Sunday, December 20, 2015

Merry Christmas 2015


I have a list below of memes I am joining for this week, and to save time I am doing one post for all. They are all fun memes to participate in...I hope you can join in with the fun  and check out some of the participating posts. Special thanks to all the wonderful host and their memes, I hope you have some time to check them out.

I wanted to wish Merry Christmas to all who celebrate.  Wishing you peace, joy and all the best this holiday season has to offer. Best wishes to you and your family.


The Cardinals just remind me of Christmas, the middle photo was from last Christmas.


This year I am going with less is more when it comes to decorating. I did not decorate much around the house but I did put up the Christmas tree.



Recently for my son's 23rd birthday on  Dec 7th I created this mosaic of Brian during our various trips while growing up. The mosaic brings back many happy memories of trips and fun times with our son.

I hope you enjoyed my mish-mash post and images. As always I appreciate your visits and nice comments. Thank you! Have a happy day and new week ahead!

Thanks for visiting my post and as always I appreciate your comments.


Thanks to Judith our  host of Mosaic Monday 
Thanks to Monica for hosting NF Trees
Thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes
Thanks to the hosting team of Our World Tuesday!
Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday

94 comments:

Lynne said...

Love your mosaic . . . seeing your son.
Merry Christmas!

TexWisGirl said...

so glad to see your christmas ornament cardinal again! love that!!

Laura. M said...

I wish you a good Christmas Eileeen, and that you spend with your family a happy holidays.
Feliz Navidad ♥
Besos.

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Belas fotografias.
Um abraço e boa semana.

rupam sarma said...

Awesome photos
Merry Christmas to you and your family
Greetings

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

Oh I love the cardinal picture...it is precious as is your tree...I am doing minimal decorating too these days...and what a special mosaic of your son! I want to thank you for being such a supporter of my two blogs...you always pop around and leave a comment and that means so much to me! Merry Christmas Eileen to you and your family! Happy New Year 2016 too!

podso said...

What a neat idea to do the mosaic for your son, Eileen. Your tree looks lovely. Have a good Christmas!

Cranberry Morning said...

What a fun mosaic for your son, Eileen! I too always think of cardinals as Christmas birds. They have such a festive appearance. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
What a delightful and seasonal post! You also have a wonderful Christmas Eileen; may you and yours have all that is good in 2016.... (may be missing in action again for a wee while, as I head off from OZ to UK over the next 2-3 days ... and then there are the holidays!) Blessings and Love, YAM xx

Crimson Kettle said...

Some beautiful photos of your son and the tree. Have a great Christmas and thanks for all your messages. :-)

Tom said...

And a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you Eileen.

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

That poofy cardindal is ridiculous!!! So round and cute.

..."E"... Beth Edwards said...

aww, i love the Mosaic. what a great idea. so many great memories for your family. what a fun! i love looking back at pics from our family trips. my parents were the greatest planners. both teachers, they did their best to fill our vacations with so many amazing memories!! ( :

Merry Christmas!!

Rose said...

Oh, Eileen, I really did enjoy the mosaic of your son...happy memories there!

Cardinals are Christmas birds to me--even in summer, they remind me of Christmas.

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas...if I don't get back here.

Linda said...

I really love your mosaic, Eileen! Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.

Anu said...

Merry Christmas to you!

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
this is a wonderful Mosaic for your son´d birthday.
I wish you a merry merry merry Christmas, Eileen.
Best regards, Synnöve

Gail said...

Merry Christmas!!!

John's Island said...

Hi Eileen, I enjoyed this post, as always. You are so right about Cardinals being the perfect bird for the holiday season. Those are some fine cardinal photos! The "Merry Christmas" cardinal is just perfect! Enjoyed your other photos too ... I agree so much with just keeping the decorations under control. Your tree looks great. That is a neat mosaic of Brian during your various trips ... well done! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

J said...

I, too, did the "less is more" decorating this year! I was just so busy living life - and then recovering from a stupendous Thanksgiving! - that it just seemed impractical to drag everything out for 3 weeks and then return it all! We put up a big tree, though, like you did - and I really enjoy that!
Merry Christmas, Eileen!

EG CameraGirl said...

Great memories, Eileen. How wonderful you took lots of photos through the years! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!!

Life Images by Jill said...

Wishing you and yours a safe and happy Christmas Eileen.
My tree is finally up, but I still need to do a bit of cooking.

Teresa Sjönberg said...

Hi Eileen! Your Christmastree looks lovely and funny. My daughter would love it so much! Beautiful idea! We are going to bring our real tree inside maybe tomorrow.

Have a peaceful and happy Christmastime with your family!

