Christmas weekend in pictures . . .

 . . . with a few words thrown in.

   Like a kitten mesmerized by a dangling string, I’m drawn to the sight of dancing flames, sparkling lights . . .

    . . . and twinkling smiles!  DD and her girls arrived late afternoon on Christmas Day and left Sunday afternoon.

  But before they arrived, we were guests for Christmas day dinner at Candy and Johns’.

    Sometimes you “eat” and then sometimes you “dine”.   And the food and the company were as wonderful as the table was beautiful.  Thank you Candy and John!

Soon after we returned home, DD and her girls arrived.

That evening we exchanged gifts and just enjoyed being together.

         The youngest gift-giver, Mimi, gave me a very interesting gift.   Can you guess what it is?

            — it’s a very warm and cozy little muff with an ice scraper inside!

        I went to the garage to test it.  Perfect!  While I’m scraping my windshield, my hand will stay toasty warm.  I’ve never had one of those, but I know it will be very useful!

         This was my early morning breakfast on Saturday morning (as compared to my second breakfast that I ate hours later with my family!) eaten while admiring  gifts from my grandchildren (including the placemats!).

       When everyone else got up, we had bagels and cream cheese with the wonderful homemade grape jelly our next door neighbors Belinda and Mike gave us.  It is absolutely delicious.  If this were the grape jelly they served in restaurants, no one would ever ask for some other spread for their toast!

After breakfast, DD, Mimi and I went shopping to spend the money gift Mimi had received at her favorite store — the Disney Store.  She bought a glittery princess gown with matching crown, shoes and wand.  The key word there is glittery!  Let’s just say, even after a good going-over with the sweeper, our house still “sparkles”!  But, she looked darling in it (I can’t believe I didn’t think to take a picture of that!) and enjoyed it, so that’s what counts.  The little bit of glitter residue is temporary . . . the memories are forever.

When we returned from shopping, we all went to Cinema Grille for dinner and the Chipmunks movie.  Mimi wore her whole new outfit, including the wand, which she did understand had to be turned off during the movie.  I imagine, with her looking like a princess as she arrived at the theater, we must have looked like her serfs just tagging along behind.

I can also imagine that when the employees went to clean up the theater afterwards, they must have wondered at the sprinkles of “fairy dust” here and there.

         Next week is the birthday of the little giver of ice scrapers/princess.  So, when we returned home from the movie, and she changed into more dealing-with-food-approprite clothes, she supervised while I baked her a chocolate cake, her favorite.  And then she decorated it.  (Why yes, she had just drank some red fruit punch.  How did you guess?)

       It’s obvious she is her Nana’s girl (besides our shared love of “sparkle”) — she loves lots of color just like Nana does too!    She was very proud of how it turned out and said she thought it looked like stars and fireworks.  I think so too!

     On Sunday, we went out for lunch and then came back to the house to have birthday cake (and, of course, to give Mimi our presents, which I had bought at the Disney Store while her mom shopped with her over in the “sparkle” section) before they left for home.

      Then it began to snow in earnest and the forecast predicted more, so it was time for DD and the girls to leave.

   Already buckled into your seat in the back of Mom’s car, and then realize you didn’t get to kiss Papa good-bye?  Not a problem.  Papa will find a way to get to you for that good-bye kiss!

   Papa’s “little girl” made sure she got her good-bye kiss too!

    And they were off for their four hour drive home, which they completed safely.

That evening, after the snow quit, Hubby went out to plow and I went out to take some pictures.

   He worked . . .

    . . . while I played.  The neighborhood lights are lovely at night. 

   There are two of these concrete urns flanking the garage door that faces the street.  I put geraniums in them in the summer, but they look somewhat “naked” in the winter. 

   But about a month ago I saw this suggestion in an article on outdoor decorating — you put an evergreen wreath on top of an urn and put a big Christmas ball in the middle.  It was easy to do and I like the way our seasonally drab urns look “dressed up” for Christmas.

A fun weekend with friends and family.  I hope yours was the same.

19 Responses to Christmas weekend in pictures . . .

  1. Donna says:

    Your girls are beautiful. Looks like you had a great Christmas! Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  2. Kerry O says:

    You can see the laughter in your family’s eyes. It looks from your pictures like you had a wonderful weekend together! Merry Christmas!

  3. Belinda says:

    Visits are so sweet and so short. Glad that you were able to get together. The pictures are very nice. Happy that you liked the jelly. Your treats were wonderful. Thanks for posting the recipes. Come over any time and we will have some hot tea.

