There is no main goal in this post, only to record a few memories of this Christmastime in our family.
Here we see Shirl and her "Teddy Bear" Dani Rusu, who gave her a hug as he said, "Goodbye," and headed home to Cluj for Christmas with his family. We sent him home with our warm wishes for his parents, Maria and Teofil, at their beautiful home in Cluj-Napoca.
As this shot shows, Dani is a BIG teddy bear, and Shirl is a darling in every respect.
As you might have read in previous posts, the biggest Christmas gift of the year came in a small package, directly from God and our daughter-in-law Cally. For, on the 18th of the month, she bore Angus Stevenson McDougall, firstborn son of the second second son of the second son, Jesse Stewart McDougall. (There are no typographical errors in that last sentence. If you want an explanation, ask in a comment!)
On Christmas Eve, 24 December, Shirl, Alex and I went to The Pullman Farm to meet our newborn Angus. The next batch of pictures are of that event.
|A now-familiar scene in a later season of the year.|
|Signs from the Wedding of Jesse and Cally, held here in June, 2012.|
|The workbench in the garage, remarkably orderly this time!|
|Papa awaiting his son, who is upstairs with his mother.|
|And the living room is decorated for Angus' First Christmas.|
|Sometimes it is hard to tell Alex (28) from Jesse (35). This is Alex.|
|You know this lady!|
|Grandmama and Mama!|
|Looking so cute, I had to include it!|
|And finally, Angus!|
|A nursing chair?|
|A shelf full of wonderful stuff, and diapers!|
|A bureau that doubles as a changing table.|
|Essential reading material, especially since his Dadiu plans to take him to Romania one day!|
|And a biology lesson on a tapestry.|
|Hallway scene just outside the nursery.|
|I love the toy cook stove, made of cast iron.|
|Why so serious, Shirl? "Mae Mae" is a cute Grandma name!|
Once back home in Campton, we got some snow, and had our Christmas dinner as a quiet group at this table. This morning, I saw this scene, and had to shoot it. I have named the photo "Fallen Leaf."