Sandra said...

the cardinal is perfect for a Christmas greeting.. great mosaic of your son

Gayle said...

So I see even the cardinals are going for tattoos ;)
Great memory mosaic of your son.
Happy Day and Merry Christmas.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

'Less is more' is a good idea and I did the same Eileen - your tree is sweet with the critters on it.
The mosaic of your son is something you could have printed for him, or yourself with all the memories it contains, very nice.
Merry Christmas.

Sue said...

Hi Eileen
Loved the mosaic of your son--such happy memories.
And Cardinals are the best Christmas bird of them all.
Hope you have a very Merry Christmas.

PS---I expected a huge decorating extravaganza with your retirement. Too busy having fun, aren't you? You'll find that the longer you're retired , the less time you have. It's one of the great joys of it all.

Country Gal said...

All so wonderful ! Merry Christmas to you and your family !

Mary Hone said...

I love those cardinals!!

ladyfi said...

How wonderfully festive!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful. Wish you Merry Christnmas.

Debbie said...

Oooooooh Eileen, the cardinals are stunning. They also seem to scream Christmas to me!! Fun mosaics today, I really enjoyed Eileen. Merry Christmas Eileen, I am so happy to have met you!!

Mildred said...

That is a very nice mosaic for Brian. I love the Cardinal photos. Merry Christmas, Eileen.

Barb said...

Hello Eileen! Your images are wonderful as is your mosaic. Thank you for stopping by my blog this morning. I wish you a very Merry Christmas as well!

Vilt og vakkert said...

Heisann!
Merry Christmas to you too ;:OD)

Ela said...

Lovely pictures !!
Eileen, I wish you a Marry Christmas !!

Sarah said...

Merry Christmas, Eileen! You have a beautiful family.

Cloudia said...

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~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a fun idea to do mosaics for birthdays! And I love your pretty decorations. Merry Christmas sweet friend. Hugs, Diane PS We drove over to Homosassa Wildlife Park yesterday and I thought of you when I saw all the birds...flamingos, spoonbills, cranes, and lots more. Hope you can come back to Florida soon! Hugs!!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours. May the holidays be safe.

Nancy Chan said...

Beautiful Christmas decorations. I think it is a great to have this lovely mosaic of your son growing up. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and family!

Christine said...

Hello Eileen! what a lovely Christmas post and celebration of your own son through the years. I really enjoyed seeing all your photos. The tree looks very festive with cute ornaments!
Wishing you a very happy Christmas week!

Dina Lettre said...

So beautiful, Eileen! Merry Christmas!!

Phil Slade said...

You have put our own Christmas decorations to shame Eileen. Yours are quite beautiful with all those reds and golds. Thank you for showing us those family photos of Brian. You must be so proud of him now at the ripe old age of 23!

Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Linda W. said...

Nice mosaic! And I love your Christmas tree.

Our photos said...

Very nice ! I love your christmas tree !

Happyone said...

Love the cardinals. I got a ceramic one yesterday. : )
Great job on the mosaic!!

me (maria) said...

Beautiful mosaic!
I loved your Christmas tree, too!
Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

Ailime said...

Hi Eileen, how have you been? I've been a bit cold and with plenty of chores. I wish you merry Christmas and a great new year. Hugs

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful series of photos ~ each one so special!

Merry Xmas and Happy Holidays to all,
artmusedog and carol

AlexaT said...

And: Happy Birthday to your son, Brian, Happy Holidays for you and the whole family! Lots of joys, good cheer and good health! Always all the best, warm and light in souls, a great spirit and many moments filled with love and affection for you and family!
To all of you: Happy & Joyful Christmas Holidays! Crăciun Fericit şi voios, tuturor!

Giga said...

Very clever mosaic for her son, surely he liked. I love the cardinals. * I wish you a Merry Christmas. :)

Missy George said...

LOVE THE CARDINALS..CUTE MOSAIC OF YOUR SON...HAPPY HOLIDAYS

edenhills said...

Without little ones in our family right now, decorating seems like quite a chore, so I haven't done any. Your tree is lovely! I always enjoy seeing cardinals. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

The Yum List said...

Merry Christmas to you too Eileen. Wishing you a wonderful time spent with family and friends.

Margie said...

Your Christmas tree is adorable! Merry Christmas, Eileen!

jeannettestgermain said...

That's a great collage you did of Brian! I invariably plan to decorate more (every year!), but never get to it, because I see all kinds of art projects that I like to finish before the end of the year:) Have a wonderful Christmas Eileen!

Betsy Adams said...

Merry Christmas, Eileen... Happy Birthday to your son. They do grow up so fast, don't they?

