November 26, 2012

It's Beginning to Feel A Lot Like Christmas

Hi Everyone!!!  I hope you are having a warm start to this Monday.   The house is finally empty.  The last one just went off to daycare.   I have a lot to do before 1:30 this afternoon.
First, I have to put the house back together from the past 4 1/2 days (gosh it went too fast); I have to run to the grocery store and pick up ANYTHING but turkey; stop by the bank and do a few transactions; and finally work out if there's time. 
We did a couple of fun things with the kids while they were off for the Thanksgiving break.  We took everyone to see the movie Wreck It Ralph.  It's a really cute movie.  We even took Lady A (who is just 3).  She did an excellent job.  When did movies become so expensive???  For a party of 7 (we took a friend of Sir T's with us), the tickets were $70.00 and don't even get me started on how much I blew at the concession stand.  GOOD GRIEF.  That's a pricey afternoon for sure.
On Sunday, we took a short trip to Skyline Drive.  It only took about an hour to get there.  Skyline Drive runs about 105 miles north and south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park.  We ended going to the Skyland Restaurant about 40 miles up the mountain.  It was so pretty.  We had a very nice late afternoon lunch and took in some beautiful views.  I would show you some pictures but of course my camera battery was exhausted when I went to take the first picture.  God help me with cameras.  If I had my camera operational, my first photo would be of a red-tailed hawk.  It was awesome.  Anyway, everyone had a great time.  We enjoyed each other's company and saw some really incredible views. 
Today, it's back to normal.  I scored some great Christmas gifts online over the weekend.  Got a couple of items I'd been eyeballing that finally went on sale.  SCORE!!!!  It's beginning to REALLY feel like Christmas around here.
Take care of yourself, stay warm and above all else count your blessings.  I'm not sure if I mentioned this or not but our neighbors lost their 22 year old son last Monday night in a car accident.  The family is devastated and our tiny little neighborhood is in shock.  The cause of the accident is unknown but drugs and alcohol were NOT a factor (thank God).  Still my heart breaks for this family and the new journey that they are on.  I hope you will join me in praying for them and PLEASE PLEASE hug your loved ones a little tighter.


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