Monday, December 10, 2012

Children's Christmas Party 2012

Yesterday we treated our sons and DILs and grandsons to the Children's Christmas Party at Portland Yacht Club.  Each year the Commodore and his/her First Mate select the decorating theme and it was really pretty this year.  I especially loved the wooden dinghy filled with wrapped gifts.  The tree is tall and beautifully decorated.  Christmas music filled the great hall.
Each year there is a craft for the kids and this year they had little wooden sailboat parts and all 4 boys worked on making one.. with a lot of adult participation.  Grandpa helped, I did too, and our son Travis helped.  
Hayden proudly shows his finished sailboat, complete with a string of Christmas lights!   
I snapped a photo of Michael and Gabriel in front of the tree in the dining hall.
I especially liked the look of this wreath, hung from the rafters with the stars hanging down.   
This is the sailboat marina behind the clubhouse on the Columbia River.  Our boat, Stargazer, is 3rd from the end on the row on the left.  You can just barely see a speck of her black stern. 
Our table full of family is on the far left.. the great hall looks so festive! 
They have pages of color books for the kids and color crayons to use.  The boys and DILs had fun with those. 
I love how they decorated this antique ships model in a glass display box in the entry. 
And the huge ship's wheel above the crackling fire, with crossed oars tied with a big red ribbon. 
They had a balloon artist and here is Hayden's Christmas "Monster" hat.  The kids love his creations!
And then we heard jingle bells.. and Santa arrived!  Caleb and Hayden enjoyed their visit with him.  Hayden asked him for "World Peace".  :-) 
Hayden was pretty fascinated with Santa. :-) 
Gabe asked Santa for an iPad.. I'm not sure that Santa has an account with Apple. :-) 
The obligatory family photo.  :-)  Michael had his face painted.. he's not ordinarily green on the forehead and orange around the mouth. LOL! 
I hope they had a good time. I did!  Now, I'm off to my DAR meeting at the Red Lion in Portland.  More fun and gift exchanging.  I hope you're having a great holiday time!
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*M*E*R*R*Y* *C*H*R*I*S*T*M*A*S*!*
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((hugs)), Teresa :-) 


  1. Great fun! The decorations and activities were beautifully planned. Your monster did make me laugh out loud:) The more I enjoy your posts the more I am convinced they are an important part of the history of our time and especially a treasure for your family to enjoy now and for years to come. Thanks for posting, and letting us enjoy your chronicle, too, Teresa. xx from Gracie

  2. Wow the decorations were fantastic! I just love this time of year!

    My favorite photo was the family photo! I love seen a family all together!

  3. Such a lovely photograph of you all. The decorations were all beautiful. Anne x

  4. I guess the most touching thing about this post was your sweet grandson Hayden asking Santa for world peace. Give that boy an extra warm hug and a kiss on the forehead for me and all the other souls who pray for it as well. God Bless you Teresa and your family.
    (((HUGS))) Susanne ♥

  5. I love this annual family event. 'World Peace' how cute is that? I love the balloon hat and the face painting...why the green head and the orange mouth? Who or what was he? xxx

  6. Another fabulous weekend in the life of Teresa Kasner and crew. Great fun was had by all. Thanks for sharing in all your celebrations.

  7. Gorgeous pictures Teresa as always. World peace, what a beautiful little boy,
    and what we all want ♥

  8. What great fun! Loved the boat with gifts too!!!!
    Great pictures Teresa!!!
    xo Kris

  9. what fun this must have been! and I love the snowy picture :)


  10. Hi Teresa, Lots more fun for you guys. What a great time for the grandkids. They really cater to the children, that is so nice. Great photos and now off to another party. You go girl!!!

  11. Looks like everyone had a good time. I thought that ships wheel looked fabulous. Xoxox

  12. Looks like a great family time! Love the decorations!

  13. Nice holiday snaps! Love the decorations and the Christmas tree looks awesome! Have a nice day, Teresa:)

  14. A fabulous idea to make boats with the children, looks like s wonderful party and hope you all have a perfect Christmas hugs to all xx

  15. What a wonderful family outing. The grandkids looked so pleased with their boats. Enjoy all the festivities Teresa .
    Jane x

  16. Such fun! I love the club's decorations! Have a lovely day, Teresa :-) xxxx

  17. I love all the decorations...particularly the lights in the rafters and the wheel over the fire place.

  18. That's a great family picture! Looks like a fun time for the kids. Love your sweater! So festive.

  19. Wonderful. Looks like a fun time. The decorations were lovely. Like Melissa, I especially like the lights on the rafters.

  20. Such happy pictures, so sad about the mall tragedy in your area, thinking of you,

  21. Such joyful family times! The children's Christmas party looks such fun :)
    Have a lovely week, and keep cosy.
    Helen x

  22. Wow Teresa! your last days look amazing! you are certanly a busy lady!!
    I love the lime green in your walls, I love that color!
    The festivities and lunches and lights are always welcome and so much fun, some times a little drama!!
    The boat party looked pretty good and I can see how you all had a great time!! your little boys (and girls) are getting so big!!
    Keep enjoying!

  23. What a fun day, Teresa. I love the balloon hat- I want one! :)

    Love Abi x

  24. The boys definitely had fun. Those boats are great to ride during the holidays since sailing is one of the great bonding moments to have for some families. Cheers to more happy gatherings! :)


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