Monday, December 31, 2012

Christmas at Grandmother's house

We had a lovely Christmas time with the family. The family has grown so much. The nieces and nephews that were once little children are now all grown and have children of their own. The food was abundant and delicious. We took a small scape and went to the next town to see "The Hobbit" and in 3D was very beautiful.
Natal na casa da avo. A familia quase toda estava presente. Os meninos e meninas estão casados então a familia cresceu muito. Eles agora tem filhos proprios. A comida estava abundante e deliciosa como sempre e na casa da minha sogra. Saimos pra algumas horas pra uma cidade vizinha pra ver o filme " O Hobbit" que foi em 3-D e adoramos.
Cousins had time to play a game of Catch Phrase. Os primos brincando um jogo de "Catch Phrase" electronico.
 More playing at grandmas living room.  The girl is pink is girlfriend of one of the cousins. Outros jogos na sala da avo. A menina de sweater cor de rosa e a noiva do  Dereck, sobrinho de meu esposo.
 This beautiful young lady is Cadie, she is a daughter of one of the cousins. Essa e a Cadie, filha da sobrinha do meu esposo.

 Time to eat, this young man is Cadie's brother. Esse e o irmão de Cadie.
 Jack who loves games and movies! Jack que adora jogos e filmes.
That is what we had to see from the car when we drove back on Saturday the 39th. The sun can barely been seen on the left. Husband always likes to take some of the back roads to make the trip shorter. I roll my eyes at that sometimes. We look forward to the New Year and hope it brings blessings to all of us. My hope is that we are going to be busy working towards a better world for ourselves and our neighboors.  When we lived in Brazil we had such big celebration for New Year. They had street parties with lots of music, a park with ferris wheels, and other fun rides for the kids. They also had street vendors selling wonderful candies and patries that we see only for sale at this time of the year. The little ones loves to buy a ballon or two and bring it home in a string. There is a big meal and we open champagne at midnight with hugs and cheers for the New Year. It's customary to go to the next door neighboors to give them a hug and wish them a wonderful new year ahead. I do miss all of that sometimes. Today we eat black eye peas and save a bowl of dried black eye peas behind front door for good luck. Hope you can enjoy what is traditional for you as a family and perhaps start new traditions. Wishing a Happy New Year !!!  
 
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O dia estava nublado, bem a semana toda. essa foto foi tomado do carro. Meu marido adora tomar as estradas menos usadas então essa area e no meio do nada practicamente. Ele toma essas estradas pra fazer a viagem mais curta mas eu viro os olhos pra cima e digo nada. Bem, estamos olhando agora pra esse novo ano que se inicia e minha esperança e que estamos todos trabalhando pra um mundo melhor pra nos e pra nossos vizinhos. Antes eu vivi em Brasil e as festividades la no Nordeste eram infinitas com parques de festas, musica e comida aqui e diferente, pois ha muito silencio e somente celebramos com a familia. Uma tradição daqui e de colocar feijão de corda atras da porta da frente e tambem comer feijão de corda no ultimo dia do ano pra da boa sorte. Tambem coloquei ervilhas secas atras da porta da entrada num pratinho pra boa sorte ! Espero que voce fez algumas coisa tradicional nesse Natal com sua familia ou talvez começou novas tradicões. Desejo um Feliz Ano Novo!!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Merry Christmas - 2012

Christmas got here really fast. I have been busy , making cookies, buying gifts and wrapping. I will also need to plan for the food we are having for our celebration and also for what we are taking to my mom-in-law's house. We will celebrate by ourselves on the 25th and be ready to travel the next day to my mom-in-law's house.  Celebrating with husband side of the family is so much fun. The family has been getting so big now that the nieces and nephew have children of their own. I wish you a wonderful Holiday time and may this Christmas reminds us all that this was created to celebrate Christ's birthday. May you all have a wonderful Christmas! Happy Holidays!
O tempo de Natal chegou rapido. Andava bem ocupada fazendo biscoitos, comprando presentes e preparando presentes. Tambem necessito ainda pensar no que devo fazer pra nossa ceia Natalina e o que vou levar pra casa da minha sogra. Aqui celebraremos no dia 25 e depois no dia 26 vamos viajar pra casa da sogra. La o groupo sera bem maior porque a familia e grande agora que as sobrinhas tem filhos. Esse e o  tempo que devemos lembrar que a razao que existe Natal e pra celebrar os nascimento de Jesus! Desejo a cada um(a) de voces um Feliz Natal!! Boas festas!

 Coconut pudding! One of my favorite desserts. Fiz pudim de coco porque e meu favorito nesse tempo!

Biscoitos na foto acima , alguns pra nos e outros foram pra doar na igreja. Fiz 6 duzias. 
 Making cookies and more cookies, some were given to church and they give to shut ins and others in the community. I made 6 dozens I had some in cute bags and gave to people who rendered services to us in the community.

 I made some crochet bags and have a wine bottle inside or Cider and have those for a few friends! Hope they will like it. It is very easy to make. Fiz bolsas de crochet e coloquei uma garrafa vinho dentro pra algumas amigas.
Homemade cookie mixture for the family. Fiz mistura pra fazer biscoitos pra dar pras cunhadas.
 A corner in a small table here in our house. Gathered some fresh pine when we went out in a nature walk.
Made a few pans of scones for us and to take along. I also plan o making some biscotti. Um papai Noel num canto de uma mesinha aqui em casa. Foto abaixo, fiz scones pra nos e pra levar pra casa da sogra e tambem vou fazer biscotti amanha.

 This is around our town. I love to see the trees looking like candy.
 O inverno realmente estava assim alguns dias atras e hoje esta tudo assim branquinho outra vez. Tambem esta muito frio.

This can be seen from our living room window. To me this photo says " Merry Christmas"and with it I want to wish you Merry Christmas!
Essa foto pra min diz "Feliz Natal" e com essa foto quero desejar a todos um Feliz Natal!!!