A few days after Christmas, John and I traveled to New York to spend some time with our daughter, Jill, Brad and their children, Ryan, Brenna and Shaela.
Our 5 1/2-hour drive turned into an eight+ one but we finally made it safe and sound.
Raider is a great traveling companion except that he thinks he can only do potty in grass…
dry, green grass… let’s just say he spent way longer than usual outside.
seeing their new home
Raider (the Schnauzer) and Rudy (the Yorkie-poo) did very well together. Rudy was a gracious host.
From their appearance, Raider and Rudy look the same size. But Raider is a stocky and compact 20-pounds and Rudy is a fluffy, curly 12-pounder under lots of fur.
Raider is not agile and even has trouble doing steps. Rudy is light on his feet and bounces and dances like a feather.
We enjoyed sitting in as Brad led a Sunday School class and hearing Jill as she played her violin during Worship time at their church.
Afterwards, it was lots of giggles through lunch.
New Years Eve was spent playing, “Don’t Eat RUDY“, (their version of Don’t Eat CASHEW), eating delicious food Jill made and watching the sweet movie, Nanny McPhee.
All but one (youngin’) stayed awake to see the ball drop and welcome in 2013
Dear Brad and Jill
Jill and her parents
My Beloved and I
beginning another year together.
(pretty scarf and earrings are from Jill and family)
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Nice pictures. The scarf is very pretty. My favorite color.
Happy New Year to you and your wonderful family Lorraine.
This post is just wonderful. I really love your collages and the kids…wow..out of this world adorable!!
I hope you guys have the best year ever!!
Debbie Petras says
What a wonderful way to welcome the new year in; with family. I remember well days like that with the snow as I grew up on Long Island, NY. But their home looked nice and warm as it was so obviously filled with love.
Happy New Year Lorraine!
Blessings and love,
Just a little something from Judy says
I like how you documented the trip for us and how happy the smiles were on the little one's faces. You can see they love you so much. Truly beautiful pictures! What precious memories you are will have of the New Year's Eve celebration.
~ Liz ~ says
I love seeing your sweet family moments. Looks like you all had a great time together. The dogs posing together made me smile.
Maggie Ann says
I'm glad you made it there safely…your wonderful family pictures and post were enjoyed by me. You guys are so special!
Such beautiful and happy photos 🙂
You definitely had a great time
Thank you for sharing 🙂
Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor says
what treasures are in this post…even the dogs are part of it..it is the fullest of what life is all about
Great pictures…great memories!!
As always you have posted great family photo's, your daughters new home is beautiful and such a lovely photo of you and hubby 🙂
What a great way to spend New Years! The kids & puppies are too cute!
It is always a joy and pleasure to visit with you and your family, and seeing the wonderful memories you make together.
Thanks for sharing.
Purabi Naha says
Wow, I loved knowing more about you in this post. You look so sweet! Happy New Year to all of you!
A beautiful post filled with love and family and memories being made! Happy New Year!
Always love your photos, the children are adorable. We had our grands NewYears and none of them made it to see the ball drop…it was fun watching them try though
Maple Lane says
I always enjoy your delightful family pictures.
Your family is so beautiful!! Happy New Year ~Love Heather
FABBY'S LIVING says
A beautiful family together, what a perfect holiday, dear Lorraine. The grands are so adorable and they look so happy too. Sounds like it was a great holiday and a blessed one. Wishing you and yours a very happy and blessed new year, lovely lady.
Barbara F. says
A wonderful family celebration. The children are darling. Love the two doggies who got along so well. xo
What beautiful family pictures, Lorraine. Your children/grands are such a blessing to you and I can tell how much you love them- xo Diana