Thursday, December 11, 2008

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.......

OK, friends, it's snapshot time.....no fancy photography, just fun and carols and visions of sugarplums.

I put Rod in the store window playing carols on his tuba!


I went to Ruthi's after work to help with the gingerbread house.

Little hands working hard.

Uh-oh.... some of those candies did NOT go on the house!

A finishing touch...

And - voila!

Then, a drive into DC to see the lights.....

We always think the tree on the Capitol lawn is more beautiful than the National Christmas Tree on the Elipse, behind the White House.

This year, I'm not going...they are expecting 4 or 5 million people to be trying to get into the city!

One more shot..

It was a misty evening; the top of the Washington Monument was up in the fog.


OK, this is the National Christmas Tree, from the car, in the dark and mist....You can see the White House just behind it.

And your greeting for today.

30 comments:

Shellmo said...

So many great things you shared w/ us today! Loved watching the making of the gingerbread house - who could resist taking a bite out of that?! :-0

Eve said...

Thanks for the great pictures Helen! The kids are sweet!! Love the DC shots!!

NCmountainwoman said...

Loved the pictures...all of them. It must have been such fun to help with the gingerbread house.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh Helen, I love the gingerbread house!!! That precious little girl has the most gorgeous eyes!!!!

The D.C. pictures are gorgeous also..

Thanks for all of your pictures this morning!!! I enjoyed them on a cold, wet, rainy morning in Tennessee.
Hugs,
Betsy

Bird Girl said...

Your grandbabies are beautiful! That little girl - those eyes!!! What fun to help with the gingerbread house and then to see the DC lights! The shot of the national Christmas tree with the White House behind is quite lovely - great post, Helen! (love that cardinal greeting, too)

Roses and Lilacs said...

What a beautiful sight--DC at night. Lit up against the dark sky.

I had to chuckle at the first photo. That rooster in the corner adds a little whimsy.
Marnie

TSannie said...

That little dumpling of a granddaughter (correct?) is the cutest thing! Neat post - I do think I'd skip the inauguration this year as well.
Love that gingerbread house - haven't made one in years!

George said...

I loved your pictures of DC, but my favorite was of the young lady who helped make (and sampled) the gingerbread house. Precious!

Arija said...

Helen this is a wonderful holiday post. Love the gingerbread house, we always had one when the children were small with s working chimney, leaf gelatine or sugar cube windows and a candle inside with the smoke coming our of the chimney. Beautiful grandchildren !

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

The little girl with candy on her face is so beautiful.Is she a granddaughter,or friend?Either way she's a keeper.I enjoyed the other pictures.The White House tree is spectacular.
Blessings,Ruth

The Birdlady said...

Thank you all...yes, they are my wonderful grandchildren...Jack is 10, Nick (shirtless, as always!) is 7, and Princess Madeline (Maddie) will be 4 in Jan. Yes, Ruth, we will definitely keep her! :)

david santos said...

Brilliant!!!

Tina said...

Such great little snaps of a day well spent..loved the ginger bread house construction...tough not to just taste a little..such beautiful eyes! Loved the snaps of the Washington visit..fog and all, one of our favorite places to visit when we can!

a passion 'n frames said...

I love the images as they speak of what is important... I miss having young kids about during the holidays... and I remember making gingerbread houses and such... fond memory...ty

Jayne said...

Love the gingerbread houses Helen! What great photos in the capital. :c) Have a wonderful day.

fishing guy said...

Helen: What neat shots of the family and the sighs of DC. I love the eyes on the candy nibbler. What a neat card with the Cardinal.

Dave Coulter said...

Nice series. I like Washington. Esp. the museums! I did some work there many years ago...

Mary said...

Lovely photos and a lovely Christmasy feel :-) I think gingerbread houses are so neat and they look like such fun to make...brings out the kid in all of us :-)

HANNIBAL said...

That window shot was sooo cool! And I loved the misty pictures of D.C.

The cardinal greeting is fantastic!

Roy said...

Lovely night shots Helen

jalynn01 said...

I just loved everything about this post, from the tuba player to the beautiful little face with candy on it and the shots of the tree and Whitehouse. It IS beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Thanks for sharing.

Ken Conger Photography said...

Great series. Fantasitc images. Thx for sharing your thoughts and excellent photos. Blue Skies.

Stacey Huston said...

Helen, Now THAT is what Christmas is all about.. Wonderful to see a family really sharing together at Christmas time.. DC looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing

Robert V. Sobczak said...

Interesting comparison between a gingerbread house and the white house.

SweetAnnee said...

Thank you Thank you for sharing.. I love ALL the pics
and
I did get the lovely!!!!! ecard

smiles to you..Deena

2sweetnsaxy said...

What a great post. I thoroughly enjoyed those photos! You know, I've never made a gingerbread house... or eaten from one in fact. That looks like fun. I should talk my sister into doing that with the grandkids.
:-)

Willard said...

A wonderful, pre-holiday post. The collage is quite creative and each of the others is special in their own way.

Nick S said...

Some lovely images today. The little girl with the candy around her mouth was very cute :-)

Natural Moments said...

The gingerbread house looks yummy and I like your cardinal card. It fits the Christmas theme for sure.

Jotter Jan said...

Hi Helen...hope you had a blessed Christmas and your New Year will be blessed with more great photo's!!!
As you know I don't get much time to blog or visit other blogs anymore. I certainly enjoyed catching up on yours. My what gorgeous grandchildren you have!!!