Snow, This is Us. . .

Hello my friends,
I'm taking a break from decking the halls to share a post that is a bit different for me.
My blog is mainly about my décor, thrifting, crafting, and occasionally a bit of silliness.
It's not very often that I share photos of my family.  But a couple weeks before Thanksgiving our daughter in law, Tracy called and suggested that we do family photos on Thanksgiving Day.
I was all for it because we are a family that rarely (never) takes family photos.  I mean, it's been years!!
It's not easy getting us all together, but this year every one was going to be here for Thanksgiving,
SNOW, this is us. . .  :)
I just couldn't wait to use that for a title because we got buckets of snow dropped on us the evening before and it was just perfect!!
You know what else was perfect?  That we wore plaid.  if you know me, you know that I am "mad for plaid"!!
My husband Greg, I call him Shultz.  It's a nickname and it just stuck with me as well.  He is an engineer, soon to retire.  He is the love of my life and is the most kind and generous person! He also has a wacky sense of humor.  He's shy, and most people don't see that side of him.

This is our oldest daughter, Nichole.  She works at Horrocks Engineers. Her husband Jason is a construction foreman and very hard worker. Their daughter, Jordyn (We call her Jordy). Nichole was born on Christmas Day.  That's why we added an 'h' to her name,  In honor of St. Nicholas.  She became a diabetic when she was 11.  That is why they only have one child.  Jordy is a sweetheart and loves sports and riding her motorcycle.

Lonnie is our oldest son. He is an LS and is over the surveyors at Horrocks Engineers. The three boys, Kade, Riley, and Braxton are from a previous marriage. He is an awesome dad!  His wife Tracy was a life saver for those boys.  Lonnie had full cutstody at the time and she stepped in and became a fabulous mother!!  Paityn is their daughter. She is a little diva.  Ashley is Kades wife.  Married just last June. They all work  and play hard and love the outdoors!

This is our daughter Karrah. She heads up a floral department at Smiths grocery store.  Her husband Jayson, a great mechanic and their two daughters, Taylor and Saydee.  There are 10 years between the girls.  Karrah developed toxemia with both of them.  Taylor was born a month early.  She was small, but able to come home.  Little Saydee only weighed 2#'s 6 oz. at birth.  It was a bit scary for both mom and baby for a while.
This is our son, Dalan, he is an engineer as well.  His wife Samantha (Sam) and their three boys.  Dalan calls them, "my three sons". Dalan was born on Valentines Day and has always been a sweetheart of a son! Sam is an amazing mother!  Jack, Will, and Evan.  They are all three so different.  Jack is super smart and reads fabulously well.  Will, we don't call him "Will the pill", or "Will-de- beast" for nothing.  Seriously, he is a cutie!  Evan, well; let's just say he likes grandpa a whole lot better than me.  Although he will give me a kiss now and then.  :)
Our youngest daughter, Kylee.  She is full of adventure and has been traveling for a few years.  She has been to Spain, France, Portugal, Thailand,  Australia, to name a few.  Last winter she worked the Iditarod on an Alaskan glacier.  She loves the outdoors and doesn't mind getting dirty one bit!  She's only been back home for 6 months.  We sure did miss her!!
Kade and Ashley.  Kade has always been a sweet grandson and has such a tender heart.  Ashley is a cutie and we are so happy to have her join our family!
SNOW, this is us!
Us and the grands!

Of course we had to have a crazy one, because well. . .we are!!

Now, this has nothing to do with our family photos, but did you notice how rusty the roof on 'hilltop cottage' has become?  It's a little too orange to my liking right now.  Hoping some of it wears off.  Also there's a big streak where they must have missed the solution that makes it rust.  What's a girl to do?  Wait patiently and see what it looks like next spring.  I sure don't want to climb up there and sand some off very badly.  That would not be
 a pretty sight!!
Snow worries,


camp and cottage living said...

What a lovely family, Jann! And the snow background is perfect for your pics. It is so hard to get all the children and grands together these days, so glad you did.

Linda W. said...

Love all the photos of your family! You should be proud of the wonderful children and grandchildren you have. And what a lovely photo of you and your hubby! :) Happy Thanksgiving!

Daniela said...

Thank you for another so inspiring post, darling Jann, you've got such a great, wonderful family!

