Saturday, December 26, 2015

Merry Christmas And Happy New Year!

It has been a busy, but happy Holiday for us! We spend the weekend before Christmas in Sparta, MI at my youngest brother's house. We had such fun. This was the healthiest I have felt in a long time too! Below is a picture of those of us able to attend the family festivities!

Family Christmas 2015. I am in the back row with the gray striped sweather, blond hair. My daughter are right in front of me on the end of the sofa
I made dessert for this gathering - 6 apple pies from scratch! 

One of the 6 Apple Pies I made! They were delicious! 
On Christmas Day, it was just me and my daughters. We got up, looked to see what "Santa" left us in our Christmas stockings and then opened the presents we got each other. My daughters got me a camera accessory package with lens filters, macro lens, wide ange lens and a fisheye lens and more! They also got me a beautiful cardigan! We spend the rest of the day playing games and fixed a nice dinner! And even though I was feeling a bit under the weather, we had a great time together.

I hope everyone had a blessed Christmas and will have a great 2016! I look forward to sharing more dolly stuff with my new camera accessories!

BTW, my giveaway will begin right after the first of the year!


42 comments:

  1. You all look very happy on this picture, glad to read you had such a great time! Nice to see you and your girls too :-). The apple pie looks so delicious! The camera accessories will be awesome to use I think, a great gift! Wishing you and your family a beautiful new year, and you personally lots of doll fun!

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    1. We did have a wonderful time with family and all of the food was great! I am trying to figure out how to use all of the camera accessories. I might just start taking pictures with them and experiment a little. Hope your Christmas was wonderful and best wishes for a happy New Year!

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  2. What a very lovely family you have there, Phyllis. You are truly blessed. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a healthy, happy New Year.

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    1. Thank you, April! And, yes, I am truly blessed. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and also a very, very happy New Year!

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  3. Merry Christmas, Phyllis...what a bunch of beautiful smiling faces! It's so nice to finally "see you". :) Your daughters are so cute and look very cozy together on the couch. I'm so happy you had a nice Christmas..macro lenses seem like they would be great for doll photography!

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    1. Thank you, Farrah Lily! There are 3 generations of us represented in this photo! I just love being with family. While we don't all see eye to eye on everything, one thing is clear -- we do love each other! Hope your Christmas was happy and that you and yours have a wonderful New Year! Enjoy your little girls -- they grow up way too fast!

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  4. Such a wonderful looking group! I wish every one of them the best in 2016!

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    1. Thank you, Grandmommy and I wish the same to you and yours!

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  5. Wspaniała, szczęśliwa Rodzina! Miło zobaczyć Ciebie i Twoje córki! Serdecznie Was pozdrawiam!
    Ciasto musiało być pyszne! Z niecierpliwością czekam na zdjęcia lalek, wykonane nowym sprzętem :-)
    Serdeczności!

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    1. Aww, thanks Olla! The pies were a big hit. Can't wait to start experimenting with these new lens filters, etc.!

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  6. What a big family you have, such smiling faces! I hope you all had a Merry Christmas!

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    1. And this isn't all of us! There were a few missing as they live far from us and are not able to make it too all of the holiday celebrations, but we do our best to get as many there as is possible! We did have a wonderful Christmas. I wish the same to you and yours, Lisa!

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  7. Great picture, Phyllis! Nothing like spending the holidays with family! Merry Christmas, hope 2016 brings you health and happiness!

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    1. Thank you, Chris and I wish the same to you and yours!

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  8. What a lovely Christmas picture! That's what the holidays are all about, family. Your pie looks delicious. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Vanessa, I didn't get much doll time as I was a baking dynamo. I had quite the assembly line going with all of the pies and the house smelled wonderful wiht the baking apple pies! With my new camera gear, I hope to get more creative with photos in the coming year. I wish for you the best New Year!

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  9. Six apple pies! You terrify me, in a good way.

    Sounds like you have a lovely Christmas, looking forward to what you have to share in the new year!

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    1. Haha, it was kind of scary, but once I got going, I had quite the pie making assemble line going! I hope your Christmas was just as lovely and I wish for you and yours and wonderful new year. I also look forward to seeing more from you in the year to come!

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  10. Phyllis, I don't even eat apple pie, but that one is tempting me. It does look delicious. Happy Holidays! Glad you could enjoy it with your family.

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    1. Thank you so much! We all had a wonderful time! The pie was really good and I felt good making them. It has been a long time since I have felt up to doing any baking from scratch.

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  11. Beautiful family picture! It is nice to see family gatherings. Happy Hoildays to you and your daily!! P.S. I keep looking at your pie, it looks too pretty to eat, but delicious at the same time. :-)

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    1. Even as we age, it is so much fun to get together as a family! I love seeing all the new little kids - there were 3 generations represented at this gathering! I agree about the pie - I was pretty proud of them!

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  12. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you, Phyllis. You sound like you had a wonderful time with your family - both extended and close. Your pies look delicious and your camera accessories sound like a great gift - I'm sure we will see some of the end results of their use here.

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    1. Same to you! I am excited about the upcoming year and about what new photos I will be able to take with the new camera accessories!

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  13. What a lovely group shot! Your Christmas gift sounds terrific. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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    1. Same to you Jewell! It was a great time and I loved being able to spend time with my family!

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  14. Happy Holidays Phyllis!!! What a wonderful family!

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    1. Thanks, Billa! 2016 looks like it will be a better year for me!

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  15. Sounds like you had a great time! Hope the New Year party will be just as nice and Ițm very excited about the upcoming giveaway :)

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    1. Thank you! I am glad you are looking forward to the upcoming give away! Hope to see more of you too in 2016!

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  16. I know you had a great time! I know the new year will continue to bring you many blessings!

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  17. Your apple pies were amazing! Our bunch made short work of them. Ned did get a piece, though. Happy New Year dear Sis!! Love to your beautiful girls...

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    1. Glad they enjoyed them! See you this summer.

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  18. Looks like a nice pie!

    Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks and Happy New year to you too!

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  20. Hi Phyllis lovely pict arround family,hope you all have a blessed year.
    I love apple pies,you made me hungry now jajaja
    xx

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  21. Aww family pics are really heart-warming.. Glad you had a great holidays season with the loved ones, Phyllis =)

    Geez, for a moment I thought the apply pie was a really well-made miniature I enjoy seeing from my fave Etsy shops =) I bet it was super delicious because it shows! I wanted to learn making apple pies for year but I just don't give time. Hopefully this year, I'll start setting some time. Hugs!

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  22. Hi Phyllis,
    I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for a Liebster Award on my blog today if you are interested! Hope you have a good weekend. :)

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