Monday, December 1, 2008

Merry SITSmas!


Those fabulous gals over at SITS are having a fun filled holiday extravaganza today. It's a whole day of fun and cheer and amazing hourly give aways with the grand prize winner receiving a $200 gift card to Target and being Friday's featured blogger. How totally awesome is that? That's right...a whole day of prizes from all sorts of places.
So what is SITSmas all about? It's not just about all the fantastic prizes, but it's about sharing this holiday season with all our SITStas, of course. So here's me sharing what the holidays mean to me.
Family. Family comes in many shapes and sizes. There's my online friends that I consider family and then there's my actual family.


Okay so it's probably not what you expected. I usually have pictures of my kids, but believe it or not I actually have a mother (I'm not like my 12yo I don't have a problem admitting it), and a father and 5 brothers and a sister --all older than me. Yes, I'm the baby. Last year, for Christmas ,we all got together. This was the first time we were all together in over 25years. Can you imagine not having all your siblings together, at the same time, for so long? Can you imagine being a mom and not having your kids together at the same time for so long? This was our Christmas gift to our mother. We all tried to bring our individual families with us and that's what this looked like.
We were only missing four kids and two significant others in this picture. 22 out of 28 isn't so bad, right? Talk about a crazy few days. For some of the kids it was the first time they met any of their cousins, and for some it was just their first time meeting any of us. We commemorated the occasion by having a whole heck of a lot of pictures taken. Now that we've covered my biological family, what about my online friends or SITStas. Some of my favorite places to hang out these days are on the fantastic blogs I find through SITS. Places like Sunshine and Lemonade. Kat is always reading the best books and having fun with the ladies in the "Mommy Blabber Club". Anna at Life Just Keeps Getting Weirder is always there when you're having a grey day. Have you heard about her sleep-tennising problem? If you're looking for a cute tushy then look no further than that sweet Nanny over at Nanny Goats in Panties. If you're nice I bet she'd tell you a story about band camp. When you need some inspiration you need to look no further than Jyll at Never a Dull Moment. She has NINE children!! The woman has to be a saint. Then there is another sort of inspiration that I get from Christie at Pretty Paper Blog. She is so amazingly talented! Of course my day is never complete unless I stop by and see Heather and Tiffany over at The Secret is in the Sauce. They are the real masterminds behind this whole sisterly love thing called SITS. They got together and created an entire army of comment junkies, and without them a lot of us wouldn't have comments on our blogs or have all these amazing SITStas. So today I'm celebrating SITSmas, and my online friends that I've made. Ya'll are awesome and I consider myself lucky to be able to call myself your stalker.
Happy SITSmas!!!

77 comments:

Rachael said...

Merry SITSmas! I absolutely love the baby stocking picture. How totally adorable. I also love the concept - we find our family where we find them, whether it's in our jeans or not.

Kelsey said...

Merry SITSmas!
I love my online family too, aren't they the greatest?

Saundra@An Italian Mama Gone Crazy said...

Oh... what great pictures!

Merry Sitsmas!

Tiffany said...

This is such an awesome post!

That picture is ADORABLE!

Merry SITSmas!!

jori-o said...

Merry SITSmas! What a great present for your mom last year!!

tam said...

Have a happy merry SITSmas!
~Tam :)

Shannon said...

Great SITSmas post! Have a good day!

WheresMyAngels said...

The Pretty Paper Blog is one of my favorites too. I'm waiting for Christine to get some Christmas mini albums up.

Happy holidays.

Mamarazzi said...

Merry SITSmas!!

come enter my giveaway too!! fun stuff!

Nanny Goats In Panties said...

Awwww, how cute is that baby in the stocking???

Ho Ho Ho Merrrrrrrrrrrrry SITSmas!

And if there's anybody that deserves the $200 grand prize, it's me - oops! I mean you!

- Margaret

cat said...

Merry SITSmas! What a stunning gift to your mom (And to each other). Ifind the older I get the more I value family.

Michelle said...

Great card and hey....Santa is part of your family??

LORI said...

I LOVE YOUR PICTURES, BEAUTIFUL FAMILY TO CHERISH! HAVE A VERY MERRY SITSMAS!

Tracy P. said...

*whispering* How cute! I love that you scroll down and get to the punch line. What a wonderful family!

Blessings to you this Christmas season!

Valerie said...

Merry SITSmas! What a cute little stocking.

tara @ kidz said...

That card is absolutely priceless! I hope that really is the card you're sending out - it's perfect! Have a merry Christmas!!!

Nicole said...

Merry SITSmas!

Jamie said...

Ha, love that baby pic...and cute fam! Happy day to you :-)

Anna Lefler said...

Merry SITSmas! And thanks so much for the sweet shout-out... I'm thankful to count you among my bloggy friends, too!

Wishing you a holiday season that's filled with nothing but peace and joy...

XO

Anna

Supercool Hotmama said...

How fun to see your whole family! (You have some serious Santa potential there!) Have a great SITSmas!

Felicia Eis said...

Love The Top Picture!!

MERRY SITSmas!!!!

flickrlovr said...

What a sweet post, and what a beautiful family you have (in real life AND online of course).

