A funny thing about shopping thrifty, it's so affordable, going overboard is a little too easy! Shhh... won't this family of horses be happy when they join the birthday horses Ruth gave M~A~R~I~A?
I don't know why we bother spelling things any more. Obviously the boys understand perfectly well, and Maria knows enough to pay extra-close attention when grown-ups are spelling!
Long white gloves, embroidered with white flowers. A handmade hand bag. I could not resist.
Our city visit is coming soon. The one where we dress up, and go to the Sniffphony! Do you know what Alex and Max made... a list of all the words and phrases of Maria's, the funny ones we love so much. That is how I was able to remember that she loves the music and splendor of the Sniffphony!
It feels like Christmas has already begun, now that my mommy is here. Delia arrived from Oregon, and we have already had one full day of merriment. She took me to a S~P~A! Oh, my goodness. I had a facial, and it was indescribably good. In all fairness, it was enough for me to be in a candlelit room, laying down, with my eyes closed. If that was all, it would have been bliss. But the woman that soothed and pampered me, worked tender, loving magic on me... she found my face, under two years of neglect! I wish for everyone reading this post to be pampered in this fashion, and if you cannot get a facial, at least find one hour to spend in a dark, quiet room, with maybe some candles flickering, and lovely music playing softly. Be sure to have comfy blankets around.<------I think those are called naps: Get one. They are amazing.
Max and Maria helped me with gift wrapping. They love gift wrapping, and they take it so seriously. They both wrapped, and Maria signed tags. Max insisted on arranging the gifts
Company is coming! We will be seeing Becky and Dan, Grandma Eunice, maybe Julie, Rebekah? Also, my brother, Hans, and my sister(in-law) Gretchen. Mom and I are still deciding on menus, for a big breakfast, and for a dinner. We do have the oven limitation to work around, so this may call for mostly stove-top recipes.
Max just informed Geoff: "There are seven more days." You can tell by the undercurrent of delight in his voice, what he is talking about!
Max and Maria are home from school. Yippee! I love, and need, and love this time with my children.
Maria wants to put stickers on her gifts.
There are more treasures to wrap.
We are waiting for rain.
I hung Christmas lights on our fence. I am so proud. (We sort fail in this area, but hopefully my small gesture will suggest to the neighbors we are not Grinchy.)
William rode around town with me and his grandma. It was such a nice treat having the company of my dear son.
Geoff informed me: "We have to have a house warming party. I told people at work we would, and I think they are starting to wonder about it." No kidding. It has been a year since we moved here. I don't know if this is a "merry memory," but it does make me smile. So, add "housewarming party" to my list of things to do. I think this may have to wait until next year!
Are your holidays rolling? Are you making merry memories?