Hope you had the most joyful Thanksgiving Day ever,
I'm sending blessings of joy on your snowy weekend

Much Love

Xx Dany

Lady of the Manor said...

Great family photos! They are true treasures!!

Stacey said...

Your photos are amazing! How wonderful to have everyone together and snow all at the same time. :)

Jeanie said...

Oh Jann, I really love this post to pieces! You have a beautiful family -- each and every one. And a big one, too -- how you managed to get everyone together with kids and grands for a photo is beyond me! (We have trouble getting one couple and one single together!). And the plaid part was extra cute.

And you know what I love best? That you all look like you are -- meaning not one of those studio portraits where everyone is dressed up in their best behavior in front of a phony background -- but the way you are when you are together. Cozy, comfy, filled with the fun of love and informality and joy!

What a treasure, this Thanksgiving holiday, for you! (Oh, and by the way, Schultz is really a cutie and together you two are uber cute! Love that photo most of all!)

Happy TG week! (I hope our snow holds off a bit!)

Bernideen said...

Great family photos and memories in the snow!!

Tanya Rachelle said...

Wonderful family pics! I love the plaid and snow! Truly beautiful pics and memories.

Artsy VaVa said...

What a beautiful family! And, so's amazing you could get them all together! I loved learning about your family and seeing the pictures. No snow for us... we sat by the pool in t-shirts for Thanksgiving.

Salmagundi said...

Wonderful post!!

Pamela Gordon said...

What a beautiful family you have Jann. I enjoyed 'meeting' them all. A great time to get those family pics done for sure!

Connie said...

A beautiful family . . . but you knew that already, right :)
Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless you all.

sandi s said...

You have a beautiful family! Hugs,

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

How sweet! Such a wonderful way to make memories while you are all together!

mimi_62 said...

Love this post. So much fun to get acquainted with all your family. Thanks for sharing!!

happyone said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures of your family. Such a lovely family.
You are truly blessed.

My thrift store addiction said...

What a beautiful family and donning plaids in the snow--perfect! I love the rusty roof against your pretty green she-shed, streak and all ;)

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Oh what fun, but weren't you all freezing?! Such great photos and a beautiful family too!

Rose L said...

It is good you took family photos. They are wonderful to have and pass down. You have a great family.

Tea in the Library said...

Lovely family pictures! THe snow looks so festive!

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Such a beautiful family! Jann you are so blessed. xx Jo

vivian said...

It was fun to see your family! great photos! your daughter was smart to suggest family pictures for thanksgiving. and the snow? a sweet gift! (maybe?) lol!
It is nearly impossible for us to get a good picture of everyone here. some littles dont cooperate very well! theres usually a lot of bribery going on ! lol!
have a great Sunday

Parsimonious Décor Darling said...

Lovely family, Jann! Your heart must be bursting. How sweet you were all together. I hope this will be us one day (we have five children as well). I know you had a wonderful time, many blessings to you and yours!

Sandi Magle said...

Beautiful family Jann. I saw a frame yesterday at a craft show---Family---to think this all happens because two people fall in LOVE.

Grins, put that under one of these wonderful pictures, that just made me smile.

Debby Goes Shabby said...


Your family is beautiful and your most beautiful post thus far, snow, plaid and such beautiful memories!


Mrs. Laura Lane said...

I loved this peek into your life! Thanks so much for sharing the pictures of your wonderful family!
Happy Christmas season to you1

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Gayle said...

Wonderful family photos Jann - loved learning about all your children. How nice that the snow cooperated for you!

Tea Cottage Pretties said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful family with us!!! Love the photos and I am jelly of your snow and your rusty hilltop cottage. Love and hugs, Beverly

Susie said...

Jann, What a great family you have. All hard working that..I think all who can should work. Makes a couple of my grands crazy when I tell them they need to help mommy more. LOL. Stay off that roof do not want to fall off there. Of course you are young and may handle height pretty good. Wait till spring though. LOL. Blessings to all your family and you, xoxo, Susie

Rita C at Panoply said...

Jann, what a beautiful, beautiful family! Thank you for sharing them all with us, even that shy guy! ;) The scenery and everyone's attire was perfect for the photo shoot. As for my own daughters and husbands and my husband, it's been at least 5 years since we've been able to catch a photo together. Too long!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Awesome pictures! And it was fun reading about your family!