I did manage to finally finish up that apron on Monday, and put together 3 different ornaments for my friend as well. On Tues I met her for lunch and we had just a wonderful time IN SPITE of the fact it was pouring rain which made the traffic and the parking way worse then it would have been even though it was Dec. the 22nd., and it was very chilly for So. California. Don't think it got much over 55 that day. We lingered for a couple of hours, exchanged our gifts, and enjoyed every little minute we spent together. I left there and drove home where I met my hubby and freshened up a bit and we headed over to my youngest sister's house. My hubby had decided he would just hang out with my sister's husband and son that night while we were gone so I wouldn't have to drive over alone in the rain and dark. I've mentioned more then once I think that he is a definite keeper...grin. Anyway, my sister and her daughter Katie treated me to dinner at the Cheesecake Factory and then we went and saw the Nutcracker that is put on by the school where Katie has studied ballet for the last several years. She is VERY talented, and LOVE LOVE LOVES ballet. Anyway, we had a VERY fun night and I enjoyed ever minute of that too. Her apron could not have fit her better and looked absolutely adorable on her. Let me show you...
|HERE'S WHERE IT FASTENED IN THE BACK. THOSE PEPPERMINT BUTTONS THEY FOUND WERE JUST ADORABLE!|
|THE HEARTS FIT RIGHT OVER HER TINY HIPS PERFECTLY, AND I WAS MIGHTY GRATEFUL, LOL SHE IS SOO TINY AND CUTE [4FT. 11 IN. MAYBE NINTY FIVE POUNDS!] THAT IT MADE IT EVEN CUTER ON HER!|
|I MADE HER TURN AROUND SO YOU CAN SEE HOW FAR IT WRAPPED AROUND IN THE BACK, AND HOW THE SHOULDERS STRAPS CROSSED|
|PRETTY MUCH THE ONLY PICTURE I TOOK WAS RIGHT BEFORE PRESENTS...|
|ONE OF THE OUTFITS WE GOT DONATELLA....SHE WORE IT THE NEXT DAY TO CHRISTMAS DINNER AT HER OTHER GRANDMOTHER'S HOUSE, SO HER MOM SENT ME A PIC OF HER IN IT. SOO CUTE! SHE LOVED THE FRINGE!|
We slept in [for us!] clear until 7:30 on Christmas morning and had another big breakfast and long leisurely morning before we showered and dressed and headed over to my oldest son's house for Christmas dinner and gift exchange time with their family and also my middle son John and his wife who joined us there as well. It was just such a good day. It was relaxing and wonderful and we both enjoyed every minute of it. I will tell you truthfully it is VERY nice that my DIL's are such good cooks and hostesses that I really don't do much of anything anymore on our get togethers. I brought pie and cupcakes to both houses, but that was about the extent of my contributions, and I sat in a chair and enjoyed the grands and conversations with my kids is about all I really did once I got there. Again, I took VERY few pictures [not sure how this happened again!] but I guess I was just busy living the moments. Let me show you the couple I did get....
|SIX YEAR OLD CODY'S PRESENTS THIS YEAR WERE ALL ABOUT STAR WARS, LOL HERE HE IS A STORM TROUPER WITH R2D2, LOL. HE WAS SOO CUTE ON THE DAY!|
|WE GOT HIM A REMOTE CONTROLLED SHIP THAT ACTUALLY FLEW AROUND THE YARD. TOOK A WHILE TO FIGURE EVERYTHING OUT, BUT IT WORKED PRETTY GOOD!|
|SON JOHN, HUBBY, JOE, CODY AND R2D2 AND CP3O, LOL OH AND DARTH VADOR TOO!|
Then on Sat. Dec. twenty sixth we headed out to the wedding reception for my niece and her new husband Mike. I will be honest and say I was a little tired and might have preferred a day or so at home doing not much of anything at all, but there was no way I was missing a chance to see my brother and his WHOLE family when there are just not that many opportunities to do so anymore. He lives in Arizona where two of his sons also live, and then my niece Crystal and her family live in Washington. It was SUPER SUPER windy, cold day and we drove through quite the dust storm getting there. When we arrived their power had just gone out, but it was back on about an hour later so it was OK. Again, the food, the company, the conversation ALL just couldn't have been better and we had a wonderful, wonderful time. I just snapped a couple of pictures there too....though I didn't even get one of my brother or his wife or one of his sons....sigh. Just kind of bombed on the picture taking this year. Anyway, here is what I have...
|NEPHEW DANNY AND NIECE CRYSTAL.....HOW I MISS THESE TWO BEING AROUND MUCH ANYMORE!|
|CRYSTAL AND HER HUBBY MIKE AND THEIR DAUGHTER KATELYNN|
|SWEET LITTLE CLAIRE|
|FIRST CHRISTMAS FOR THIS LITTLE ELF, LOL|
|ON THE 23RD THEIR LITTLE FAMILY RODE THE POLAR EXPRESS OUT OF LUBBOCK FOR FUN...THE BOYS WERE SOO EXCITED! CLAIRE ENJOYS WHATEVER THE BOYS ARE DOING, LOL|
|WATCHING OUT THE WINDOW OF THE TRAIN|
|THE BOYS ARE ENJOYING THE SNOW TODAY!|
Well this is ridiculously long so I will end it for now. But at least I am all caught up with not much planned until after the New Year so this should be the last long post for a while. Hope you all have a good week...many blessings to you all! Debbie