anyway, I was able to spend time with the family after that. Thankfully, no one else caught my illness. 

We took family pictures on Monday, December 21st. It was our first professional family pictures since December 2011. Our photos were taken by Heather Taylor owner of Heather Taylor Photography. She did an amazing job and it was so fun working with her.

On Saturday, the day after Christmas, our son and daughter-in-law left to go spend a week with her family. And our son-in-law left for home on Sunday so he could go back to work on Monday. Our daughter, grandson and two of our sons who live out-of-town stayed with us for the full two weeks. On New Year's Eve our son-in-law joined us again. Our third youngest son has a girlfriend and she flew in to join us for a few days. It was great getting to spend time with her and getting to know her better.

It was so awesome spending time together as a family during those two weeks. We spent time playing games, eating yummy food, making gingerbread houses, watching home movies, walking along Christmas Tree Lane, visiting the zoo, laughing together and generally having fun. What could be better?

Here are a few photos from our fun family times together ~

Making gingerbread houses.

Our visit to the Fresno Chaffee Zoo.

Walking along Christmas Tree Lane in Fresno.

I'm so thankful we were able to spend time together as a family over the holidays. It sure was fun! I love my family so much!

I'll share more pictures from our visits to the zoo and Christmas Tree Lane in future posts.

Thanks for stopping by!

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