Five Fun Filled Days

December 29, 2008

After five fun filled days of celebrating the holidays with our family, everybody is gone and our house is SO is almost a little depressing, we had such a great week together!! Sunday morning, everyone packed up and left, including Nick......he went to spend a couple days with Aunt Betty, Uncle Kevin, and Eddie!

I spent all day yesterday getting the house back in order and slowly but surely, getting into my normal routine again.....but not for long, we are leaving Wednesday for Cape least I hope we are this time!! Since we don't get to see the "Gaelic" side of the family for Christmas, we always spend New Year's with really, we are just getting prepared for round two!! I wish I could say the after holiday diet has started, but with more family celebrations this week, I am holding will make a perfect New Year's resolution...especially with the bahamas trip just around the corner:)

Yesterday, I went through all the pictures that were taken over the past week and tried to figure out how to post them without having TOO many pictures attached to the post, so I decided I would do them as a slide show!!

The pics consist of Chrstmas Eve at my Aunt's house, Christmas Day at our house, Christmas night at my sisters house for the Yankee Swap, the day after Christmas at a local ski resort, and just some random shots of us haning out here at the house.

The Yankee Swap pictures are pretty funny.....they are near the end of the slide show....they are not very clear because they were taken in my sister's basement and it was kind of dark, but I had to capture some of the funny things that were passed around. There was a homemade a Blue Sparkle Lamp, a sexy pair of Santa Boxers with matching hat, and a Turbie Twist.....I think they sold them on one of the shopping networks...they are used to tie your hair up after a shower so it dries will have to see for yourself the pictures are hilarious.....I think the pic of Pat wearing the Turbie is my favorite. We had so much fun playing, that this swap is now going to be a Christmas tradition in our family!! Just for the record, Pat won the Turbie and I walked away with the sexy Santa outfit....we made quite a pair that night!!

Hope you are all recovering from Christmas and getting ready to ring in the New Year.
We are more than ready to say goodbye to 2008 and hello to 2009.....It has to be a better year!!!


Marla said...

Hahaha, great pics! Love that turbie twist!

Glad y'all had a great Christmas. Happy New Year!!

M,R,J1,J2 said...

I'm with you-2009 has to be better than 2008(we had a few setbacks along the road in 2008).
Enjoy Cape Cod!

Jboo said...

Wow -- great photos! Love them all. I think you don't have to worry about a photo for your cards next year -- the one of you in the Santa hat and Pat in the Turbie Twist is a sure winner!!

Happy New Year!!


Missy said...


SO funny! The turbie twist had me cracking up. Please bring that to Atlanta with you so I can wear!!!

It looks like you guys had a great Christmas. The pics of Nick and Eddie are precious. I can tell they really enjoy each other. I also ADORE the pics of Sarah in her white coat and hat...breathtaking!

Hope to hear from you soon!

Our Complete Family said...

What an awesome five days you all had! So FUN to see!
Those Yankee Swap pics are a riot!
What a fun new tradition to have each year!!!
I have my fingers crossed that all goes well and you get to go to Cape this time around!
Merry almost 2009. Can you believe it's almost the new year? I can't!
xo, Less

Kim said...

LOVE the pictures..
Looks like you had a WONDERFUL Time..
Have fun in Cape Cod..
Bring on 2009...
Bring on the babies..
We need to get through so we can have our babies home..
Love ya girly..

Football and Fried Rice said...

Fun pictures!!! Your Eddie is to cute, but I DID laugh out loud at the thought of ACTUALLY having a cousin Eddie. We aRe big Lampoon fans, so we are always quick to point out "the" cousin Eddie in everyone's family!! Fun that you really have one :)

Your whole family is so beautiful!!

I think 2009 HAS to be a good year for your Long Road!!


Gail said...

Lisa, You captured your 5 days of Christmas so well...I lol at the turbie twist. You all had so much fun!

Love the pics of Sarah in the white hat and coat, just beautiful.

Happy New Year a little early, hoping 2009 is a healthy and happy one for you and your dear family!

Sue said...

Great pics! Looks like you had a great holiday...and more to come still. : )

Happy New Year!


Denise said...

Ok, love the Ho Ho Ho shorts...hee hee!!

Have a wonderful New Years in Cape Cod and I am with you on that New Years diet...maybe we can do it together and keep eachother accountable~

Jodee said...

I am cracking up! Those pictures are a hoot! However, I love the sweet picture of Pat and Sarah together.

I hope your house is back in order and you can now pack for your Cape Cod trip! I can't wait to see pictures from your magical anniversary night!

carolinagirl said...

Love the sexy Santa! Maybe in 2009 I can figure out how to post a slide show...I love it!

Shell in your Pocket said...

What wonderful pictures! I love them!!! How do you do this on Fliker? Do you pay? I love it..what a wonderful holiday you had! Love all the pj shots!
-sandy toes

fleur de lis cottage said...

Love the slide show. The Yankee Swap looks like too much fun. Hope you have a great 2009!

Lori said...

Happy New Year and enjoy your time away!!

Christy said...

Great slide show Lisa. I love the last ones of the santa butt-- too funny!! It sounds like you guys had such a great time with all your family in town. I love your last post with your favs of the days and I especially love the picture of you and your cousins/ aunt/ sister etc. You guys look like a bunch of models-- beautiful woman!!

Anyway, glad you guys had a good Christmas!! Im sure nick will love his new laptop-- very cool!!

Christy :)

Pixel Fairy Princess said...

Great pic's :D
I with Missy - bring the Turbie twist :D I can't wait for you guys to get here! Se 2009 is already looking good!
Ladybug hugs,

Shelly and Family said...

