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Okay, it's been a while, I know. Let's see...

First, our trip. We started out on Thursday night, driving south. An online friend and her husband invited us to stop at their place outside of Dalton, GA to visit and spend the night. Their home is on the side of a mountain and is absolutely gorgeous. We had a lovely visit and the next morning a fabulous southern breakfast before starting off on the road again.

Friday was driving. I had forgotten how long it takes to get to my Dad's house (closer to ten hours--I thought eight) so we didn't arrive until after dark...around eight or so at night. And we missed the turn to their street, so it took a half an hour longer than it should have. *grumps* But it was really great to see everyone--my daughter, her husband and their son were there already--and my sister and her husband arrived a couple hours after we did. So, much visiting was done until we had to get going to the motel where we stayed that night.

Saturday was so much fun. We got back to Dad's house around ten o'clock and had pancakes for breakfast. Then we spent time visiting and catching up with everyone. Got to hang out with everyone and get to know the baby (Nathan) again. He is very cute and very smart and very TWO. Hee. In the afternoon, we exchanged gifts and then had a lovely dinner. It's hard to explain how much fun was had because it was mostly great conversation, laughter and general merriment. Saturday night, Hubby and I stayed at Dad's house for the night.

Sunday morning was breakfast and more visiting before Hubby and I had to hit the road for the long drive home. The kitties were really glad to see us when we got back.

We worked from Monday through Thursday and are off until next Wednesday (for me) and Thursday (for Hubby).

Yesterday, Hubby and I braved the crowds and finished our Christmas shopping. We had such a nice time going through the stores. The parking lots and roads were another story. Wow, I didn't realize there were that many cars in all of Tennessee! Yikes. But we got through it all. My car resembled Santa's sleigh--the trunk was full to bursting with gifts. We are really looking forward to Christmas day when the kids are here! We wanted to make sure their first Christmas in their new home was special and fun--and I think we will succeed. :)

Last night was my own tradition of wrapping presents while watching my two favorite versions of "A Christmas Carol." First and in my opinion the BEST version is the Alistair Sim version called "Scrooge"...watched in the traditional black and white. Next we watched some Disney cartoons with winter/Christmas themes and lastly was the George C. Scott version of "A Christmas Carol." By the time I finished my wrapping, it was almost 10:30 pm! I hope the kids like their gifts!

Today, I am going grocery shopping for the makings of our Christmas feast...roast beef of some sort. I am also going to try my hand at Rachel Ray's "Five Minute Fudge" which I am making to substitute for my usual "Fantasy Fudge" because I have not been able to find any Marshmallow Fluff anywhere this year.

So, that's us, up to date. If I don't update before--I hope everyone on my f-list has a happy, healthy and fun Christmas, Chanukah, Solstice or whichever winter festival you celebrate!

Love and Joy to you all!


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