So after the dinner was over, I stayed with mom for two more nights before Julie came by to pick me up for a short time at her home.
I got to sleep in my granddaughter's room. She has a very lovely bedroom to herself with a Princess bed, an armoire, two chests of drawers and a bookshelf. Not to mention a toy chest and various little girl essentials, the play kitchen, the baby doll stroller, the doll bed etc.....
Her bed was VERY comfortable and I defo slept like a Princess while I was there!
There are a few foodstuffs there I cant get here in the UK.... one being pimento cheese spread.
So every morning, this was my breakfast.....
I had cube steak, mac & cheese, chili, biscuits, and all my favorite things I cant get here.
They had gotten most of the outdoor lighting up before I arrived, only adding a bit here and there after I arrived, but more on that later...
My daughter got her indoor Christmas decorations out and started putting them up while I was there, too. There was a few things that had her stumped at to where they should go- but together we sorted it out. I also got to go with the family on their annual Christmas tree hunt. Okay- so it wasn't out in the woods but at the local Christmas tree lot, but seeing as how I haven't been able to have a live tree in over 6 years it was every bit as exciting. Actually more so than going out in the woods cause I didn't have to walk as far nor did we have to chop it down. we just walked around and looked at the height and shape and chose the one we wanted.
Once it was home and in the dining room(she has an open floor plan for the living/dining area) she and I were like coke addicts. We would start into the kitchen for a cup of coffee or a snack and stop mid-step, lean over, stick our faces close to the tree and inhale to our hearts content.
That is the smell of Christmas.
And I have decided that next year I am having a real live tree come hell or high-water!!!! i'm doing Christmas MY way. Enough of this artificial Plastic Imitation Christmas. Maybe that's where my Christmas spirit went this year... it just forgot what a REAL Christmas is like. The sights, the smells, the sparkle and fun!!! Well, no more.
Anyway, So here is a bit of the decorating we did while I was there... and it's not everything she has put out, either.
|On your mark....get set....GO!....|
|Rudolf!!! (Fiancee did NOT find that amusing.)|
|No idea why this was taken... Alyssa (4 year old Granddaughter) may have taken it while I was in the kitchen. Not bad for a 4 year old if that is the case......|
|Daughter/Sister in law Kathy came by to visit and help too!|
|Le petite Trees....|
|My daughter has a flair for simple beauty!!|
|Randolf....Rudolf's brother. (again, boyfriend wasnt as amused as we were.)|
|I love her Village!!|
|Rudolf and his wreaths- probably won at the Reindeer Games.|
|Julie dreams of a silver and white Christmas theme one day- so I bought her a frosted white and silver glitter hurricane lamp with a spruce scented candle to put in it for her starter. We all have dreams!!!|
|Her Dining Tavbe!!|
|My Baby Girl having a quiet moment.....|
|She keeps her Christmas Ribbon in this pretty display box!!! For some reason my flash refused to work in some spots...|
|This mirror has been sitting in her closet for ages because she couldn't find a place for it. It was meant to be a full length mirror, but we hung it horizontally and put the garland over it. Perfect!!|
The one thing we didn't get done before I came home was decorate the tree. We did continue to "huff" it every time we passed it tho.
... to be continued.....