Thursday, December 7, 2017

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Before I start my blog I want to let everyone know #11
great grandchild has arrived. He positioned himself in momma's womb so no matter how hard the Dr. tried, baby liked the way he was and the only way out was via a C Section. )
A couple of months earlier I had planned a trip to Puyallup, Washington for the Victorian Country Christmas. Something I've done for several years. And the scheduled date was November 29.  Wouldn't you know. So about an hour into our train ride I got a text from my son, proud grandpa announcing he was a first time grandpa.

I love this picture of 🎝Mother and Child🎝.

My sister picked us up at the Tacoma train Station and we headed for Watson's Nursery in Puyallup for a nice lunch at Anton's

The reindeer taking a rest are regular's at the nursery during the Christmas Season. Provides a lot of "Kodak moments.

I "borrowed" the next three pictures from Watson's website. I have to tell you, yes, the restaurant was empty for this photo, but in real time, we waited about 15 minutes before being seated; every seat was taken but it was well worth the wait.

The decorations are beautiful, and live music was being played on a large grand piano

Friday we spent from 10:00 A.M. until 8:00P.M. at the Washington State Fairgrounds, In Puyallup enjoying the Victorian Country Christmas Festival. We hopped the tram  just because we could and headed for the first of three huge buildings filled with hundreds of vendors. Both men and women were dressed Victorian style.

There were also free horse and buggy rides. We enjoyed a buggy for four. My daughter, Gloria, joined us for the day. We were also fortunate, even though it was just for a few minutes to give daughter in law Kelly and her friend Tracy hugs. 

"Do I NEED this or do I WANT THIS?"

This adorable snowman, without saying a word sided up to me, pointed my iPhone to a lady across from me, letting her know would she take our picture. She was delighted and I returned the favor for her.

One of my favorites at the Victorian Country Christmas in Puyallup  is  The Stardust Follies. The dancers are all over 55, the oldest being 81. Before they closed in 2014 we got to see the Palm Springs Follies. So much glitz and glamour.
But what keeps me coming back year after year is the The Singing Nativity

If you are ever in the Puyallup, Washington the first week of December, It is an Experience!!

Webster's Definition of choice: the act of choosing : the act of picking or deciding between two or more possibilities. : the opportunity or power to choose between two or more possibilities : the opportunity or power to make a decision. : a range of things that can be chosen. 
As I move along on my Journey I find I have to make choices. Sometimes I make the wrong choice even when I thought I was making the right choices. But at this moment I want to talk about the choice of  decorating  or not this year.  Just thinking about decorating made me sad. But I love all that goes with the Christmas Season. Decorating, Giving, Baking, the music. So ..... another step forward. I chose to get out all my decorations and go for it. Problem being practically every thing "Christmasy" I have is very tiny. Because Christmas, except for the few years we were home to care for Joe's mom, Our Christmas tree was about a foot tall and sat on the dash of the Class C Motorhome.  My daughter Kelly gave me a 4 1/2 ft. tree last year and it stayed in the box. This year I got it out. It was pre lit with multi colored lights. Good thing.  That was Joe's "job". Every little ornament we collected had meaning . I took my time. It took me three days, a little at a time. There were lots of silent tears. But I chose to celebrate the wonderful memories. 
The antique cardboard  nativity was a replica of the one my brother, sister and I  grew up with. 

I found this trombone (and sheet music) in Oregon City at the Christmas Tree Store..(open year around)

This was a gift from Joe's daughter. He loved flying.

If you enlarge this as big as you can, and look real close, the name is Joe is hand printed  on the angel on the right. A dear friend and her husband attend  GriefShare Classes I facilitated after their son was killed. Last Christmas, a package arrived at my house and this was in it. It is all hand made. It has its special place here at home. I didn't pack it away with the rest of the ornaments. 

The rest of the ornaments are large special ones that I wanted to display but are to large for my little tree....

This is a beautiful music box

These cherished singers  are from a very dear couple. They  placed them on my mantle last year welcoming me to my new home.

Those of you who know me know my love for finding treasures at Goodwill.... everything on this shelf came from there this year.

And this little guy too...

This is my reading,Knitting, writing, praying Chair..Can you tell how much I love it?

