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Thursday, December 28, 2006

home from the holidays

best holiday wishes to all!

we had a fabulous christmas - drove up to jacksonville to visit my son and daughter-in-law. this spring they will be stationed in pensacola, and i will really miss jacksonville, especially the avondale area.

the day before we left i got a second wind, and dd and i baked up a storm.

my aunt millie's hazelnut crescents.

fudge filled toffee kisses, or as my ddil calls them - cookies on crack :->

apricot kolache, my czech grandmother's recipe.

magic cookie bars .

christmas morning time for presents!

look at what my friend terri made for me! a lovely smooth wooden swift. is she unbelievably talented or what! the swift spins as smooth as buttah :-) i love you terri!

bart likes his mountain colors bearfoot socks.

dd loves her new mittens and river scarf.

but i think she loves natalie the best!

tom is dapper in his new rowanspun aran sweater. it's rosemary's middle sweater from the green mountain spinnery book.

natalie put together a heartfelt collage for tom. it has a photo of tom and bart from bart's college graduation, a thank you poem, and a drawing of the P3-Orion, the plane bart flies, and the F4-Phantom, the plane tom flew when he was in the navy.
tom said he had to wipe the tears from his eyes, but being a manly man, he didn't want to blubber in public ;-)

tom is obsessed with osho the man constantly surprises me, luckily santa brought him plenty of osho books.

and a nice post osho nap.

my ddil, natalie, is a girl who really appreciates a handknit present. no wonder i love her so much!

koigu socks, toe up, picot edge.

seaweed scarf and mittens in sea ivory.

looking gorgeous in rogue! knit with jamieson's soft shetland in dragonfly discontinued color.

is there a girl in the world who wouldn't be thrilled to open a little blue box on christmas morning?

then dd totally surprised me.

look at this mother daughter book. she took photos of the two of us, from her babyhood through today, and added poems and quotes about mothers and daughters. the last page is a letter she wrote just for me.

they do not call me sap-mother for nothing. i could not stop crying, and i cried more with every page i turned. by the end there wasn't a dry eye in the house!

am i the luckiest mom in the world, or what!

my grand-dogs, aisling and earl.


Anonymous marti said...

what a great holiday you had. i almost started to sniff reading though it!

1:15 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

My goodness! Your family cup runneth over, as they say. What lovely gifts for what an obviously lovely group of people. You are 1 lucky gal.

1:54 PM  
Blogger Carole said...

The mother/daughter book is wonderful and so is everything else.

1:56 PM  
Blogger melanie said...

Wow, I'm verklempt. What an awsome gift from DD, straight from the heart. You're a wonderful mom.

3:48 PM  
Blogger Terri said...

Enjoyed reading and looking at all your pictures. Glad you had a nice holiday. What a good looking family sport'in all the beautiful hand knits.

4:34 PM  
Blogger June said...

You've had the nicest Christmas of all the holiday stories I've seen on the blogosphere. What a wonderful family you have!

5:03 PM  
Blogger Pumpkinmama said...

Sounds just wonderful, and what a sweet gift from your daughter!

5:40 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

What a great post, Vanessa! And what a wonderful gift from your daughter. Of course, reading about you crying made me tear up.

I have to also say that you have a singularly attractive family. All stylishly outfitted in gorgeous handknits too! :-)

9:18 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

You ARE a lucky mom, and a smart mom to appreciate that you are lucky. That's a wonderful holiday, with people doing what they should be doing for a change. Peace on earth, goodwill towards all.

9:44 PM  
Anonymous Kerry said...



11:50 PM  
Blogger e's knitting and spinning blog said...

Thank you for sharing:-) I always look forward to your Christmas pics. Lots of love and good knitting what more can you ask for!

8:11 AM  
Anonymous Annie said...

Wow! This post is just wonderful, Vanessa. All the handknit gifts are beautiful- as is your family. What a special Christmas you had. :)

10:00 AM  
Blogger Osho said...

Osho is one of the the most intelligent and courageous persons ever walked on Earth. He spoke nothing less than Truth and exposed all the policians and priests of the world. He was one man vs. all the world governments. Please say my hello to tom. Tom must also be an intelligent person.

1:02 PM  
Anonymous Anni said...

What a holiday you had, Vanessa - and the mother/daugther book was a wonderful idea

8:14 AM  
Blogger Joanne said...

Wow. I'm just saying what Kerry said. Oh, and the dogs are really cute. There, I've said something no one else said. It was are one lucky lady!

7:32 PM  
Anonymous Dipsy D. said...

I so enjoyed seeing all these great pics - it seems you've had such an amazing time! And the cookies look *so* yummy!
Happy New Year!

4:30 AM  
Blogger sillyewe said...

How beautiful!!!!!! What a wonderful book...and all of your knitting. Just beautiful!

9:08 AM  
Anonymous Barb said...

Wow what and wonderful Christmas collage. The knits fit wo well and there is such a variety. The cookies are so yummy. It is enough to make one cry those tears of joy! Happy New Years!

2:04 PM  

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