Merry SITSmas!

ciara said...

merry SITSmas, to you & your family! :)

sandy said...

Merry SITSmas! Your family is fabulous:)

Liz said...

Merry SITSmas!!! What great pics of your family!!

georgie said...

stoppin in to say Merry SITSmas

Kristen said...

Merry SITSmas!
What great family photos

Becky Welch said...

CUTE CUTE CUTE baby card! I love the big family pic as well. Those are priceless!!! Merry SITSmas and may your comments be many today!

Midwest Mommy said...

Very cute card! The baby is adorable.
Merry Sitsmas!

HeatherY said...

Merry SITSmas! Thanks for sharing all of the wonderful pics!

Rebecca Jo said...

Merry SITSmas!!! I love our blogging community! Hope you have a great Holiday season!

Diane said...

The baby is precious. And the card is too funny!

Merry SITSmas!

Kristin said...

Merry SITSmas to you. Your family is beautiful.

Megan said...

Merry SITSmas!

Shelley said...

Merry SITSmas.

Kelly Deneen said...

I love the card, of course! And I love the family pics too. How amazing that you were able to spend the holidays together like that! Merry SITSmas!

Jenners said...

Merry SITSmas! What a great holiday card! I didn't know Santa was part of your family! (The guy with the long white hair in the photo, in case you don't know what I'm talking about). I'll have to come back and check you out more on a less busy day!

nikkicrumpet said...

Merry SITSMAS! I love the picture of the baby in the stocking...too cute! And it was fun seeing your whole family. My mom has the same problem getting us all together at the same time. I have a brother in Alaska, I'm in New England, and a brother in Utah...My mom lives in Arizona. Needless to say it's tough to all get together!

Kristy said...

Merry SITSmas!

mydogumentary said...

Merry Sitsmas! Great pictures! Hope you have a great holiday season!

ella said...

40 comments?! you go girl!
The advent calendar with tasks is inspired! I will have to remember that one.

Knit Purl Gurl said...

Beautiful family!! Merry SITSmas!!

Brandy said...

What a great card! Merry SITSmas to you!

Natalie said...

A very Merry SiTSmas to you!

Beautiful family :)

rachael said...

merry SITSmas!

blueviolet said...

Merry SITSmas! The baby in the stocking is too cute! Have fun today!

Jen Sue Wild said...

Great family Pic!!
Merry SITSmas To all..

Annie said...

Great card! Merry SITSmas to you!

Trying to Stay Calm! said...

I am new here! What a great blog :) ♥ Hugs!

Kat said...

Look at all your comment love!!

And I love all the family pictures. I can't imagine that it was 25 years since you had all been together. Wow.

The Blonde Duck said...

Merry SITSmas! It looks like you'll have a wonderful SITSmus of your own!

Michele said...

Looks like we like the same blogs. Nice to meet ya!

Keeper of the Skies Wife said...

Merry SITSmas!!

Love the baby in the stocking!

Letti said...

I love your card it is adorable. Merry SITSmas!

Karol said...

Merry SITSmas!

Kathleen said...

Merry SITSmas!

Zen Ventures said...

Such a lovely family! Merry Sitsmas!!!

Mikki Black said...

Merry SITSmas! (shhh.merrysitsmas.)

Christina said...

Merry Sitsmas! Love your picture!

Michaela said...

Wow I bet your mom was soo happy last year!! Merry SITSmas!!

momma said...

precious picture. princess was a christmas time baby and we have a stocking like that from the hospital for her. your picture brought back happy memories for me.

merry christmas sitsta!

Janah @ So Not Mom-a-licious said...

I am so jealous! I tried so hard to get Santa to come to my house for the family picture! But he looks great in yours!
Merry SITSmas!

Carrie said...

Merry SITSmas!!

How amazing to get THAT many of you all together!!

We have a big family too and it's so hard to get everyone together.

Kelli @ Gohn Crazy said...

How great of a gift for your mother. I bet she was overwhelmed with joy. Merry SITSmas!

Vickie said...

Merry SITSmas!! I love that baby picture. So Sweet.

Denise said...

What a sweet gift for you mother! Merry SITSmas!

The Wife O Riley said...

Merry SITSmas to you and your family (or families)!!

The Wife O Riley said...

Merry SITSmas to you and your family (or families)!!

jewelstreet said...

You have such a big wonderful family!

Merry SITSmas! Thanks for stopping by the ol blog.

feather k said...

great layout...and the baby pic is simply beautiful! happy holidays!

The Acting Mom said...

You WILL wake the baby! I know! I have a 4 month old!
Happy SITSmas!

Ashley said...

Merry SITSmas!!

Yaya said...

Aw!
Merry SITSmas!

Carla said...

I can't think of a better Christmas present! Merry SITSmas to you and yours:) (and don't wake the baby;)

Wolf said...

wow! how fun to get your family all together like that! we try for a huge family gathering every year, but as people have spread out across the country more, it not really feasible to travel so far for a one day event. we keep trying though!

love your pictures!

Just say Julie said...

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Such a fun looking family.. I just love getting everyone together!

AndreaLeigh said...

I'm a little late with this, but Merry SITSmas!