So Love the photos! You guys sure had one great time!!! Can't wait to see what your New Year's is going to be like!!! (BTW...isn't it your anniversary!)

Talk to you soon...

Sherri said...

The pictures are great!

You have a very beautiful family....but I don't think you needed me to tell you that :)

Have a fun trip (I'm crossing my fingers for you that you actually make it this time!)

Happy New Year!

Shari said...

Love the photos! Eddie and Nick rolling their eyes is a hoot!

I love the gift exchange we used to do that when I worked at Big Brothers Big Sisters (all women) one year a co-worker brought in rubber boobs that you would use to stuff - our 80-year-old admin won them and was going to use them at her family's Yankee Exchange. LOVE the craziness:)

Michelle R Photography said...

What fun pictures!! You really fit a lot into those five days.

I hope you have fun in Cape Cod. (I hope you get to GO this time!) I can't wait to hear about your fun New Year's!


"Hello... It's Me Again..." said...

I love all of your pictures! You have such an eye for picture taking! My hubby keeps hinting that I'm getting a new camera for my birthday in a few days. I've got my fingers crossed!

Rhonda said...

Love it!!!!!!!!!!! Way to celebrate life!!!!!!


Briana's Mom said...

What an amazing Christmas you had! The kids are too adorable!

I am cracking up over those Santa shorts. LOL!

Happy New Year my friend! (Let me know when you are coming to GA. I am so EXCITED!)

Jo said...

Hmmm .... which picture is my favorite? The pink kitchen is pretty darn neat, love the boys working hard on their lap tops, family and fun always high on the list, but I think the lamp is my favorite ~ Wish I had one! :)

Relax and enjoy 24 hours before round two!


Kate said...

Now that DOES look like some fun!!! Great pictures of the entire clan getting down with the Christmas cheer!!! Looks like a party for sure!!!

Happy New Year!!!

I had to type the password twice...this time it is kerveta...does that sound like a Jewish breakfast food to you???

a Tonggu Momma said...

Love the bedhead on Christmas morning! Oh, if we could look like that every day and get away with it! Happy Christmas to you and yours. Enjoy your trip to the cape.

Dennis and Leslie said...

Adorable pics and adorable family! Love your blog, found you while blog-hopping!

Chasing Dreams Photography said...

Great pictures!!!! Looks like your family has so much fun together...those boxers are a hoot!!! : ) Have fun in Cape Cod.

Lisa said...

Love your blog. I found you from a couple of other blogs that I follow. What a beautiful family you have. Your newest one will be blessed when they arrive into your arms.

Lisa in

Lucy said...

Great fun! Your holidays looked wonderful! Love the pic of Sarah with her daddy sweet. :) Have a wonderful time on Cape Cod & Happy New Year!

Lisa said...

Wow, it looks like you guys have been very busy and having alot of fun...good for you guys! I loved all of the pictures.

Have fun in Cap Cod! Happy New Year my friend!

kerri said...

LOL, lovin' the Yankee swap, hilarious!!The twistie turbin was too funny!
Love the pictures, you have had a busy week my friend, I bet your looking forward to the Cape, enjoy. ;)

Laura said...

Looks like Nick and Eddie will be forever friends!! All the pictures are great. What fun times. Have fun on the CAPE!!!


Unknown said...

Great photos! What fun!

Jennifer said...

I LOVE the slide show! You guys look like you had a wonderful Christmas, way too much fun! Wait don't you always say that I am the busy one...Hmmm :)

Okay the turbie twist is cool! I have one called the "hair diva" and I LOVE it! I think Pat looks great in it!
I forgot to tell you that I love Sarah's Christmas morning Pj's!

I hope you have a safe and fun time on your trip to Cape Cod. Cannot wait to see the pictures.

I also pray that you and your family will be blessed with the BEST New Year ever! Happy 2009!


Jenni said...

I am so glad you had a great Christmas with all your family! Love the pictures. :) I hope you have a great time with the other side of your family during New Year's! :) Have a great day!

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

Have a happy and safe 2009....

JulieM said...

I just came across your blog! Your family is darling! It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas!

Deb said...

Looks like you had a blast!
Have a fun and safe trip to Cape Cod!
Blessings and best wishes in 2009!

Kam said...

Lisa, what great pics you have! Looks like you all made wonderful Christmas memories this year! Your kids are just beautiful...Nick is so handsome. And what a cutie patootie little miss is! Did she love that pink kitchen set that you put together all by yourself!!!

Have safe travels my friend and a fantastic New Year!!

Aspiemom said...

Great slideshow! It looks like you all had a great few days.

Enjoy Cape Cod!

Denise said...

Hey, I just did a slideshow and how did you get yours to post bigger than mine...just curious~

Jeni said...

That lamp!!!!!

You guys look so cute!

Have fun in Cape Cod...I would love to be going there!

And Happy New Year too!

Deb said...

Those pictures of your Yankee Swap are such a riot Lisa! What fun! Glad you had a nice Christmas and hope you make it to the Cape this time!:)

Happy New Year to you and your family!

Special K said...

Your family has the most fun together! That's the way family should be, isn't it?

Love all the pics. You certainly have a great eye for photography. I keep telling myself one of these days I'm gonna buy a really nice camera and learn how to use it BEFORE I become a mom. I so want to take beautiful pics of my girl the way you do. :)

jennifer said...

Sounds like a great Christmas. Love all the pictures. I think my favorite might be that blue sparkle lamp ;) too funny!

Jennifer said...

Love the pictures!!! Looks like you had a fun Christmas!


jenbusymom said...

Love the pics! Looks like you all had a great time! Holidays are so great for spending time with family!