I was going to show pictures of the gathering at my house for Thanksgiving dinner, but, alas, I was too busy being the hostess to remember to take pictures. Take my word for it - the food was great, and the fellowship was delightful.
Today I decided I needed to get some decorating done because, as I've told you, we're leaving two weeks from today for our anniversary trip, and I need to do some entertaining next week-end before we leave. I managed to get both trees put together, one completely decorated, and the other about 3/4 done.
There's a big mess that I'm not showing, but I hope to get it cleaned up tomorrow. In the midst of the decorating marathon, we headed for Estes Park for their annual Christmas parade. We haven't done this since the kids were little - at least 25 years or more. We decided to go this year while my brother and his family were here - they went for a mild hike with DC then headed back to get me and head for the hills. It was COLD - much colder at that altitude than down here, where it was cold enough. I took pictures, but none of them turned out very well. The moon was full, the drive up and back was beautiful, the streets up there were lined with white-lighted trees, the parade was okay. I guess I'm not such a fan of parades after all. But we had fun being together, and the trip back down felt very good in the warm, cozy car. Last time we went, so many years ago, there were just a few of us at the event. Obviously, it has been well marketed - there were thousands lining the streets. But it was not the caliber of Pea's parade up there in Ontario!
My brother's family has now headed back to Oklahoma, driving all night after a very full two days here. They always cram in as much fun as they possibly can when they come to visit.
Did you ever break something you really liked?? I had one special bowl that I always used for my 7-layer salad, especially for holidays. I got it from my dear MIL for Christmas years ago. The other day, after our International dinner at church, which I wrote about last week, where I took Glorified Rice in this lovely bowl, I had it in the sink when a freak occurrence caused my crock pot to fall into the sink and destroy my favorite serving piece.
Isn't that just the saddest sight?? I'm sure some of my blogging friends out there could find something to replace it at a thrift shop. I need to check some out.
Did you ever have a dream where you were in the middle of a huge problem and you didn't know how you were going to solve it? Suddenly, you realize you need to get up and go down the hall, and when you do you realize it was a dream, and it's such a relief! Wouldn't it be great if we could solve our real problems so easily?
Recently one of my nieces indicated that she thought Care Bear's kindergarten picture looked a lot like her Grandma Dawn. I looked up my school picture at about the same age. See what you think:
The other day Kristen asked me to take a picture of her in her present state of pregnant-ness. Here she is at 26 weeks - with about 3 months left to go. I don't know how she's going to stand up straight in a few more weeks. She did a post showing herself at the end of the other two pregnancies, as compared to this one. Check it out, if you have time and are interested.
Have a blessed week-end!