  4. Linda says:

    These are some of the best pictures ever of DD and the princesses! Mimi is so expressive. They’re all beautiful, and they all have Papa’s eyes.

  5. Tim King says:

    Thanks for posting these, Sandra. You have a beautiful family.

    We had a good holiday, too. All my brothers, their families, and mine all gathered at my parents’ place. So good to spend time with family, while we still can.

    -TimK

  6. Hilary says:

    What a gorgeous gaggle of girls you have.. including their glamorous Grandma! Lovely, cozy photos, Sandra. Everything looked so warm and wonderful.. just like you.

  7. Sandra says:

    Thank you, Donna!

    Kerry — Thank you. We DO laugh alot, so I’m glad it shows. When your grandchildren live out of town, it is always a treat when they visit — and it’s even nice when they bring their parents along! 🙂

    Belinda — Short and sweet is EXACTLY how I would describe their visit! We will have to get together soon for a cup of tea. That would be nice.

    Linda — I know, what’s wrong with this picture. Out of six grandchildren, there isn’t ONE with my brown eyes. I’m filing a grievance. 🙂

    I liked the picture I got of them too.

    Tim — Thank you for stopping by to “admire” my family — we nana’s really like that! 🙂

    You are very fortunate to be close enough to your brothers and parents to be able to get together. I’m sure you had a wonderful time. Of course, I wish our children lived closer too, but they don’t so we just have to make sure we have a realllllly good time when we DO get to visit!

  8. Sandra says:

    Thank you, Hilary. There just isn’t anything more heartwarming than hearth, home and family, is there? We had a great time, and I’m delighted that I got some great shots of them.

    btw, when you mentioned me and “warm” it reminded me of a bumper sticker DD said she just saw. It said, “I’m still ‘hot’, it just comes in flashes now!” So true, so true. 🙂

  9. Margaret says:

    A wonderful set of pictures! Thanks for sharing, your family is beautiful and looks happy to share holidays home! What a blessing you have been given!

    Maggie
    This Life Thru the Lens

  10. Sandra says:

    Margaret — Because both of our children and their families live out of town, we truly DO feel blessed when we get to spend time with some of them. It was a great but short weekend.

    And I hope that many generations from now my stories like this will be read by our many-greats-grandchildren and they will see happiness and love too, and see that as a part of their legacy. 🙂

  11. Candy says:

    The girls all just keep getting prettier and prettier!
    Looks like you all had a great time. We certainly enjoyed having you and Jim for dinner. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  12. Sandra says:

    Candy — Thank you for your kind comment about the girls and, again, thanks so much for such a special meal on Christmas Day! Happy New Year, friend — see you next week/year! 🙂

  13. C. Beth says:

    What a WONDERFUL Christmas!

    I think a neighbor who gives you homemade grape jelly is worth keeping around.

    And the Christmas wreath/ball/urn is such a cute idea!

  14. Sandra says:

    Beth — Amen! Belinda is also the one who came over last year and got me started on my sewing machine so that I could make the towel thingys I wanted to give as gifts at Christmas! And her husband, Mike, is always willing to watch our house while we’re gone, or in fact help with just about anything. We DEFINITELY won the good-neighbor lottery! 🙂

  15. Julie says:

    Looks like you all had a wonderful time together! All those girls (including DD) get more and more beautiful each time you post new pictures of them! I hope they are all doing well and I’m glad you had an opportunity to create more precious memories with them.
    Happy New Year Aunt Sandy and Uncle ‘Hubby!’ May this new year bring you peace, good health and happiness!
    Much love to you all,
    Julie

  16. mrs4444 says:

    These really made me smile, but the pic of you with your granddaughters choked me up–so sweet. I’ll bet you miss them when they’re not there with you.

  17. Sandra says:

    Thank you, Julie. Love you too. Aunt Sandy

    Mrs. Fours — We have never had grandchildren who lived in the same town with us, so while we really do enjoy it when we get to spend time with them, we don’t really “miss” seeing them more often, because we have never had that luxury! But, we know a couple who had four grfandchildren here in town, and then their son and his wife became missonaries and their family moved to another country! Now, those grandparents MOURNED not seeing their grandchildren every few days, because they were USED to having them close. So, I guess we’re “lucky” in sort of a backward way. As the saying goes, “You cann’t miss what you never had.” We’ve learned to just savor the moment.

  18. Amy O says:

    What a beautiful Christmas weekend! Great pictures with great people! Happy Birthday Princess Mimi! I can just picture her in her gown going to the movie. 🙂

  19. Sandra says:

    Thank you, Amy. Mimi was very regal! 😉

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