Cardinals are extra-specially pretty during winter, aren't they???

Beautiful Christmas tree...

Hugs,
Betsy

Pietro and Cynthia said...

Very nice collages, so beautiful!
Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Sherlyn Lobo said...

Lovely photos! Merry Christmas and happy holidays!! :)

Linda said...

Hope you have a lovely Christmas!

Indrani said...

Merry Christmas to you Eileen!
Beautiful pictures, a joy to see them.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

facile et beau - Gusta said...

beautiful series of photos - merry christmas to all

handmade by amalia said...

Happy holidays to you and yours, dear Eileen. I've enjoyed my visits throughout the year, looking forward to 2016.
Amalia
xo

Irma said...

Hi Eileen,
Beautiful series of photos.
And a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you.
Best regards, Irma

ann said...

Merry Christmas Eileen. I have enjoyed your bird photography all year long. We will meet again after the first of the year.

Bob Bushell said...

I do love them, lovely images Eileen.

magiceye said...

Wish you and yours a Merry Christmas!!

Meta said...

Så fina collage du har gjort . Nåt att glädjas åt i det regniga december
Ha en fin och bra JUL och Ett Gott Nytt År
vi ses med nya inlägg här då.
Kram Meta

Penelope Postcards said...

Merry Christmas, Eileen, and thank you for stopping by. I like your idea of making a grouping of memorable times with your son. It surely will be treasured for years to come and is in keeping with your “less is more” mood. A single mosaic is a great alternative to shuffling through big photo albums to find those favorite photos. :)

Al said...

A very Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones, Eileen. And have a wonderful New Year. The cardinals are indeed very festive-looking birds.

Small City Scenes said...

Wonderful scenes with your son. Happy times.
I am decorating less also. We always get a live tree and then add it to our property.
Cardinals make the very best Christmas birds.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOURS.
MB

Marit Sønstebø said...

Merry Christmas, Eileen!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Love the memory mosaic of travels with your son! A great idea. Cardinals do seem like Christmas to me too , especially since the only ones I saw until I was at least middle aged were in pictures on Christmas cards! (Since they don't hang out in the Northwest). We do see them fairly often nowadays , but I still get excited and happy when I do! Merry Christmas!

Caroline Gill said...

Yes, I always love your mosaics - so special and eye-catching, Eileen. And the Red Cardinal, as you will know by now, is my biggest regret in the sense that I came home from my only visit to the US (Philadelphia and NYC) without having seen one! So I love seeing these festive birds all the more on your blog! Happy Christmas!

What Karen Sees said...

Beautiful collage of photos. I, too, especially love the cardinals, and miss seeing them from when we lived in St. Louis. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas, and look forward to more great photos in 2016!

Fun60 said...

That Christmas tree looks as though it holds many memories. Merry Christmas.

Neil said...

Merry Christmas.

Birgitta said...

Wonderful photos!
Merry Christmas!

Crafty Green Poet said...

Great photos, cardinals are such festive birds!

Rambling Woods said...

What a festive post Eileen.... Happy Holidays to you... Michelle

PlantPostings said...

What a fun mosaic! It's great to have wonderful memories--better yet to have photos to record them. Happy Holidays!

aquarelles nature said...

In France, we do not have cardinals. I wish we have because they are so beautiful particularly in winter.
Thank you very much for stopping by my blog and for your wishes.
I wish you too a Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Marie C said...

Merry Christmas Eileen! Love the pretty cardinals and your decorations. That mosaic for your son was such a great idea....our grandson turned 14 yesterday! Looking forward to a great year next year with God's blessings and wish you the same!

Chris Rohrer said...

Happy holidays Eileen!!! Hope you have a wonderful time with family and friends. Wishing you a wonderful New Year!

Kit said...

May you have a lovely Christmas! :) Kit

NatureFootstep said...

you can have the cardinal as a christmas decoration :)

Merry Christmas to you and yours :)

Mary Cromer said...

Merry Christmas to you my friend and a Very Happy New Year...have a wonderful time~

Frank said...

Eileen ... I'm with you on less is more.

Have a glorious Christmas.

Ana Freire said...

Lovely post, Eileen!!!!
And I love your mosaic! With such remarkable moments of your life...
Merry Christmas, Eileen!!! To you and your family!
All the best!
Ana

The happy wanderer. said...

What a lovely idea to do the mosaic for your son's birthday. Have a lovely Christmas and New Year, Eileen, with lots of new birding adventures in 2016.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I loved your wonderful photos! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

Les Fous du Cap said...

Merry Christmas ;-)
Céline & Philippe