Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Holiday Smiles

Kylee and my mom
Over the holiday week spent with our families, there was never a shortage of smiles.  We were all delighted to be together for Christmas and the convivial spirit was infectious.  As adults, the holidays often bring chaos and stress, but that all seems to disappear the minute I see my nieces happy faces and the joy that Christmas brings them.  As usual, I feel a bit of the "post-holiday blues" this year, but looking at the pictures brings me back to a happy place. 

Sarah's baby Sophie
Vince (my brother), Kylee, and my dad

Gabe's parents, Dick and Ginger



my nieces, Kylee and Keshley
wearing our new sweatshirts with the family farm logo
my parents
Johnnie (my brother), Brooke, me, Gabe
Kylee likes to hold onto your ear when she's tired

28 comments:

Katie said...

You have so many great Christmas pictures :)

Nikki said...

Awwww it looks like you and Gabe had a wonderful Holiday! Thanks for sharing the pics of your beautiful family!

xx
Nikki

Gabriel said...

Great pictures! Now I'm in a happy place too!

Same Sweet Girl: Memoir of a Southern Belle said...

Awww such sweet pictures! I'm so glad you had a wonderful Christmas!! :)

PS I bought that Oscar Blandi dry shampoo and it works really well!!! It def gives a lot of volume!! Thanks for the recommendation! :)

Jess said...

Glad you had a great holiday. Those pictures are great - and your nieces are absolutely adorable!

PursuitOfLLT said...

What a great collection of pictures! And OMG your niece Kylee and you are twins!!

this free bird said...

oh my gosh val this is awesome. i know it's a natural thing, but you guys REALLY look like your families. gabe's a ringer for his dad and you and your bro have so many striking resemblances!! not to mention those adorable little nieces of yours. kylee and the ear thing? ahaha that is so cute!!

how do you manage to look so good in pictures. my pics with my niece? uh val? my hair's a tossed salad and i seriously need makeover central to stop by and hit me with the fashion stick. ugh

xo,
c

A La Mode et Plus! said...

Your nieces are beautiful and so is baby Sophie! Thanks for sharing your beautiful family photos.

Elle Sees said...

why the blues?
i'm relieved to be home! it's always chaotic when i'm home.

Simply Bubblelicious said...

Great Pictures! Looks like you had a wonderful time. Beautiful family.

Happy New Year.

Carla
http://wwwsimplybubblelicious.blogspot.com/

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

cute photos! looks like you had a merry one ;)

Amber Blue Bird said...

what a cute little family you have.

Marcie said...

Kylee looks just like you! That has to be what your daughter will look like. What is it with kids and ears? My niece does the same thing :).

Beautiful family, Val.

M

Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

I want to comment on like 12 of your posts. How do I not have you in my reader? Added now. Your holiday outfits are rocking. Your Oreo peanut butter bark...dude I want some. And thanks for the recipes today, headed to check those out and print them to try.

style'n said...

Looks like you guys had a wonderful time! And you look gorgeous as usual! I am back in Boston..nice to be home but I miss all the family :(

Sarah said...

Kylee holding gabe's ear is the cutest thing I've ever seen! It looks like you guys had a really nice holiday.

Tanya (a Taste of T) said...

Looks like it was full of family and love. Can't beat that :)

Bella @Bellgetsreal said...

Sophie is adorable...so are the others but what a face!

You look gorgeous...if you don't mind me asking??? what is your ethnicity? is that a word?

Jen said...

Awww... Sophie is such a doll!! Great family pics!

Happy Wednesday Darling! xo

I'm also doing a perfume giveaway right now if you're interested!

Lisa Griffin said...

wow so many little kids! they always make the holidays extra special!!
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Anna Jane said...

such cute pics! i love the holidays sooo much.

you can definitely tell that you and your brother are related--same eyes! :)

xx

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Such gorgeous pix! I can see how you had such a wonderful holiday :)

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

Such great family pics! Looks like you guys had a great holiday together. xo

Daisy said...

Val, you have a gorgeous family!
Kylee and Keshley - not only are those super cute names, but the girls are adorable to match. I also like that Gabe's Mom is Ginger, cool name and same initials as her son, awww :)

Annie said...

awwww it looks like such a fun time! You have such a cute family!! xo

Lindsay said...

Hi girl, I've missed you! Such cute photos! Hope you had the merriest of holidays!! Hugs

Josie said...

Valerie, your family is absolutely gorgeous! I love seeing your pretty Christmas photos.
xo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

Torrie said...

So, I was scrolling down to leave my comment and I saw that you "met" my friend Danielle!! This is why I LOVE blogging Valerie. It's like this party that we're all coming and going to (that you don't even have to dress up for!)... if that makes any sense whatsoever:). Loved seeing all of your pictures, and I hope the post holiday blues are gone!

I finally bought a pair of gold ballet flats (per your Thanksgiving recommendation!); thought I'd share!