Thursday, January 07, 2010

"52 Weeks"~~~~Week 20 of 52

Forever In Blue Jeans

Carin over at "Forever in Blue Jeans" has been hosting "52 Weeks" for the past year. She has started a new theme called "Shoot Me" with the same premise which is for us moms to be in the picture(s) on a weekly basis and post about it. I'm still working on the former theme and encourage you to come along and give it a try.

I have yet to post about our trip to Germany and Austria, although I have mentioned it on several occasions and have even included a photo or two.

Melanie and I were really, really cold, but we enjoyed having our picture taken while in Rattenberg, Austria. We all went to see this little village that is transformed for the Advent season every year. People come from all around to visit this quaint town where there are singers, performers, and great little shops to buy Bavarian clothing or maybe even a cuckoo clock. It all depends on what you're after.

Braaten and I were having a sweet cuddle on Daddy's leather rocker. It's easy to fall asleep in that chair.

Just before Christmas my mom's sister, my Aunt Judy, came for a visit. My mom's cousin, Betsy, whom I lovingly call Aunt Betsy, was with her. We shared such a lovely time together for the 8 or 9 days that they were here. We enjoyed serving them and just spending time together.

My Aunt Judy was always there for all of us. She spent lots of time with our family. She and my mom were best friends, at least the way I saw it. They were always very close and shared sister secrets. I'm sure my mom, being a mother of 7, received much support from Aunt Judy. She was and still is our fun aunt. She does cooky things and you just have to laugh. She and I re-bonded since I haven't spent much time with her over the past 15 + years. I went away to college in 1988 all the way in Davenport, Iowa and have been away ever since. Needless to say, I will always cherish the time the Lord provided for us recently.

This is Aunt Betsy. My grandmother and her mom were sisters. She is one of 8 siblings. I don't know them very well as they lived in Pennsylvania while we lived in NJ. They were all busy raising their families as was my mom was busy raising all of us. Mom would refer to her cousins often and loved her Aunt Lou very much.

My beautiful Melanie

Since we got so much snow the other day, we have been taking lots of pictures. It might just be for proof that northwest England actually can and does get snow even if only once ever 30 years or so. Actually, there are parts of England that regularly get snow, it just doesn't happen in Lymm, England very often. It is so rare that the schools have been closed for 3 consecutive days and some might just finish off the week that way. My hubby was even asked to work from home for today and tomorrow just so they can clear out the parking lot. Doesn't that seem funny?

My beautiful Braaten. She turns 12 tomorrow.


Lois Lane II said...

Okay, I don't think I can complain about how cold I am now after seeing your pics, lol!!!

He & Me + 3 said...

Those are all great shots. Wow you got in the pictuers alot over the last few weeks. What fun and I love your scarf. YOu always look so nice.

Andrea said...

Love your pictures! Love the beautiful smiles on your faces.

Carin said...

Those are such wonderful pictures. Looks like you had such a great time. I really like your hat in that first picture, you look so wonderful. Those last two are great pictures too. yeah for pretty snow.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure you had a wonderful time! Love your pictures!

Robyn said...

Wonderful pictures and fond memory's

Darcie said...

Way to get in the picture this week Carol!

Funny how our husbands have "their" chair...but so glad they share it for those special cuddle times.

Erin said...

Happy Birthday to Braaten. You got in tons of pictures this week...they all look wonderful and make me want it to snow here again! (Loved the story about your Aunt Judy...thanks for sharing.)

Joyce said...

I love the snow pretty.

Happy Birthday to your sweet daughter!

Marice said...

wow those are great photos of you and your family! :) love the one with the snow as the background!

u may view mine here

Heart2Heart said...


WOW first snow in 30 some years, that is a reason to take a few days off from work, take a few more pictures and just enjoy the beauty that God has blessed you all with!

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

chubskulit said...

Oh so bundled up and cozy. Stay warm.

Sharing our New Year's celebration

☼¨`*•.♥Rocío♥.•*¨`☼ said...

Beautiful Smiles!
Beautiful People!!

Denise said...

Hi there Carol,
visiting for the first time from a link on Mikki's blog, just wanted to say hi. I see you're in England and getting that lovely snow ;) I know it's not much fun for some, I grew up in the North East of England but now live in Texas, all my family are still over there and they got 6 inches yesterday too. I miss it sometimes. Love all the pics you post on your blog. Hope to come back soon and read more.

Catherine Anne said...

Great photos! You do have a beautiful smile! I also love the scarf!!!

The J's said...

Beautiful photos!