This is the picture of my guys walking up the lane to get our Christmas tree a couple weekends ago. Thought you might enjoy some of the beautiful scenery. Almost looks like a movie set or something, doesn't it?
Last weekend my mother-in-law took us out to eat and then onto our fabulous sleigh ride. She gives us this as a family gift rather then presents, which I LOVE. We had a wonderful time and even got to see Santa this year! Last year, we had earlier in the season reservations, but due to a monsterous sized ice storm, we had to delay them until after Christmas, and of course, Santa's on vacation then. This year, he was there with his reindeer, dressed in plaid overalls and chatted with the kids. It was magical and we had a great time. It's really wonderful to spend time with my mother-in-law, all of us as a family. I know she's making great memories for my boys and I'm very happy that they will have those. I have comforting memories of my grandparents as a child. I would go to their house and play with my cousin there. My grandfather would hide butterscotch candies on himself, in his cuff, or collar or something like that and we'd spot them and get to have a treat. I don't remember him well as he passed away when I was 9, but the memories I have of him are warm, wonderful and definitely added nourishment to my childhood. I'm glad my children will have the same memories of their grammy, too.
My parents live far away and can't be as interactive with the kids as I know they want to be, and that's hard for all involved. Time gets away from us and suddenly it's months since we've seen them. But, I'm thrilled that I will be seeing them again next week as they come down for our annual Christmas gathering. Which I'm hosting. The last time I tried to host was in our beautiful post and beam house of past and everyone had a flu (both my sister's families!) and could not come. I had decorated the house to the nines, bought lots of food and cleaned for days to get everything ready...and they could not make it. I had a very special announcement to share with everyone as well, but ended up doing it a different way. I had made a special card to share with our families that we were expecting another addition to our family tree...our second son was due the following August. I was sad that I was not able to make it a grand announcement for the whole family, but it was nice to have my parents open the card just the same. Wow, that seems like so long ago to me, and it was 6 years ago now. Like I said, time gets away from us.
Well, Little Red and I are baking brownies for him to bring to school and Music Man to bring to work for all his coworkers. I wish you all some delicious smells in your kitchen and wonderful Christmas memories as well.
Peace to you, ~Peacemom