Wrenna, trying on sunglasses. She loves my vanity in our bedroom because she can sit on the bench and see her whole body as she tries on hats, necklaces or whatever appeals to her in the moment. She likes to layer things...when not streaking that is. :) And I LOVE finding things for her. There is a pink Little Tikes vanity set in the attic and so we will bring it down for her today when we bring the Christmas decorations down. She can sit at her own little vanity and will be so surprised. :)
I have been so busy ...I have not had time to post something here. I did write, but never actually got my thoughts together the way I wanted to and so I am putting up what I put up in my Face Book. Okay ..so I wrote there which is why not here. I have changed and added a few things to it. Now, today ...I am torn between going down to Costco to use the coupons since last day to do so ...or trim the bushes and get the Christmas tree lights up. Normally that would be a no brainer ...because I am out there Thanksgiving night getting lights up ..or that Friday, etc. But as I said ...I have been so busy ...good busty tho. I did put the fresh Christmas wreaths up after everyone left Thanksgiving night and so I suppose that was the official kickoff to the Christmas decorating. :) It may rain and so I am thinking it should be the lights. Because you never know if it will snow and freeze and then lights are delayed. So ...it works best when done early. Okay ...lights it is. Now I am getting into Chevy Chase - "American Christmas" mode. :)
I hope everyone (Family and Friends) had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
We sure did.
Devan Cosette (granddaughter) helped me get an early start by helping me bake our traditional Pumpkin cookies) on Monday ...which is so much nicer than the night before. I got a kick out of seeing younger son take a phone picture of the cookies while they were cooling on the counter. He had just come in from college class around 9:30pm, went to his room and came back out to take a picture. He does this every year. I never asked where he sends them ...but am amused by it. :) Even though making the cookies ahead of time was a plus ...the negative was that Mr SeaSpray, younger son and I did get into them. :) I first made those Pumpkin cookies in 1977 and only on Thanksgiving and became my holiday tradition to bake and bring over. (I know I have posted about the pumpkin cookies previously and put the recipe up)
Then during the 2o00's ..I finally shared the recipe when I brought them in for coworkers and so many people wanted the recipe. Not secret anymore. :) I still use the same orange tin for family that I began using in 77 ...also a tradition I guess.It was a fabulous day filled with many blessings, good food ...so-much-GOOD-food and fun. D-i_l ...please keep those cheesy potatoes and green beans with ham coming and I want the recipes for the pumpkin cheesecake and acorns too and if I ever do pies ...the apple pie, which was just the right balance and not too sweet. Rolling Crust intimidates me ;)
Mom D, makes the most awesome heaven pie (we call it that now because Devan said it was heaven when she was 5. A cheesecake pie with strawberries and graham cracker crust. She also brought a sweet potato pie - yum and the bean salad which I make ever since getting that recipe from her. And truffles. With guest like this ...who needs to cook? :)And this has n-e-v-e-r happened - I LOST 4 oz the day AFTER Thanksgiving! That is greatly encouraging because it tells me I really am making some positive lifestyle changes.
We had it at our house this year with our family (sons, d-i-l, their children and my m-i-l ...and had the additional *pleasure* of having our d-i-l's mother, brother and sister out from Ohio visiting us. It was so nice to finally have time to get to know all of them and I feel like we're gonna be good friends and of course we share some really special people in our lives ...our kids and grandchildren. Plenty of good food and good company and lot's of laughter.Then our Thanksgiving streaker!
After dinner ...out comes 2 year old Wrenna ...STREAKING through the whole house ...nekkid ...with a big smile of sheer delight. Fortunately ...none of us felt inclined to emulate her behavior. ;) Her main mission in life these days seems to be to see how many times a day she can dress and undress and seems to think less is more of a fashion statement. (I thought it was hilarious when last week ...our son came to pick the kids up and the first thing he said to me about her ...just as soon as he saw her when she walked in the door, "Did she keep her clothes on today?" "Actually, she took her clothes off twice, but just streaked through the house without her clothes on and I couldn't get her because my hands were in the meatball mixture." :) Or she goes the other way and piles clothes on ...even going into her parents or big sisters clothes ...changing them non stop. And she is very pleased with herself, regardless of choices - sans clothing or too much. She also loves hats and can be quite creative with what she puts on her head. Of course I love to give her ideas and last night, let her wear a decorative pumpkin on her head. I love to look at d-i-l's flkr pics and in fb just to see what her outfit du jour is. :) It was Myles (so darn cute and ever ready with a warm bright eyed smile that just melts my heart every time:) 1st Thanksgiving and he will be a year next month. And sweet Devan is 10 and as always a delight to have around. We are blessed for sure. I am so grateful for family, friends and so much more. I can't wait to meet d-i-l's mom and family again and they all always have an open invitation. :)
Even when tough times hit ...I am grateful for how God brings us through the tough times. I miss my friend Iris so much. We were friends since I was 4 and she was 5. It is surreal to me that she is in heaven now and all day Thursday ..I thought about things I wanted to tell her... pics I'd want to show her. I am glad she got to see our grandchildren again this past summer during a chance meeting while we were coming back from an appointment.
We missed not having Aunt Margie with us. She is ill with an upper respiratory infection. But, Mr SeaSpray thoughtfully put some plates of dinner and dessert together for her and brought them over to her. Is that sweet or what? :) And I miss all the other aunts, uncles and cousins that we always saw on holidays , but family dynamics change because families grow.
And I miss so many other relatives no longer with us. But, we were blessed to have all of them in our lives ...and I am very grateful for relationships ...past and present. I also look forward to the new ones that will come our way.
Family and friends ...Blessings every one. :)