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I realize I haven't posted for a long time, though I have been leaving comments on my friends' feeds...

So a really quick happy post about how I spent my Christmas!

I live in Chicago. I have 3 daughters who live in Nashville, Tennessee (with 2 daughters ages 3 1/2 and 1); Heidelberg, Germany (with 1 daughter age 4 1/2); and Tacoma, Washington (no kids, but a cat) and they all have lovely husbands, as do I.

For my Christmas present to myself I flew all of us to Germany to spend Christmas with my daughter there. It was the first time all of us have been together in about 2  1/2 years.

It was so wonderful to be all together for a holiday! The little girls hit it off immediately and were insperable the whole 9 days we were there. And somehow my kids knew that I was quietly obsessing about how I was going to get a photo of all of us during the trip--who could I hand a camera to that would get all of us smiling at the same time? because the day we arrived they had hired a professional photographer to come to the house and take pictures as my Christmas present!

It was absolutely the perfect gift for me, and I thought I'd share the result, along with my other favorite 2 pictures from the trip: me with all 3 of my granddaughters, and the granddaughters wearing the flannel nightgowns that Aunt Adrienne (the one without kids) sewed for them all to wear to bed on Christmas Eve.

I hope these pictures make you smile as much as I do when I look at them  :)


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Jan. 7th, 2017 10:34 am (UTC)
That is adorable!! What a wonderful time you must have had but how difficult to leave them all to go back to normal after Christmas.

Love the nighgowns!

Happy New Year to you and your lovely family.

Jan. 7th, 2017 02:44 pm (UTC)
It was incredibly special to be all together!

I just found out, heartbreakingly though, that the 4 year old in Germany has cried herself to sleep every night since we left because she misses her cousins :(
Jan. 7th, 2017 02:12 pm (UTC)
Oh what a happy post 💕
Your grandkids are beautiful and their nighties are adorable. And to all be able to have a little holiday together❤

Thank you for sharing😍
Jan. 7th, 2017 02:45 pm (UTC)
Glad this post made you smile! We had the most wonderful time!
Jan. 7th, 2017 05:11 pm (UTC)
You have a beautiful family!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
Jan. 8th, 2017 02:07 am (UTC)
Thank you! It was a wonderful time!
Jan. 7th, 2017 08:27 pm (UTC)
What a gorgeous family you have!! Thanks for sharing this joy with us.
Jan. 8th, 2017 02:07 am (UTC)
Thank you! We had such a great time together!
Jan. 7th, 2017 10:32 pm (UTC)
What a lovely family.
Glad you had a good Christmas with them! :)
Jan. 8th, 2017 02:07 am (UTC)
Thank you! It was magical!
Jan. 8th, 2017 02:18 am (UTC)
WOW! What a lovely gift you gave everyone, and what lovely pics to remember it by. Beautiful family!!!
Jan. 8th, 2017 02:20 am (UTC)
That's the amusing part--everyone thought I did it for them but I did it very selfishly for me! :)
Jan. 8th, 2017 03:43 am (UTC)
Lovely pics of a beautiful family!!!

You certainly did have the best kind of Xmas, surrounded by your loved ones.
Jan. 8th, 2017 03:55 am (UTC)
It was so happy-making!
Jan. 8th, 2017 12:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for sharing this honey, what a wonderful time and gorgeous pictures. Merry everything and a happy 2017! ♥
Jan. 9th, 2017 04:04 am (UTC)
It was wonderful...Happy 2017 to you too!
Jan. 9th, 2017 02:01 am (UTC)
Lovely picture. What a great gift to you and your family. It's so nice that you were all able to get together after being separated for so long. It gets harder and harder to get together as a family as everyone ages and goes their separate ways. Good for you to making this time.
Jan. 9th, 2017 04:06 am (UTC)
It was magical...and I don't know when we will manage to do it again...but we will have these memories!
Jan. 9th, 2017 01:35 pm (UTC)
What beautiful pics, and such a magical holiday spent together! It looks like you made some very special memories :)
Jan. 9th, 2017 06:46 pm (UTC)
It really was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, the kids will never be this age again...and the little ones were so caught up in Christmas magic and playing with each other!
Jan. 10th, 2017 02:35 am (UTC)
I just adore the nightgown pix. It's just so sweet. I love the baby looking up like that at her older cousin.
Jan. 10th, 2017 04:18 am (UTC)
And Kira being caught in motion--that entire picture just captures their personalities! It's my favorite picture too!
Jan. 10th, 2017 07:26 pm (UTC)
What wonderful pictures. I'm particularly fond of the one of the kids in their flannels.
Jan. 10th, 2017 07:28 pm (UTC)
That's my favorite too--I think it shows their personalities really well!
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