Saturday, November 25, 2006

Thanksgiving 2006 ~ What happened to all the kids?

Angela & Kelly

Mark & Casey

Casey & Kelly
Angela & Sean

This year Thanksgiving felt very adult like. I was not feeling well, so I was on the couch, which aloud me to observe everyone and get some good candid pictures. Even though it was noisy (it always is when you get all of us under one roof) something was missing. It always feels strange when Carsten and Denise aren't there, but that wasn't it. All the kids are grown up now and their bodies are so big. The boys look like young men and the girls...the girls are beautiful! Everyone was over 5 feet tall and now all the members of the family engage in the same adult conversation. I love having my family around and my kids home, but I missed the chaos that accompanies the youngsters. It really sunk in deep that these cousins are all grown up and I did a lot of proud smiling.

Mark is my 24 year old son and his sister Angela knows you all by name (along with your profile pictures :) It is a rare thing when both of them are here at the same time . The food was wonderful, but I have to say that, though being stuck on the couch wasn't ideal, I really enjoyed watching everyone interact in their own quirky ways. Personalities are established, faces are unique and laughter truly is musical. I think I would have missed some very poignant moments had I been vertical instead of horizontal. I hope your holiday was everything you expected and more.


Blogger Deb R said...

You have such a beautiful family. Just look at those smiling faces and lovely eyes!

I'm sorry to hear you were feeling bad, but glad you had your lovelies around you. Good thoughts coming your way~~~~~

7:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too bad you weren't feeling good, but I'm sure all those gorgeous faces had to brighten your day!

It is scary when all of a sudden those little bodies are all big and grown up. But satisfying to know they've turned out so beautifully!

Hope you're feeling better :)

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe how much Angela resembles you!

I'm sorry you weren't feeling better, but I'm glad you were able to interact and capture all the fun and sharing with your camera.

Sending you healing thoughts :-)

7:31 PM  
Blogger Trish Ryan said...

It's so true - sometimes you see the people you love differently when you have a chance (even if it's not one you chose) to sit back a little and watch them. Bless your relationships with all these newly adult family members - they look like a wonderful bunch!

I hope you're feeling better!

8:11 PM  
Blogger Georgia said...

I am so sorry you were not feeling very well :( It is really weird to see everyone all grown up isn't it?? I kept thinking that as all my cousins were running around and my sister and I were talking about "grown up" things ... just crazy, but good:)


Your family is beautiful!

8:58 PM  
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10:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm sorry you weren't feeling well! i hope all is better now. i realized this year that i am all grown up to...sorta. ;)

10:45 PM  
Blogger blackdaisies said...

i hope you feel better soon!

such a beautiful warm family .. how lovely and wonderful : )

11:16 PM  
Blogger Shaz said...

I think its strange when u look then blink and our kids go from babies to young adults it all seems to happen so quickly.
Beautiful family D.
Blessings and praters to you for a break in your health.
Love Shaz xoxox

11:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

happy weekend, darlene. sorry you were not feeling well, but isn't it great to have the family all around. take care and feel better soon.......{{{hugs}}}poet

3:47 AM  
Blogger rising to the challenge said...

It's wonderful the way you can see the bright side of having to sit this one out on the sofa. Those photos you took are lovey... you have a great family.
If you ever want to see the chaos and madness of a household with kids that are still little, let me know and I'll set up my webcam for you to have a look!!!


4:10 AM  
Blogger Jane Poe (aka Deborah) said...

I had a sense you haven't been feeling too well, my dear. Even though role of observer has its benefits, I'm sure you missed feeling better & being a part of the activity. Big, warm hugs to you Dar. The growing children, just remember, there is always a piece inside of the that is that little girl or little boy that wants your mothering and nurturing love. Beautiful pics, much love, JP

8:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet all those long limbs get tied into knots when you need a snuggle from your 'babies'!!!

SAD :-( to hear you weren't well over the holiday and praying for your health again.

speak soon - I've missed ya hunny!

lots of love x x x x x

9:14 AM  
Anonymous Teresa Sheeley said...

Someday soon I just know you will be off that couch and feeling 100%! You have too much will power! Your family is just beautiful. I know what you mean about the kids being grown up. Ours are the same way. We have little ones, but they are my great-nieces and nephews. I just love watching our family too, so I know what you mean. Feel better soon, I am watching snowflakes fall right now and am saying a little prayer for you. Much love! :)


9:44 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Wow - so many gorgeous people in one place!

It's so interesting when the younger ones join the adult conversation. At 12, Taylor is becoming quite annoyed by the young children (including her sister!) so she spends much of her time around Mom and all of her Aunts. It almost makes me a bit sad because it seemed to happen without me noticing! Where has all the time gone?

I'm so sorry that you were feeling less than stellar, but it's so grand to be surrounded by all of that love. I love you, pretty girl! xoxo

10:20 AM  
Blogger bronxbt said...

my gods all yer family is gorgeous.
sorry to hear you're not feeling top notch.

match those good days with your bad days, now take your emotional state during all of them... they'll likely all add up to good days with jes' some speed bumps along the way...

funny how you mentioned it was noisy. was that jes' the normal din of getting them all together or the fun conversations, laughter and joy? remember, the couch may have had you in it's graps, but i certain that you were a focus of much of that joy.

<< hugs >>


10:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Angel... what a beautiful family you have!
I bet they grew so quickly.
I sometimes wish:
a) I could shrink Mikaela and put her in my pocket, take her everywhere with me.
b) freeze her at any particular age I like, for as long as I like....
Most the time tho... I like watching all the changes, and Like you, I am very proud.

The time just goes so damn quickly!!

Big Squeezy hugs... so glad you were surrounded by so much love.

**you are one in a million Dar**
I love you.

1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

G'day...I arrived here via Bek's My Soul Wisphers and I can't beleive how much we have in common...I will read you blog more deeply soon but just had to say Hi. moo

3:58 PM  
Blogger twitches said...

Well yes, life does take on new meaning when you're on your back...ahem. You know what I mean.

I hope you are feeling better!

5:19 PM  
Blogger gerry rosser said...

Who Knows Where The Time Goes

Feel Better

8:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So glad it was a day filled with some sweet blessings! Your "kids" look like great people and I'm so glad that you had some special time with them.

Hope you're feeling better soon! Take care and be good to you . . .

10:27 PM  
Blogger dd said...

These are great pics...where does the time go...

Once it's gone...

Well...sometimes I find it painful to even look back at photos of mine when they were young kids...

Much too fleeting.

good looking kids ...

Very fun to view these.

10:45 PM  
Blogger Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

Your children are beautiful, such happiness and promise are in those eyes! Even though you weren't feeling well, (and that is not fun, especially on Thanksgiving,)you had a bird's eye view on the love of your life!

10:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry to hear that you weren't feeling well d. you've got one great looking family, though...that's for sure.


10:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing photo's of your beautiful family. They look like a lovely bunch of young adults. I like the naturalness of the photo's.

I am sure they all love you dearly Darlene (how could they not?)

Sorry to hear you were not well on the day. Hope you are feeling much better now.

Much love and a gentle hug from Australia

Dotee xoxo

6:53 PM  

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