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Game time! ~ 5 Grandmas for Christmas

I woke up normal this morning. Same time. Normal time, thinking about my gym time.

Then it hit me

This is it!

Game time!

We spend so much time planning, and decorating and preparing our hearts each December and I realized this morning….THIS IS IT!


Well, one of them.

Time to make some memories for our young (and old)

LOL so I changed my focus for the day, put on my Santa hat and opened my mind to ‘experiencing’ this year’s Christmas holiday.

Yep, we are all ready!

“…in hopes that St. Nicolas soon would be here.”

My elf is ready!

Elf Lana pretending she's a snowman

Elf Lana pretending she’s a snowman

Even our greyhound got in the spirit of things this morning!

Blitzen came by for an early Christmas visit

Blitzen came by for an early Christmas visit

And, if your house looks like ours this Christmas, you have a lot of this…

and visions of sugar and homemade Baklava and chocolate covered popcorn danced in their heads.”

And, for me, nothing spells ‘celebration’ like..

yes, Christmas is a time of celebration

yes, Christmas is a time of celebration

If you have been following this blog for a while you know each Christmas starts early for our girls.

That’s right. The week before Christmas boxes and boxes and cards and gifts come in from our girl’s many special Grandmothers, each with their own very special version of ‘Love’ for their adopted granddaughters.


The more love the better!

Yes, our girls are blessed with about 5 very special sets of grandparents. And the love and generosity they show these girls is touching.

This year that received everything from sweets, high-tech gadgets, clothes, money, toys, gift cards and even a Movie Night or two in the mail.


So we wanted to send each of our adopted family a Christmas card and a glimpse of some of the smiles and kid quotes that happened when opening these great gifts. And one very special version of ‘the spirit of Christmas’.

Thank YOU so very much ladies!

We love you all so much!

And as you can see everything was a big hit with the girls.

OK, I have dilly-dallied long enough. Its 11am and I am being called out to the living room. It seems Grandma #5 is taking her turn at spoiling spreading some Christmas cheer for our girls.

Game time...

Game time…

I hope your holiday is filled with lots and lots of happy smiles.

Time to be a kid again.

And remember the reason for the season.

Merry Christmas everyone!


Christmas in the Rearview Mirror 2014

Ding dong merrily on high in heaven the bells are ringing.

Ding dong verily the Sky(e) is riv’n with everyone singing…..

Ding dong, Gloria…..“….How was your Christmas?”

Our Christmas was a blast. With all the planning and preparing and anticipation that go into Christmas time, ours went off without a hitch. We had my parents and Aunt Sue in to stay at our lil’ B&B and I have to tell you everything just fell in place. We could not have asked for a warmer, more festive Christmas.

Oh, and the smiles? There were lots of smiles for my girls and family.

Wanna see?

Christmas actually began for us on Christmas Eve as our girls got a surprise box delivered that day from a very special grandmother and her daughter.

Christmas came early from a very special Grandma and daughter...

The girl’s tore into it and loved everything they received!

Thank you!!

Thank you!!

 Including some reindeer food.

No, no, they did not eat the reindeer food sent to feed Santa’s team. They sprinkled it in the lawn later, a now annual event at our house thanks to this very special family.

The annual Reindeer feeding, leaving Reindeer food on the lawn in hopes they stay longer.

The annual Reindeer feeding, leaving Reindeer food on the lawn in hopes they stay longer.

It is always fun to see our girls caught up in the Christmas excitement, and Dylan left a trail of reindeer food right to our front door in anticipation for our midnight visitor. 

All I want for Christmas are my two front teeth

All I want for Christmas are my two front teeth

Santa did not disappoint this year either! Here is a glimpse of the load Santa left before gobbling up the Christmas cookies, egg nog, chocolate and even more egg nog… CIMG0099

And so our girls went to town dismantling the Christmas packages and seeing if Santa met their ever changing Christmas wish list…. 

Her new computer watch camera microphone game thingy that also tells time

Her new computer watch camera microphone game thingy that also tells time

It was a holiday created for the movie Frozen and the girls were not spared ANY Frozen paraphernalia what so ever. More on this later….

And Christmas begins with a Frozen bath towel. Meav, of Celtic Woman looks impressed!

And Christmas included a Frozen bath towel. Meav, of Celtic Woman looks impressed!

Afterwards the living room looked something like this…..

Santa Clause residue all over the living room...

Santa Clause residue all over the living room…

But somebody still wasn’t happy….


