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Christmas Memories on Valentine's Day

by ‎02-14-2017 03:33 PM - edited ‎02-20-2017 01:53 PM


It’s hard to believe that January 2017 is already behind us!! We’re 1/12th of the year down, and I feel like Christmas just happened.


Last Christmas was a whirlwind. I went back to Northern California for the weekend, about 50 hours, but they were the important ones. We pack a lot in to the holiday, and frankly it’s one tradition after the other. Here goes!


On December 24th we’re all still wrapping presents and the tree gets filled pretty quickly from there.







We are a big group so we spend lots of time cooking (and eating, and cleaning up)






It’s the one time of year that I get to see all of the men in my family at once….my brother, my dad, and my two nephews




On Christmas eve we all “ooh and ahhh” over “Santa’s Runway” out on the sidewalk.



My nieces and nephews open their matching pajamas. “This is the LAST year,” says my oldest nephew!!




My dad reads ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. This year he did so in some kind of funny accent, which made us all laugh.



During the holiday we all find ourselves hugging one another… a lot.  This is my sister and my niece.




And my brother with my niece and nephew.




And me with my sister and my niece.




Opening presents on Christmas day is electric! My two nephews were super excited about their drones, which they promptly put together and started flying.






My nieces got Amazon Echo Dots, and we all sat around playing 20 questions with the Dots.  But during a brief intermission, everyone pulled out a book.




We’re a big musical family and both my sister and my mom, and my dad, gave songs as gifts this year.






It was fast, but it was soooo worth it. Before I left I had to take a pic of the original Boesing bunch.




Only 11 more months until we do it all again!




‎02-14-2017 03:47 PM - edited ‎02-14-2017 03:48 PM

Such a beautiful family! And I know those hours had to go so very fast, but I know you wouldn't miss them for the world!


I think the older we get, the more we appreciate the people in our lives. And I love that you take lots of pictures. I look back at pictures of our family over the last 100 years, and I'm so grateful someone took the time to gather the family together, celebrate and document it. It makes me both happy and sad, to see those no longer with us, but reinforces the necessity to enjoy all those here today. 


Thanks for sharing so much of your beautiful holiday with us! It is the day of love, after all!!

on ‎02-14-2017 06:11 PM

What a wonderul post!!! You have a beautiful family, I can see the love that is shared, and that fills my heart. Thanks for sharing and God Bless. Oh and Happy Valentines day.

on ‎02-14-2017 06:36 PM

I can feel the intense love you all have for each other. What a fabulous family. You made me happy as I read your post. Love to you and your sweet family.

on ‎02-14-2017 11:23 PM

It is good that you all were able to be together!!!  The tree was beautiful and it was last Christmas....not this this year.

on ‎02-15-2017 08:21 AM

    There is nothing in the world more important than family!!!

on ‎02-15-2017 06:27 PM

Thank you for sharing these photos of your lovely family. It sems like they are a happy group who enjoyed their time together.    

on ‎02-15-2017 09:09 PM

Beautiful memories : )

on ‎02-15-2017 09:24 PM

You and your family are adorable. Glad your Christmas was fun! 

on ‎02-16-2017 11:37 AM

Everyone is having such a fun time! 

Thank you for sharing. It was a lovely way to start my day!

on ‎02-17-2017 04:36 PM

Rachel, I'm originally from Torrance CA now in WA state and loved you on the local news. Glad to see you on the Q, you do a wonderful job.

on ‎02-18-2017 01:10 PM

Thank you for sharing this !   i sat here and smiled with each comment and photo.  you are so blessed.  i worked this Christmas but eventually got to see my niece and nephew and my great niece and three great nephews.  two 4 year olds and two 2 yrs old. on my gosh are they busy but sweetest dearest little loves.   i love your traditions too.  i have one i started two years ago, i collect during the year and deliver christmas gifts to two local nursing homes.  one was for 65 residents and the other 88.   yes it was some work but oh so worth it.  God bless these souls.   thank you for the great post !!!

on ‎02-19-2017 12:48 AM
Thanks for sharing. Loved hearing about your family. Can barely wait till Christmas 2017.
on ‎04-06-2017 12:00 PM

What a wonderful way to spend the holidays.  You have a beautiful family Rachel.