Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year, New Calendar and more...

Oh, how I love my Susan Branch calendars.
I save them from year to year.
When I get ready to put up my new calendar,
it is a production.
I get out my colored pens and pour a cup of hot tea.
I spread everything onto the dining room table.
But first I look at all the entries that I have made,
from the previous year.
It's a year in review for me because
my calendar is like a diary.
I write everything on the calendar.

It's fun to see what day someone's birthday falls on.
As I write their name, I think about them and say a prayer for them.
I also write down special events that have happend.
This year I added the birth
of our third grandchild,
 Ila May!
My new calendar is up and waiting for new appointments and special events.

I also decided to get a new address book.

I have been ripping the return addresses off of envelopes and
 throwing them in the drawer.

Look at my new address book!
Well, it's not a cute Susan Branch book,
 but look closely...

It's large print!

So much easier for Tom to read.
(and me)

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Play Time

 I was invited to go and play with the grandchildren.
It was an early play date, 7:30 AM.
Good thing I'm an early riser.
This play area is at the Mall. We were the first to arrive.
 I tried to keep up...
 Seems like all I could get was the rear ends.
 Still trying!
 OK... got an action shot, still the backside.
 Yea! A front shot. Got to be quick.
 I need a nap!
Kimmy is really good about quickly posting her pictures.
You can see more here.

Later that evening we went out for dinner.

 Tom and I are still watching our diets.
We found a Vietnamese Noodle Soup restaurant.
Mmmmm Good!

Even Ila May enjoyed sipping.

It was a fun day!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

It Was Time

Christmas tree needles were dropping like Seattle rain.
Time for the tree to be dismantled.
Ornaments taken down and put away.
Carpet was vacuumed at least three times.

Just when I thought "Christmas" was all put away,
 I found one tree ornament and
 the missing bale of hay for a nativity.

Now I can enjoy a few more days before
heading back to work.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas 2011

Christmas Eve Day
Christmas Eve day started early at our home.
Todd and Stephanie arrived at 8:00 AM. with their dogs.
After breakfast, we opened our gifts to each other.
We then headed to Tom's sister's home.
Kimmy posted about this event here.
But first a nap and a football game.

Christmas morning.
Todd, Stephanie and I woke up early to be at
 Kimmy and Mark's home before the kids woke up.
(Tom came after work. He worked the graveyard shift)
We wanted to be there when Lulu and Levi
 saw the tree and packages.
Here we are at Kimmy and Mark's home,
which is only a few blocks away from our home.
That's Todd, Stephanie and Mark's mom, Connie. 
You can see more pictures over at Kimmy's blog, here.
Thank goodness I have a daughter who takes 
great pictures. 
More celebrating with family, friends and neighbors,
 back over at our home later on
Christmas day.
It was a long but fun day.
Connie and I both ended up a bit goofy.
Way to much sugar!

I love spending time with family and friends.
It was a great celebration.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas

Blessings and Joy
to you and your family.

Luke 2:14

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace,
good will toward men.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Lulu & Grammie Goo

 Take some Kisses...
Along with some pretzels...
Start a hardy fire...
Even if it's on the computer.
Hey, I'm all about memories.
And when it comes to grandchildren,
 I'll do just about anything.
Add some busy hands.
 You get a smile!
 Today I invited Lulu over to
 help me create some candy gifts.
 Simple but oh so delicious!

We had so much fun and
 the candy turned out beautiful!

Some even went home with her.

Monday, December 19, 2011

A glimpse of our  Christmas tree
 reminds me of seeing the star.

Matthew 2:10
"When they saw the star, they were overjoyed."

Google image


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Queen for a Day!

 A few weeks ago the staff at my school, were given
 "Make a Wish" forms to fill out.
You could make a wish for yourself or someone else.
Several teachers asked for speciality coffees and
 they were delivered to their classrooms.

When I came to work this morning, a red "carpet"
 was rolled out from the door, all the way down to my office door.

Waiting for me at the door was a crown, sitting on a pillow.
I couldn't believe it!
On my office window was a sign that
 declared my office as,
The castle of Queen Christine I.

Someones wish was that I be,
Queen for a Day.

The band came and played "God Save the Queen".
I received flowers and a sash.
Students, teachers and anyone else close by, took out their cameras.
All I could do was smile and wave.

Monday, December 12, 2011

"I Go To the Sea to Breath"

Starting the trip with birthday flowers from Tom
Celebrating my birthday,
Tom and I took a road trip to my favorite place.
The Oregon coast.
Our first destination was Newport, Oregon.
We have never been there and heard it was beautiful.
It was nearing sunset and I couldn't wait!
Faster Tom, FASTER!
Newport Oregon, first stop. Wow!

"The Travler's Life List" by Patricia Schultz lists the Sylvia Beach Hotel one of,
"A 1,000 Places To See Before You Die".
This 1912 hotel has only 20 guest rooms but they are decorated to honor classical authors i.e. Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, Oscar Wilde and Agatha Christie. There are no telephones, TV sets or radios in the rooms. This ancient hotel has no elevator. Tea, coffee, books, puzzles and games are located on the top floor.
We stayed in the Agatha Christie room.
Dinner our first night was here at the Green Gables.
Two Italian sisters, serve their Grandma's recipes.
Happy 60th Birthday!
Full moon on the Ocean.
Sunrise, looking at our hotel,
while on my morning walk/run, on the beach.
When I got back, Tom had a warm,
cozy fire waiting for me.
Tom telling Kimmy all about our room
and view from the deck.
We left Newport and headed north, up the coast.
A must stop is the Tillamook Cheese factory.
Shopping (Christmas) in a room full of all kinds of cheeses.
Then off to Cannon Beach!
Our first sighting of Haystack Rock.
(Tom understands my love of this beach!)
Room with a view
Still celebrating!

We walked everyday down to Haystack Rock.
One mile down, one mile back.
Picture perfect, sunset at Haystack!

Downtown Cannon Beach:
 Homes around town:

 Our traditional Crab Dinner!
We buy a fresh crab and enjoy it at our dining table,
while looking at the ocean view.

Thank you Tom for the best birthday ever!

We will be back because...

I go to the sea to breath!

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