it all started on saturday when Chris, Alex and Zylie (75% of the northern branch of the clan) arrived to have an early celebration with us. Kate needed to stay at home to get some
dyeing done and the grandkids really wanted to be at their own house for xmas, so they left on monday and made it back home in plenty of time to put cookies out for santa. it really made my heart sing to have them hanging out here for a couple of days. we did some present opening... and Z amazed and delighted me with the stunning feathery pink flamingo tree ornament. love it totally. it will, of course, not be packed away with the tree ornaments, but will join the others in my homage to the pink flamingo guest bathroom decor.
another thing that made a BIG difference was that rather than being the roaster of the turkey, and since i'd just done it at thanksgiving, i asked my bro and sis if they'd bring a honey-baked ham from that famous store... and they did!! so, i was able to use my oven to bake a peach crumble dessert (Jim's fave and about the only dessert that i make from scratch
i didn't take a lot of photos... but did get some of my beautiful nieces and their daughters, who are going up much too fast!
i think that part of the reason for Jen's happy smile is that she did not have to leave early (as she usually does) to go to work on her night shift at Providence.
Maggie and Maisy. she was really rockin' that hat!!
Maisy, Maggie, Jen and Judy
did someone say "cookies"??? Jim gave the doggies new scarves and the best way to get them to sit still for 30 seconds for a photo is to say the magic word.
it's a sweet little tree. but not quite as short and little as it looks from this angle. and we managed to get it up and decorated before the kids arrived on saturday.
it was a good xmas and i'm grateful!