Monday, December 22, 2014

Blue Monday - Graduation & Neighborhood Christmas Decorations

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Our granddaughter, Ara, graduated from the University of Florida this past Saturday with her Bachelor's Degree. Here's a picture of her and a friend in their caps and gowns. Ara is the one on the right. We're proud to be her grandparents!

The school colors are orange and Blue.

The moment when Ara crossed the stage as her name was called. Photo by Caeli Tolar.


Here's some Blue Christmas decorations found in our neighborhood. Some people hang ornaments from trees in their swale areas.

Here are two examples of folks who decorated their yards with faux presents, wrapped in Blue.

You have to squint, but there's several touches of Blue in Santa's train.

The color of his gloves are beautiful Blue. (That's Johnny's shadow!)

Mr. Snowman uses a Blue shovel, although I suspect he won't find much use for it in Florida!

This snowman likes his Blue scarf.

Ah, this Blue sign suggests we keep Christ in Christmas, an idea with which I agree.

Here's a string of lights; it's easy to pick our the Blue ones.

Here's my favorite . . .

Do you have any Blue decorating your outside?

I just HAD to stick this in. Born Sunday, December 21, 2014 . . . Our son's baby with her baby!
Strider Allen Easterling 
9 lbs 10 oz and 21"

Merry Christmas! and

Happy Blue Monday!


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Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Congratulations to your granddaughter on her graduation, and to your other granddaughter on the birth of her baby! You have all been richly blessed, Sally! Merry Christmas and Happy healthy 2015 to you and Johnny! Hugs, Pat

Denise @ secondtimearoundfinds said...

Congratulations on your granddaughters graduation and your other granddaughter on the birth of her child. Baby's are so special especially at this time of the year. I hope you and your family have a very Mary Christmas.

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

How wonderful, a new baby in your family. Such lovely family news in your post today. Thank you for Blue Monday. Happy Christmas.

In the Company of Me said...

First, congratulations to the graduate and also for the newest family member! Such a sweet photo of the mother and newborn.

You have wonderful captures of blue this week! Have a great week ahead.

Annesphamily said...

Many congratulations are in order at your house! Awesome graduation and beautiful baby! So many blues too! Merry Christmas Sally, to you and Johnny. Have a blessed week! Hugs, Anne

Anne Seltmann said...

Hi Sally!
A beautiful collection of pictures you show is decorated like you. Nice if everything is not so crowded. I like it a rather minimalist!

Congratulations to the little earthlings!

You dear Sally, I wish now Happy Holidays and all the best for the new year 2015!

My name is Riet said...

Wonderful happy post Sally.
Merry Christmas and happy Blue Monday

Little Wandering Wren said...

Happy Christmas Sally - yes I've got some blue Xmas decorations to share with you this week - love yours! My daughter graduated last week wearing a blue sash on her gown but I'm not organised to blog about it today! Looks like with graduations and new babies it's congratulations all round in your family!
Wren x

Anonymous said...

wow, congratulation Sally! Two celebrations during Crhsitmas time:) Love the packages in the grass.

Jim said...

A wonderful collection of blue.

Gerald (SK14) said...

your granddaughter shares my birthday - good wishes to her - tried to link but linky spat its dummy out again - love the hat on your shadow.

Margaret Birding For Pleasure said...

Wonderful news at the beginning and end of this post. Congratulations on both counts. the coloured presents are very festive.

Hazel said...

Congratulations to Ara. I love the sight of presents wrapped in blue, and I mean Christmas blue. How lovely to see your baby grandson, a cutie.

Gerald (SK14) said...

Thanks for fixing link - don't know why it never works for me - it wouldn't find a photo on the page - tried the option to load file from my computer - it found it but wouldn't load it.

Julie said...

Have a Merry Christmas and a happy Blue Monday.

Maria's Space said...

Awwww what a sweet little one. Congratulations to your whole family. So much going on with you guys in your neck of the woods.

Leovi said...

Great photos, I like the delicacy of these beautifuly blues! Merry Christmas in peace and much love!

Alexa said...

What an exciting holiday your family is having—Congratulations and best wishes to you and yours!

Debbie at Travel with Intent said...

So much blue:) and wonderful family news. Congratulations to all. Have a wonderful Christmas Sally.

Melbourne Australia Photos said...

Congratulations on your granddaughter's graduation and the new baby's arrival int eh family - quite a Christmas present! Thanks for hosting, Sally and have a Happy Christmas!

xinex said...

Yay, go Gators! My son is a gator too. Congrats and to the cute newborn too! Merry Christmas, Sally....Christine

DougPhoto2009 said...

Sally, Merry Christmas to you and Johnny and your family, especially to the Ara and Strider. Also, great blue Christmas finds. Thanks for sharing.

My Desktop Daily said...

Great news! All the best for the Festive Season, Sally!

Linda Kay said...

Such a lovely post, Sally. You must be so proud of your granddaughter, and the new baby is so sweet.

LV said...

You have right to be happy about your granddaughter and the new little one. One venturing out into the another world and one coming into a new one. Loved seeing all the yard decorations. Sorry, I have nothing up. May you have a healthy holiday season.

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Congrats on the new addition to the family!!

Thanks for hosting and wishing you a very Merry Christmas !!


Nanna said...

how can you be blue with that sweet blessing! congraulatons! I spied a lot of blue in your yard lol! wishing you a Merry Christmas!


joyh82 said...

Love the outside decorations and your new great grandson is so adorable.
What a big boy! Have a Merry Christmas!

Jeanne said...

Dearest Sally, Congratulations on two of the awesome blessings you have shared with us today. A great grandson has to be the best Christmas gift ever. I love the photo you shared. He is darling and so is Jenna. We are so very happy for you both.

Another granddaughter graduating from college. And...not just any college. Smiling here. We wish her much success in the future.

I forgot to tell you we received the disk from your Christmas program. We will watch it today. Thank you so much.

Last, the pics of your neighborhood Christmas decorations. The gift boxes was a great idea. Very festive indeed.

Have a wonderful Blue Monday.
Love, Jeanne

Chubby Chieque said...

Hello Dear Sally,

OMG! I really missed to link my post to join your party early this morning.

Luckily, I check my website and found out that I missed.

What a great Christmas present as a graduate. Lucky parents. Good Luck to all and of course your vicinity have a great decos.

Havea blessed Christmas Sally.

Ann said...

You are enjoying some special moments in your family with the new great grandbaby and the graduation!!!! I have those same lighted presents in my yard.

Jutta.K. said...

Dear Sally,
I wish you and your loved ones a peaceful and happy Christmas and a happy new year.
Greetings from Germany
♥ly Jutta

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, Sally!

Congrats on the new grandlittle! That is the sweetest picture. We have three new additions to our family this year. One little great great niece, one little boy cousin, and one little girl cousin named after Mr. Magpie's mom. It's been a bumper crop of babies! :-)

Love you and appreciate your well wishes. I am doing my best to stay stress free and have been having a low key Christmas. But it has kept us focussed on the real reason for the season. I hope yours was very merry, and me thinks it was with that cute little Christmas gift!


Sheila :-)