So Grandma and Grandpa and the great Aunt Sue brought out their Christmas offerings for our girls…

 skye thank you

I don’t think they were very disappointed!

Family practically out did Santa! PLUS Frozen wrapping paper.

Family practically out did Santa! PLUS Frozen wrapping paper.

I have a new board game!

I have a new board game!

"Hello Kitty ear muffs and Olaf talking snowman, oh yea"

“Hello Kitty ear muffs and Olaf talking snowman, oh yea!”

The Frozen update?

When Mom put all the clothes away (and they got some clothes!) she counted 18 tops for Skylar that had a Frozen princess on them, or somehow otherwise Frozen related. I am guessing Dylan had a similar tally… 

Princess Elsa hat with braids

Princess Elsa hat with braids


A Christmas bomb went off

A Christmas bomb went off

After all the Christmas present unwrapping we settled down for the traditional egg nog French Toast breakfast.

Egg nog  French toast breakfast with warm butter pecan syrup and assorted fruit toppings

Family French Toast breakfast with warm butter pecan syrup and assorted fruit toppings

Even Chumley enjoyed some egg nog Christmas morning! CIMG0128

…although he too stayed in his pajamas all morning

We hope you and yours had an enjoyable Christmas too! There are still plenty of cookies and chocolate kisses here for you, whenever you get a chance to drop by.

What was your best Christmas memory this year?

How many Frozen clothes did you get?

Christmas Mood

Merry Christmas everyone!

Now if you are reading this right now you might just be taking a break from your own Christmas festivities. I hope yours was a memorable one! Maybe everyone is taking a nap, or making dinner, playing outside, or over to grandma’s house one horse wooden sleigh? If so, what a great day so far, huh?

Or maybe you are reading this Friday morning with all the Christmas festivities in the rear view mirror, but still filled with all the warmth of family and friends.

You got the Christmas mood!

This December I turn my car radio to the Christmas radio station to get and stay in the Christmas mood. It comes one time a year but I enjoy a month of it!

One song, or singer I should say, stood out this year on the Christmas music, Darius Rucker, the former lead singer for Hootie and the Blowfish.

Is anyone old enough to remember them?

Now I really wasn’t a Hootie fan back in the day but the band is kinda local in my state, coming out of Columbia, SC. So they do get a lot of air play here. And I know they enjoyed some success.

This December the radio station played a few songs from Darius’s Christmas album (often) that I really liked. To me they are future classics. They are bluesy in nature but carry all the lyrics, Christmas traditions, and imagery of the popular Christmas classics.

I mentally tuned in every time they played his songs this month. So if you have a minute or two, grab some egg nog and see if you enjoy this new Christmas classic off Darius’ Christmas offering, Candy Cane Christmas

Isn’t that a nice, laid back Christmas tune that mimics other well-known Christmas carols? I think its real nice Christmas background, ‘mood‘ music.

And another Darius Christmas song the radio station played this December was the following.

And I have to fess up, I had thought twice about doing this post about subjecting readers to sitting through videos. But I saw this video last night and it was really special, shot at a local children’s hospital here in Charleston it appears. Its another great Christmas song, flowing smokey beat, and very touching for the Christmas season, What God Wants For Christmas

That’s not bad Christmas Mood Music, is it? Not a sing-along but very nice background music. Darius and his strong smooth voice do some cover tunes on his Christmas album as well. Here is a great version of a new Christmas classic, complete with a children’s choir for back up in contrast to high paid celebrities on the original….

And an upbeat version of Winter Wonderland country-ized…

And if you haven’t heard it enough yet, here is his jazzy version of a classic, coupling with Sheryl Crow that I am sure you heard all month

Sorry, there I go, I do drag on.

No, I am still not a big Darius Rucker fan.. but after these Christmas songs of his I heard this year for the first time I do really respect the man. And if you are still with me here, I hope you enjoyed some unique views of Christmas classics as well as his very special future classics. I mean it worked for Mariah Carey, right?

And I have so many other favorite Christmas songs I would love to torture offer you but you have probably heard them all month and I have kept you long enough here already.


If you have room for one more, here is my very very favorite, Silver Bells, done by a band I never heard of, the Roches, put to video of my first daughter as she enjoyed her very first birthday in 2009. Its a very special version of Silver Bells. And if you have been following this blog for awhile it is fun to see this very special girl 5 years smaller but still super sweet.

Merry Christmas everyone! Thanks for hanging out with me here in my Christmas mood!



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