Thursday, December 27, 2012

~ Saying Good-bye to Christmas and Wishing ~

Wow! It's hard to believe the hustle and bustle of Christmas is behind us. The crowded malls, the extra "crazy" drivers on the freeway, short tempered clerks, all of that is behind us for yet another year. Did you rush out at the last minute to buy a gift or two you had forgotten to pick up? Did you forget the cream cheese for the icing? Or are you a Martha Stewart organized person?  Even with all the last minute oops here and there everything always manages to come together. The stress of making sure it all gets done is put behind us and we enjoy our time together. I hope you all were good boys and girls and got what you asked for!

The last couple of weeks flew around our home. My daughter and grandson came home for Christmas, they were here a glorious 13 days. The extra feet roving across the floor, laughter and utter chaos made my heart sing. The roof had to have gone up inches with the extra noise. What joy our children and grands bring when they come home.
The tree was all a glow on Christmas eve, with
the anticipation of a few gifts being opened. Except for Miss Isabelle, the chaos didn't effect her at all, she decided to sleep through most of it. lol

My Catie 
Mr. P and Miss Scooter taking it all in.
Mr. Bailey entertaining us, modeling the jersey his big sister gave him.
Melanie Jordan hit the jackpot with Paula Deen cookware from Mom. I had to wait for "years" to have a great set of cookware, how about you?
My Catie has been a very good girl this year, she's wanted a Kitchen Aid for a very long time.
Miss Scooter tried to escape to the kitchen in hopes she could talk me into a treat, ahhhh that did not happen, she's on a diet. This poor girl is way over weight, in desperate need of loosing a few pounds so her little hips don't hurt her as much.
There were a lot of Little Cuties eaten the last couple of days, along with a lot of other sweets and beverages.
The kids left early this morning, I watched with tears in my eyes as they pulled out of the drive, keeping fingers crossed they'll be able to come home in June. The house is oh so quiet once again. I would trade all the quiet in the world to have the hustle and bustle of the kids coming and going. My Bailey acting silly as a clown with all of his humor. The dogs constant need to have to go outside, and all the extra wash.
Our day is slowly falling back into it's normal routine. Most of my Christmas is down and ready to be stored away for another year. I haven't taken down the tree just yet, the white lights add an iridescent glow to the evening hours. Have you put away all of your Christmas? Or do you have the tradition of leaving it up till after the New Year?
Thanks for swinging by to say hello, love your visits and your sweet comments.
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Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I leave most of it up until New Years Day....that is what I do that day....I must admit, I am ready....I love how fresh and clean everything looks when it is all put away!

Nancy @ The Headmistress said...

We leave our decorations up until Twelfth Night...after an exhausting Christmas and Eve, it's nice not to have to rush around. But then, on Jan 7, I'll be wishing it WAS all down!
Happy New Year!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Lynne, it looks like you had a wonderful Christmas! I started taking my things down today. The tree will probably stay up for another day or so. I usually wait until New Year's Day; but I'm ready for it all to come down now. I need a fresh look!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Looks and sounds like you enjoyed the holidays and time with your children. I left some out as have a get together here this weekend, but did put a few things up. Did not decorate a lot to begin with this year.
Cold here - ready for 80 degrees again. :D
Enjoy your evening.

Lee said...

Your tree looked lovely. I loved how my house looked but there is something to say about taking things down and starting new and changing things up for the long winter ahead.
I do it on New Years day.
Have a happy New Years.

Blondie's Journal said...

I feel the same as you...the noise of the children, the house being filled with happy noise. Your family is beautiful and your critters darling. We all need a diet now!

Love your tree. I leave mine up until it starts to drop a lot of needles. It seems we are too busy before Christmas to enjoy it fully so afterward I love it.

Wishing you a wonderful New Year!


Bonnie said...

We leave ours up until New Year's Day and I take it down while my husband watches football.

I love your family memories. So real and sweet. There is nothing better than the joy of sharing and being with your loved ones.

Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

Great pictures Lynne! It sounds like so much fun. When my Mom was alive we would spend a week to ten days all together. The memories will never be forgotten! We're now in that in between stage with college kids so it'll be a few years till the hustle and bustle of little kids happens for us.
I took my decorations down today. It does inspire me to get everything organized and ready for the new year.
Take care my friend,

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

We all sort of wished Christmas over this year, which was probably not the best thing to do. It has always been my favorite time of year but this year was a struggle.
Your tree is just beautiful, Lynne.
Christmas wishing will always be with me even though the day is gone..
Your family photo's were a treat. I know exactly how you felt while you watched them drive away. I did the same thing.
I like to leave my tree up until New Years..and take it down on the second but mine is real and when it gets dry I sure.
It's a melancholy time of year.
I hear raindrops on the roof..which means more snow on our mountain tops. Love that!