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Friday, November 27, 2015

Christmas, Christmas time is here........

Yes, I've got the Chipmunk's song playing away in my head...thankfully it is not on the Pandora station or I'd really be doomed!

So today we're doing it.  Bring on the Christmas decorations!  Boom.
I'm feeling a bit late to the game, since it seems that quite a few people are now decorating BEFORE Thanksgiving.  Do you?!  I know it was late this year, and all, but still.  I feel that the turkey deserves his day to shine.  Perhaps that will change as the years go by?  Never say never, I guess!!

It pretty much rained non-stop all day.  Perfect to stay inside and get our Christmas on.  The girls were troopers--cleaning, carrying, helping organize and setting up.  The two of them basically put up the tree by themselves.  J was just there acting as a guide--ha!  My bet is that by next year, they will have it totally under control!
It is always fun to stop and read the Christmas books.  Especially Elf on the Shelf...Cupcake could be coming back at any time!!!  Stay tuned.
The Little People nativity set is always a hit too.  Setting it up.  Re-arranging it.  Acting out the Christmas story.  Pressing the angel on top of the manager so that 'Away in a Manger' plays--ad nauseam--majorly annoying your sister.  Good times.
By dinnertime everyone was pooped and I hardly wanted to think about what to prepare.  So I let my fingers do the walking and Chinese food it was.  And if you know my crew, you know that no one complained one bit.
We ended the night in my most favorite way.  Champagne on the couch with my favorite guy at one end and the lights twinkling in the background.
It's the most beautiful time of the year!

Stuffed...Thanksgiving re-cap

Well.  We got our turkey on (most of us, anyway) and gobbled until we literally wobbled!  Ugh--too.much.food!!

We started our Thanksgiving morning much the same as other Americans, I'm sure.  Pouring through the circulars.  Not because we hit the Black Friday sales but because neither of the girls had made their Christmas lists for Santa.  This was the perfect place to start.
Ah, the peace and quiet with a side of chaos, while J and I finished reading the paper.
Then it was time to head out to visit Grandma and Grandpa.  No holiday feast is complete with out the required hors d'oeuvres.  And a photo bomb.  In our family, it is the buffalo chicken wing dip--always, and I threw in a brie with cranberries and pistachios into the mix for an added choice.  Yum!
There were lots of silly antics with the cousins.
A bit of parade watching.
Superhero memory.  Lots of superhero memory.
And tons of snuggles, cuddles, kisses and hugs.  It is Thanksgiving, after all, and what better way to let those around you know how thankful you are for them, than by smothering them in love?!
#thankful #blessed
The feast.  Delicious.  Nap-inducing (which quite a few us did partake in, I must admit).
After we finally dragged ourselves out of our chairs, we took a walk on the beach.  The wind was from the South, so there was lots of sand and it was crazy warm for this time of year.
This guy.  His favorite place is by the water.  Love him so much.  God knew what He was doing when He brought us together.
And just like that, it was time to head for home.  We had such a lovely Thanksgiving--family, love, laughter, food, shelter.  Such simple things but such BIG things too.  I don't ever want to take them for granted.

This is what followed us home.  Beautiful!!  Can you see how the Lake is just illuminated by the moon's light?  It was that bright.  Just another visible, tangible reminder that God is so good.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

 Sending you warm Thanksgiving hugs, from our family to yours.
Gobble 'til you wobble!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Science Fair

The Noodle entered into her school's science fair.  It wasn't a competition, just a chance for the children to work through the scientific process.
There were so many options...it was hard for her to decide!  Eventually she decided upon the question "Which will rot faster--an organic or non-organic apple?"  She had a great time documenting the rotting process by taking pictures.  Ha!
Afterwards, we hit up the local ice-cream shop.  We all got the children's size sundaes.  They are still re.donk.u.lous.
But let me tell you.  That hot fudge.  Enough said.
We rolled home.

By the way, in case you were wondering, organic apples decompose MUCH faster than non-organic apples.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Celebrating 90 years of amazing!

Whew! 90 years old!!  That's what we celebrated this past weekend--my Nana turning 90 (actually right around Thanksgiving...but still--impressive, no?!)

ALL of the family gathered back together to celebrate the life of Nana.  The best place to start?  At an (almost) family restaurant.  Bring it!
The girls were in their glory because Aunt C and Uncle were able to drive 7 hours to join in the fun.
Next it was back to my Uncle's house for cake, champagne, toasts and laughter.  Um, I could get use to this!  Ha!
I mean, hello?!, gorgeous table, gorgeous house.  
On Sunday, Nana was taken to and from church in style.  A '54 Caddy isn't a shabby way to tool around town, is it?!  The girls thought it was pretty fab too!
For lunch, the extended family all met up at the country club.  My mom's cousins were there so it was quite a bit bigger than the day before, but the focus was still the same.  Celebrating Nana.
Everyone stood up and talked about how Nana had touched their lives.  Some talked about how she always makes anyone feel welcome in her home--such a hostess and so gracious.
Others talked about how her mantra has always been "if you have to do something, do it graciously" and how that impacted them.
We are so blessed to have Nana as the matriarch of the family.    Everyone who meets her is touched by her loving kindness.  She is like the energizer bunny and just keeps on going!
Nana with her five children.
Nana with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren
Since we're all spread apart so far, it is great to have these types of activities to get re-centered again.  It was a wonderful weekend to laugh and enjoy family.    
Here's to a wonderful woman that we all get to call Nana!