Saturday, November 28, 2015

christmas tree, 2015

 He had to work late, and then he was the one holding the security code at a clinic so he couldn't leave until the others (flooring, counter tops) were done.

So he finally made it home and we raced to the tree lot and got there shortly before it closed.


A whole bunch of kids were waiting to decorate this tree.

 They were all asleep by 10 pm, which I thought was somewhat of a miracle, considering how hopping this house is late at night. But they were, tucked in a nest on the floor in the family room, so sweet.

 Putting on ornaments with the ladder was the thing.  There were a LOT of ornaments clustered in that one area.

We had Thanksgiving, which was lovely.

Everyone showed up and were good sports and ate, and it was a fine day.

Then we had TWO grandchild sleepovers, which I loved.  They don't have all that much interest in me personally, but they seem to love being here in the crowd, with their cousins and aunts and uncles and eating popsicles and ice cream sandwiches, and they're all so beautiful and funny and sweet.

That oldest grandchild is turning into somewhat of a GUY.  He is going to be ten in a few months.

How is this possible??

2015 is wrapping up real fine.


With all the love there is, Val, aka Grandma, aka MOM

Thursday, November 26, 2015

thanksgiving, 2015

There were these faces at the door!

At the end of the day, the amazing 12 foot Santa was brought from the basement.

  And this girl laughs as loudly as she shrieks.   She's hilarious.



Today was a great day, due to all the patient and lovely people who made it so.

love always,  Val

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

gittin' ready, 2015


We're vacuuming and dusting and I scrubbed all the million bathrooms by hand, myself.

The vacuuming and dusting are a serious endeavor

Some rooms must be verified in the morning.

Jay picked up the tables from our parents shop.


Morning is only a few hours away, when we have to get up and stuff that turkey.

John just confirmed 1. He's got the potatoes covered, and 2.  He loves me.

I was already confident regarding both.

Alicia confirmed on the pies, Heidi is bringing Seven Layer Salad, I think.  My mom is making scalloped corn and bars.  My sister is in for Vegetable Pizza and a dessert too.

Lord have mercy.

love, Val

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

thanksgiving service

I hauled Tim and Julia out of bed early  for the preschool Thanksgiving service.

That's our p.j. right to the left of the guy in the red striped shirt.


love always, Val

Sunday, November 22, 2015

trip up north

We spent the day with Jay's parents, had a very peaceful, pleasant day, ate too much, played cards, hung out with the kids.

 Thanks Mom and Dad for a great day.  

love, Val, Jay and all

Saturday, November 21, 2015

little santa

 We found this thing at Menards this fall, and only resisted for about two minutes and seven seconds.

It's as awesome kitschy weird as anything ever was.

 Going out the door upstairs--onto the flat roof:

 He fastened it to boards to help keep it from blowing away in a gust of wind.  Then we also went outside and found some small boulders to put on each board.     Maria looked at us as we marched through the living room carrying huge rocks.

No worries.

He's not the twelve foot tall Santa that's going in the front yard next weekend, but he's the Little Santa, and he's good.

Tonight we went to a chili cook-off hosted by some excellent old friends, delicious and fun.

And that's the end of a wonderful Saturday in November.

Onward to tomorrow.

love, Val