Friday, December 21, 2018

Fly On The Wall During The Christmas Holiday

     Welcome to another edition of Fly On The Wall group blog postings, hosted by Karen of Baking In A Tornado. Today, four bloggers are welcoming you into their homes for a glimpse at what goes on behind closed doors.

     The fly buzzing around the Doyle house has witnessed a frenzy of holiday activity in preparation of Christmas Day. We've been shopping and baking and decorating like crazy, but more importantly, we've been spending time together in appreciation of who we are as a family.

     This year, Christmas is extra special with the addition of my second granddaughter. I was blessed to have my sweet Isabella, but now I am doubly blessed with angelic Alessandra....so much to be thankful for this holiday season!



     I've spent a few weekends baking with my family (and making a sugary mess of things):



     Got in some Christmas shopping and lunch with my oldest daughter. She brought Alessandra, who passed her first shopping excursion with flying colors!



     We did quite a bit of decorating----no small feat with the 23 large containers of holiday items that I had stored in the attic:


     And then there was one particularly poignant moment when I took a break from cookie baking to watch my oldest granddaughter playing in the backyard garden. She was wearing one of her mother's old dresses and when she stood under our arbor, I had to catch my breath. It was as if I was looking into a crystal ball, and there was my Izzy, twenty years from now on her wedding day. My eyes blurred with tears as I said a little prayer of thanks for the gift that is my granddaughters.




     Family is everything to me, and the people in these photos are the reason for my joy during the holiday season. They are my sanity when life becomes messy, and my heart when I feel their love surround me.







     From our house to yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas, a peaceful holiday season, and a happy New Year. See you in 2019!




Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

Baking In A Tornado                  https://www.BakingInATornado.com
Menopausal Mother                    http://www.menopausalmom.com/
Never Ever Give Up Hope           https://batteredhope.blogspot.com
Spatulas on Parade                   https://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com
 

20 comments:

  1. Marcia you have such a beautiful family and I love reading all about them and watching the fun you have. Enjoy that new grandbaby, she is a precious little thing.

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  2. Your growing family is beautiful. You have a lot to be thankful for this year, hope next year is a good one as well. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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    1. Thank you so much! We are really looking forward to 2019!

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  3. Merry Christmas, Marcia! what a beautiful post. Your granddaughters are utterly gorgeous (like you). See you in 2019. As always, I look forward to your writing in the New Year. Cheers xo

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    1. You're so sweet---thank you! I'm in love with those girls so much. Merry Christmas, Lisa!

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  4. Loved seeing the love shine through in this post, Marcia. May you have all the blessing of the season added to your table.

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    1. Thank you, Roy. I hope you have a lovely holiday season as well!

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  5. Awh - so sweet! Congrats on your beautiful grandbaby! What a sweet picture of your other granddaughter playing dress-up. Beautiful decorations! Enjoy the holidays!

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  6. Such an uplifting post full of love, may your Christmas be full of wonder and joy and with love and appreciation

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    1. Thank you---I hope you had a lovely holiday as well.

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  7. Absolutely nothing more precious than family! And FAMILY is why I love this season, too!
    I am in awe of your decorating. Someday, I want to be just like you! ;)

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    1. Maybe next year you can fly down and help me do the tree, LOL.

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  8. Wonderful photos of a beautiful family, Marcia! I've signed up to get your blog by email. So glad to get to know you in the days to come.
    Blessings for a Merry Christmas!

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  9. The pictures of your grand daughters are absolutely stunning. Both of them are beautiful. Of course, you will not spoil them, right?

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