At the grocery store today something caught my attention and told me that it wanted to go home with me. I ignored it at first and went on with my shopping — but, as I was leaving my resistence failed me and I bought it. I think that my low level of resistence may have something to do with reading Lucy’s post yesterday — seeing all of her pictures of flowers made me want some of my own color to look at up close.
I took a picture of how pretty my flower looked sitting in bright colored tissue paper and then of course I took a few more after I took it out of the box.
Later tonight hubby and I are going to light some candles and enjoy some fruit with chocolate dip — mmmm : ) I am not sure if we will stay up long enough to greet the new year, but that’s o.k. — it will be 2010 when we wake up in the morning whether we greet it at midnight or not.
2009 was a very full year for me and seems to have passed very quickly. There were some big changes with my daughter moving to Illinois and my son and daughter-in-law having a baby — which means that I became a Gramma for the first time. I would have to say that the highlight of this past year is my grandson, so I will end this year with some pictures of baby cuteness.
Such tiny fingers compared to Grampa’s hand.
Snuggle time with Gramma — that’s me : )
Letting his voice be heard.
Some floor time while trying out new shirt from Aunty.
See you all next year ! ! !
Hubby and I could not figure out what to buy each other for Christmas this year — we had decided to stop trying to surprise each other and instead would talk about it together and then would buy something that we would both enjoy. This plan worked last year, but this year, although we had a few ideas nothing was quite right. We were just going to wait until we thought of something even if that meant nothing under the tree for each other.
I just couldn’t do it — on Christmas Eve morning I started to feel this sad feeling that Christmas was not going to have any fun in it without a present for hubby and me — so I decided that hubby and me would go to the dollar store that afternoon and buy 10 things each to give to the other. I didn’t give hubby a choice — I just told him that we were doing it. He was very agreeable though. So — off we went to the mall on Christmas Eve afternoon to become some of those last minute shoppers. We took turns in the store, carefully choosing our gifts that we later wrapped and put under the tree to open on Christmas day.
We are past the stage of getting up early because it is Christmas and instead enjoy sleeping in. Then we have some coffee cake and eggs before we open gifts. Our daughter is home with us for the holidays and she did give us some more serious gifts — very nice gifts that we really appreciate and then we took turns opening our dollar store gifts. Here are some pictures to show you how much fun we had. My daughter took lots of pictures, but many of them turned out blurry because we were laughing so hard — so here is what I can show you.
A monster to build.
A monster look-a-like : )
What is it ? ? ?
One funny bird for me . . .
another funny bird for me.
Playing leap-frog together.
A little glimpse of how hard we were laughing.
We were very happy with our gift to each other this year — the gift of fun and laughter together — it will give me happy thoughts for a long time. And with the money we have left maybe we will go out some place nice for dinner together — sounds good to me : )
Christmas blessings to you all — I hope that you all enjoyed a wonderful day doing whatever makes Christmas be Christmas for you : )
While out and about with hubby on Monday I came across this sign.
Your first thought was probably that someone was giving away kittens or puppies — but, no it was something else.
The sign was for free Christmas trees.
But, these were not your normal size tree — they were little baby trees — only 2 or 3 feet tall. I wanted to bring one home just because they were so cute and they were FREE : )
I am sure that they were the cast-offs that no one would buy so the store hoped that if they were free maybe someone would take them home and save them the trouble of getting rid of them after Christmas. It was a very good idea really — I felt sorry for the little trees and did seriously — for a minute — think about bringing one home — but, then I thought about the mess the needles would make in the car and house — which is why we went with an artificial tree this year — and I left those poor little trees out in the cold. I hope that someone else gave them a good home.
My time away from blogging was longer than I expected. I should be back now — at least a couple of times a week. Thank-you to those who told me that you did miss me. I have been popping in to visit my favorite blogs and although I haven’t left any comments, I have enjoyed following along with everyone’s Christmas preparations.
So — MERRY CHRISTMAS ! ! ! I hope that you all have a wonderful day : )