Well it's December the 19th and we are just a few days away from the big day. I feel somewhat like I've been celebrating since before Thanksgiving, which I guess in a way we have been! lol. Seriously I know everyone feels differently about decorating and "doing" for Christmas which I think is only obvious. We are all soo different and each have to do what suits us best. I love the decorations and the feel of having my house all "decked out" so the longer it is up the better for me. Maybe some day I'll analyze why it is that I do, but for now I will just enjoy it. We set our tree up in the living room of this home, which is where my comfy recliner chair is as well as where I sit to do a great many things....My devotional time, talking on the phone, computer and blogging time, reading etc., you get the idea. Come early evening or even late afternoon, I go to our family room where the TV etc. is, and that's where I usually spend the rest of my day. My point being, I don't get much opportunity to look or enjoy the tree in the evenings etc. Or of course during the time of the day that I am sitting at my sewing machine or work table. Soooo I told hubby to set the timer for the tree lights for 6:00 AM and to leave them on ALL day until 10:00 pm so that I can enjoy them all day long while I am sitting in this room. I leave them on at night even though we are not in there because you can see our tree through the window at the front of our home. Anyway, it was one of my more brilliant ideas as I have SOOO enjoyed the tree this year. The other morning it was pouring rain and it was a chilly 48 degrees (especially fun for So. California) and so I had hubby light me a big fire before he left for work to enjoy for a while too. Can't tell you how I enjoyed it. Here was my view....
|HERE WAS MY VIEW FROM MY CHAIR....LOVED IT|
sorry to those of you who follow me on social media and have already seen this!
Last Thursday I met my lifetime girlfriend Cindy at our favorite place for lunch and exchanged our gifts. I am imagining there might come a day when we stop doing this, but we have been doing it for SOOOO many years it wouldn't seem quite like the holiday's if we didn't. It was it's usual wonderful time. We sat there for well over 2 hours, so it wasn't our imagination when we started getting "the eye" from our waitress, lol. I was struck again how much I appreciate her friendship and the times we've spent together since we were but 9 years old. Only my sisters know me as well. Anyway, honestly the rest of my week was spent not doing a whole lot. I did manage to finish up all my shopping, but I've still got a little wrapping to do. Most of the gifts I give are home made, and that's why my sewing is soooo frantic for a while there, but it has cut WAY down on shopping, except for trips to the fabric store etc. We do buy toys for most of our grandkids as well which is always enjoyable and helps their parents out some, but that is usually not to difficult to do. The older grandkids and my kids get money, which suits them as well as makes it easy for us. I like it when I have the majority of my sewing out of the way by Thanksgiving (which considering I give the bulk of them then I have to be done, lol) because it frees me up in December to mainly just enjoy the gatherings and the special events. I do have an outfit for Capri to make, and a pair of pj's for Vinny, but that's about it. Neither one of those projects should take much more then an hour or so to do, so it makes it seem like I haven't really got much of anything at all to do. I am pre-shrinking the fabric as I type this, so hopefully I will get Vinny's pj's made up this afternoon.
Capri celebrated her birthday this week-end. She is already 12 years old! Time goes sooo fast I can hardly believe this. She had a little party with her girlfriends, and received a karaoke machine from her parents. I don't have to say much more I am sure. 12 year old girls and a karaoke machine only equals fun...
|TALLER ALREADY THEN HER MAMA BY 3 INCH|
|KATIE AND LINDSEY AFTER THE SHOW BACKSTAGE|
Then! we went back to our house so Katie could quickly change her clothes, and headed down to Claremont to the Candlelight Pavillion to have dinner and see their annual Christmas musical play. We have been doing this for years and years (since Melody was 3 years old) and it is one of our most fun holiday traditions. Since Melody married and moved away we trade off taking a couple of grandkids with us each year. They do have matinee's too which makes it much easier on the little ones, but naturally with the older girls we went to one of their evening performances. It was as always HIGHLY entertaining, and the food was it usual scrumptious self too. It was a little different this year in that the play was a comedy, which worked out really well having the older girls for too as they really enjoyed this.
|KATIE, HUBBY AND LINDSEY|
Lindsey was wearing the dress I made her for homecoming which was adorable on her!
|MY TURN WITH THE GIRLS|
|POSING WITH THE BIRTHDAY GUY|
|THE GIRLS MADE THE EVENING FUN|
too many steps and no hand rail for me to go up there to jump into this pic too, lol
Just some more fun holiday pics...
|CLAIRE HELPING WITH CLEAN UP, LOL, AND SPORTING THE LITTLE GINGERBREAD OUTFIT I MADE HER, SHE'S ADORABLE AND GETTING SOO BIG!|
|MELODY AND THE KIDS AT THEIR LITTLE LOCAL MALL (NOT REALLY A MALL, LOL) ON THEIR WAY TO GET SANTA CLAUS PICTURES|
|AND THIS YEARS PIC...CLARE WAS NOT FEELING IT, LOL|