March 2017

March 2017

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Favorite Holiday Event

On Sunday hubby and I did the 2017 Holiday Parlor Tour, my favorite holiday event in Lafayette Square. It was a beautiful day. And it was the largest crowd we've experienced in the eight years we've been going. But we always get there at the start, so we didn't have too long a wait for any of the homes.

I posted some images on FaceBook. Just click these links and enjoy!

Part 1 and Part 2

Monday, December 4, 2017

Making the Holidays Fun Again

For the last few years, I've felt indifferent about the holidays. I think a big part of it was that the grandsons are no longer small children. So this year I decided to change things up with the hope of making the holidays fun again.

The first step was doing something different for Thanksgiving. In the last post, you can read about our holiday weekend in Branson with my daughter's family. It was so much fun and really helped get me out of my holiday funk.

Since then, I've been busy making some changes to my holiday decorations; doing a new Advent calendar with my youngest grandson; and enjoying new-to-me holiday foods and drinks. All of wish are definitely making this year's holiday season a lot more fun!

Our new family of deer replace a small
snowman that used to sit on our porch.
Our table-top tree full of owl ornaments
got a new tree skirt, which is a tthrow
we've had for years.
The mantel decor is completely different
from previous years all due to the precious
deer canvas I found at Pier 1. Although
the trees, stocking holders, and stockings
where all part of the old decor, too. 
My Jim Shore Santas used to just sit on that
white linen towel. This year I added
the limited-edition framed triple-matted
Santa print I scored at a garage sale years ago
and a sled I found at Pier 1.
This display case still holds my Jim Shore
nativity scene as well as my Lego Holiday Village sets.
(This year's set is the train station, which is on the bottom
center shelf.) But this year I added lights to each shelf
and a white faux fur throw to the chair.
After much research, I finally found
an affordable Advent calendar, made
more affordable as a Cyber Monday
Target special, that didn't include candy.
Each day is a different 3D cardboard
holiday image. This tree was Day 1.
Here are just a few holiday items
I got at Trader Joe's yesterday. Between
yesterday afternoon and this morning,
I've tried all of them and am very
happy with my haul. 
After seeing stroopwafels on YouTube
for several years, I finally bought them.
I heated my first stroopwafel over my
peppermint tea as it steeped. I had to use
my cake tester because my mug was
so large. You don't want the stroopwafel
to fall into the drink. It was delicious!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Our November

Emily, Jonah, Mike, me,
dad, and Elliott.
I was ready for something new for Thanksgiving this year and suggested we go to Branson with my daughter's family. Everyone quickly agreed, which meant I hosted the traditional Thanksgiving meal the day before Thanksgiving to include my 87-year-old dad.

Elliott and Jonah in front of The Village
at Indian Point main building.
On Thanksgiving we drove to Branson (4 hours away) and checked into a two-bedroom condo at The Village at Indian Point, which was perfect for our family of six. Both bedrooms had king beds. And the boys slept comfortably in the family room, the oldest on the couch and the youngest on our air mattress.

By 1:30 PM we were in line at Silver Dollar City for their holiday buffet, which we all enjoyed. Then, with bellies full, we were off to enjoy the City's rides, shows, and 6.5 million holiday lights!

It was a successful first day and I was thrilled. My daughter's family are such Disney fanatics I expected constant comparisons. I certainly didn't expect what happened on day two. By the end of our second day, my son-in-law talked us all into taking advantage of the holiday offer of a $50 2018 SDC season pass!

On Black Friday we enjoyed another SDC day. While the family toured Marvel Cave in the morning, I did a little shopping in several of the gift shops. The City was much more crowded than the day before, but we still managed to have fun. Jonah absolutely loved all the SDC roller coasters!

Best part of the holiday buffet
was the pumpkin pie, of course.
The 6.5 million lights were truly magical.

How did my oldest grandson
get so tall?
Papa and Jonah playing a dulcimer.
Where else can you play a dulcimer,
 drink Sugar Cookie Soda, and
eat a spiraled potatoe wrapped around
a foot-long hot dog!
The rest of the weekend was spent enjoying more of what Branson has to offer. And Jonah even got to talk with Santa without having to wait in a long line. The whole holiday weekend was so much fun and the weather was absolutely beautiful.

Jonah giving Santa his wish list.
Sadly, my first grandchild is now
too old for Santa :(
We returned home early evening on Sunday. Since then I've been busy busy busy, decorating, doing tons of laundry, restocking the cupboards, preparing meals, working out, etc. But the mad hustle this week is well worth the four days of fun I had in Branson with family to kick off the holidays.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Halloween 2017 Costumes

Just a quick one to show you the grandchildren's Halloween costumes.

Reya's mom made her Teletubbie costume.
Teletubbies is Reya's favorite show.
Jonah chose to be Ash from the Pokemon franchise.
His older brother was Ash a few years ago.
And Elliott decided to be Marty McFly from
Back to the Future. I imagine he was inspired
by his new interest in skateboards.