And this last but not least picture is not about the bed with all the pillows and animals, but about the wreath. Look closely in the middle of it.  It's the horseshoe decoration I bought at the Victorian Country Christmas Festival. Another choice..... I chose to celebrate Joe's love for horseshoes... ( don't put it past me to find an old pickle ball paddle and decorate it for Christmas next year. ) So I end my blog for now. I chose to celebrate the birth of my Savior, I choose to give if I see a need, even if it's just my time, to listen to them, I choose to sing our favorite Christmas songs, even if it brings a moment of tears, Because I'm choosing to celebrate, it brings me joy....and the Joy of the Lord is my strength.
Bye for now,

Saturday, November 11, 2017

GG Goes To A Birthday Party For Two Great Grands......

Today I attended a brother/sister birthday celebration for two of my great grandchildren.

There was lots of hugs and

kisses for GG.
Even though mom was prepared for a frosting "bath" it didn't happen. 

I think she was just overwhelmed with so many people, 
the flame on the candle .....who knows.
After a nice lunch and birthday cake, we then went to the large area where a bouncy house was waiting for the kids to play on.

"Then it was time to open gifts"  Little sister will open hers after she gets home today. Dad sat right beside the birthday boy to help him with the gifts and the "thank yous" 

This is the "Miss middle child" who has a summer birthday. She did not hesitate a moment to let GG know how old she is. It was a fun day for friends to eat and visit together. Some of the parents grew up together, went to school together, went to church together or all three. It was a joy for this grandma to have sweet memories of the birthday kiddo's daddy when he was a tiny little boy. 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

I'm a Blessed Great Grandma

I received an email yesterday telling me great grandchild number 10 arrived at 9:14 Sunday Morning November 5th. Caroline Juniper White weighed in at 6 lbs 8 ounces and 20 inches long.

 Mommy and Daddy said "Things went well. She's tiny but healthy and definitely capable of making herself heard! :) We are blessed and humbled to welcome sweet Callie into our family and pray that the Lord will give us His grace and wisdom for the journey ahead."

With love, 
Joshua, Kaitlin, and Araina

Big sister Araina visiting new little sister Callie.

This is my great grandbaby number 10. And the blessings continue..... great grandbaby number 11 will be here November 29th unless he decides he wants to arrive sooner.  God is good and I am so blessed.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Anniversary And Birthday Celebrations

Thirty years ago today my son Mike married his best friend Patty.

Praying the Lord will bless them with 30 more wonderful years.

Because she has to work on her birthday Friday, we chose to celebrate my daughter in law Jennifer's birthday today by having high tea at English Garden Tea Cafe

I highly recommend this beautiful little Tea House. It is set up to accommodate from a party of two to 20. If you want to have a celebration there, the owner asks that you please call one day ahead and the same if you plan on having a high tea. Walk ins are welcome for small tea or lunch. 

For fun we started out by choosing a fancy hat

Just Perfect Jennifer!!

I'm not really a hat person but for fun I chose a wide brim. You can't see the flowers on top but they were pretty.

We started out with each our own pot of tea.
 The tea menu has a large selection.
Jennifer's choice was 
Lavender Rose White –
 A fragrant blend of organic
 white peony tea,
 lemon verbena, lavender and rose petals.
 Light and delicious a tasty tea served hot or cold.

I chose Feel Better Blend – Caffeine Free
 Refreshing blend of chamomile, lemon myrtle,
 peppermint, eucalyptus, and ginger.
 Gently calms frazzled nerves and
 brightens blue moods.
 No I didn't have the blue mood,
 just love the flavor of the tea.

Her Victorian High Tea included the following....

All teas come with
 a pot for one with a tea selected from our
 Jasmine Pearl teas
A cup of soup, 
a fruit scone served with clotted cream and jam,
 selection of seasonal fruit,
a trio of sandwiches and savories,
 with a trio of desserts
 served on a beautiful three tiered tray
I chose not to have the Victorian High Tea today
 but instead had a yummy egg salad sandwich
 normally served on a croissant but today 
I chose homemade white bread.

The Victorian High Tea ended with a sweet home made birthday cupcake. And all those in the room including the staff singing Happy Birthday to her.