Tuesday, December 6, 2016

First Days of the Holiday Season

The tree is up. With Christmas music playing in the background as I decorate the tree, I'm reminiscing of the ornaments from the past 40 years. It got kinda sappy  with all the reminiscing and stuff. 
 

It's time to pass the kids personal ornaments on to them. The Hallmark's "Baby's First Christmas" from the 80's presented to them by an aunt on each of their first Christmas. Each an angel ornament from their early daycare years Christmas party.  And a few other individual ornaments from their young days.

The stockings are hung, the candles are out, the Nativity scene is set, and one of my favorite Santa and Rudolph sets are ready. They're all old and have been used every Christmas for years. Rudolph's tail is broken. 


The first party of the Christmas season to attend was an engagement party. Though, not Christmas themed, it was beautiful for Trent and Natalie with tree lights, fire pit, good gumbo, family and friends. 


Me, Natalie, Trent. 


Shopping is 75% completed. Waiting on the UPS and FedEx guys to deliver. I got a little carried away sitting on the couch in pj's shopping online. I miss the hustle and bustle of the stores and malls during the holiday season. So will have to make a trip to the mall to get my hustle and bustle and last minute items. 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Thanksgiving

There was the traditional food and family on Thanksgiving Day with thankful hearts for all our blessings.

A yearly duplicate picture of sisters is taken. Same girls. Same pose. Same background. A year older. 


Outside games of sidewalk chalk and remote control racing. Swinging on the swings.  Inside relaxation with the newspapers' Black Friday shopping sales for all the girls. 

Evening comes. People slowly depart car by car. Thankful for all who came. 



 

Friday, November 25, 2016

Pre-Thanksgiving

School's out for Thanksgiving Week (aka: fall break). My job of course is MawMaw Daycare.

So the week is going something like this:

1) Not only are there three little ones, but there are four dogs between the two houses we spend our days at. 


2) One house has a Christmas tree in progress.


3) Everyday had been a beautiful weather day which makes for good use of the outdoors.



4) We helped and watched one of the dads start to decorate the Christmas scene outside. 


5) It's getting to look a lot like Christmas after we do Thanksgiving....













Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Dancing

Time flies by. We just attended a first dance recital this past summer and now a mid year class dance showcase was performed.

It was a little behind schedule as friends and family of the dancers lined up waiting  to file in on the coldest day of the season so far. 


We took our seats and waited for the showcase to begin. 


Tiny feet making almost all the moves!
But she was loving every second of the two minute routine.


A large group of the baby ballerinas dressed in pink and dancing to This Little Light of Mine. 


The grand finale' with the all the dancers putting on a little show. 


Great job little Dancer!









Saturday, November 19, 2016

....a lot like Christmas

"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go...." Santa seems to be coming to town for Thanksgiving. The mall has Santa's picture place ready and waiting. 


And there's Christmas music and Christmas sales, and Christmas decorations everywhere. 



 

 

Monday, November 14, 2016

I saw the moon

The great big moon was bright and big just like the news said it would be. 
 
Last time there was a     Moon was in 1948. Then now in 2016. The next time will be in 2034. That's in eighteen more years. So hopefully I'll get to see it twice in my lifetime. Hopefully I'll live to be eighty. That's when the big bright moon will show up again. 


The blue shape in the picture must be a planet or something. It shows up in every shot I took. 
 


 

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Back to Halloween

I have to post a few trick-or-treat pictures. 

A dirt bike racer racing from house to house for treats to fill his pumpkin bag.


Along with his ninja partners in the neighborhood. 


And super girls in their quest for treats. 


With a few lit up jack-o-lanterns in the night.


Making their way through the streets.


The best way to end the evening is checking out your bucket full of goods.



 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, November 7, 2016

The little ones are so busy these days. I spent one day engaged in watching them do what they like.

A stop at the dirt bike track in their neighborhood to watch my little dirt bike rider. He's all about practice, practice, practice for his first big race.


All decked out in his practice racing gear - helmet, gloves, boots, chest protector, race pants. The shirt was from me, but you can't see.  It's a perfect dirt bike rider screen print that matches his bike color and racing number. 


These two were in a Halloween pageant with beauty dress and a Halloween theme outfit. Its a Sunburst Preliminary with chance to proceed to the state level and then the national level.


 The Halloween theme was a fun dress up part of the pageant. The little one was a pirate skull outfit. Complete with the pirate eyepatch in the form of the headband.



 She won queen in the 2/3 year old division. She kept saying she only wanted a trophy. She got her trophy and a crown.


The older one was a Halloween bat. With arm gloves that could fly as bat wings


She won queen in the 4/5 year old division and a few side awards. She likes the stage.




 
All are so little with so much energy. 



Friday, November 4, 2016

Self Day

On a day, all alone, a shopping I did go on a beautiful weather day at a local small mall.

Bath and Body works pulled me in with their huge sign "Hand Soaps $3". I was actually out and desperately did need more counter pump soap. And at more than half off the original price. And a $10 off coupon to use toward my next purchase when I begin Christmas gift shopping.


I have no family or friends who like Rue21.  But I always fund some hot item at a hot price when I stop in there. And today was a great day to shop there. "Booties". Buy one get one $10. So a black one and a tan one.


I'm going for this new hot look.



Then to keep in the current holiday mood, I purchased turkey greeting cards. Five just alike to use for a turkey hunting game on Thanksgiving Day.


And if you want to know about lunch? I drove through Popeye's.  I accidentally ordered without a drink. Then at the pickup window I asked if I could add a drink. The girl  was super sweet. She gave me the drink free. Ummm, it seems to be too confusing to add a drink at the pickup window when you already paid at the first window. Thank you very much!


Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Last Two Days of Vacation

The weather is gorgeous. So is the scenery. We're spending the last two days of vacation in camping mode to enjoy a slower pace than the hustle of being in tourist mode.

We've been at Bear Cove Village RV Resort for a week now. It's one of the prettiest settings of RV Resorts we've passed in our surroundings all week. Nestled in a valley right off the main attractions with the Trolley Station within walking distance. 


So we've taken a few hikes on the nearby trails from our home base. They were short and dog friendly for a hike with the Poochie Dog.


 I took advantage of the camp Resort laundry facilities to do the laundry from the first part of the week.


The front office has a wonderful store/souvenir shop that I took advantage of. 


And then on the last day, a new camper couple pulled in across from us. And what do you know? The guys went to high school together and we now live about 20 miles apart. We sat outside late in the evening and chit-chatted. Small world for sure. 


Read about each vacation day this week here, here, here, and here