Friday, December 20, 2013

Focus on Life: Week 51! Togetherness

OMG, it's week 51!! You know what this means?! We're almost done for the year. A year I learned so much about myself (and I was always prizing myself on how aware I am of everything :)) and I became a part of a lovely community of artists. Thank you, Sally, for a well thought challenge!

Week 51... can't say it / write it / think about it without sighing deeply. I did a lot this year, but a lot still needs to be done!

This week's prompt is 'Togetherness' - which only fits perfectly... as all Miss Sally's other prompts.

This is the time we get together more. As my hubby is working weekends, we have a hard time during the year to meet friends, so the 7-10 days between Christmas and the beginning of school / work is the one packed with togetherness. It is rare you'll find us idle from December 25th to January 2nd-3rd.

But for that to happen, there is another togetherness that must become: preparing for the Christmas!

  • first we plan (if you click on the picture to make it larger, you'll see William's plan on the white board :) )

  • then we bake ~ here we make the dough for the sweet bread

  •  and here we have a special sweet with turkish delight

  • then we cook - as you can see, the sausages are done, William is preparing the meat for the cabbage rolls

  •  his way of preparing meat :) 

  •  somewhere in between we get our tree - it has been cut by us for the past 3 years in a row (plus one a couple of years before) 

  •  then we bring the tree home and we try to fit an 8 ft tree into an 8 ft ceiling height room. It's always interesting, and we always end up with a more trapezoidal shape than conic :) 

  •  then we decorate the tree 

  •  ... and after a few more days of cooking and baking we get the letter from Santa and maybe not coal in the stockings :) 

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you are together with your loved ones!


  1. Oh he is so cute and I love all of the family togetherness

  2. Love your traditional Christmas. Your goodies look great.

  3. Wonderful photos and words that perfectly show family togetherness at Christmas-time!
    I've already signed up for next year - I couldn't bear the thought of finishing our weekly photos :) x

  4. Wonderful photos and wonderful moments spent together!

  5. I love William's list, especially #4 (and some people need to be reminded to do that LOL).

    The more we get together,
    together, together,
    the more we get together,
    the happier we'll be.
    For your friends
    are my friends,
    and my friends
    are your friends.
    The more we get together,
    the happier we'll be.

    Just like this old song says, I hope you and yours can have lots of togetherness/happiness this Holiday. Many Blessings to you all!

  6. Love William's list - it's classic!! And the photo of him and your beautiful dog is so wonderful, as are all your photos of him helping and of all of you getting the tree and being 'together' - it's what makes any time of year special - being with and enjoying those we love!!

  7. I love William's list. And I really enjoyed reading about your prepping for the holidays. What a great way to celebrate together.

  8. Your post is perfect for this weeks prompt. Happiest of holiday wishes to you.

  9. Lots of tradition involving being together over the holidays. I miss the family home especially at Christmas. Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

  10. William looks like a great helper. One of the reasons we cherish Christmas is the time we get to spend together with loved ones. Merry Christmas to all of you.


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