Yesterday we were busy little elves!! Louis Dean planted himself on the den couch and proceeded to spend the next five HOURS cracking and shelling pecans!!!
That's some serious $$$ if we had to BUY them!!
When he wasn't shelling pecans (with Hallmark Channel Christmas movies playing back to back!) -
he was in the kitchen baking a juicy ham to take to Amber's for our second Thanksgiving Celebration!
I made Sweet Potato Casserole.
I admit to going a little heavy on that topping!
I have enough in the fridge for my next batch!
I stayed busy decorating all day! This bit about doing things neatly and without trashing the house just wasn't working for me! I started decorating like a mad woman with my hair on fire!!! Thank goodness I had to stop and get ready to go over to Quadville or I might have worked myself silly!
Granddad was warmly greeted - especially by Kailey!
She chose him as her very own when she was a mere 3 pounds and something!
They do have a special bond!
I revelled in having all FIVE of my youngest grandchildren together!!!
Raynie was adorable and kept the younger ones thoroughly entertained as well as the adults!
Logan and Trystan were wearing their Princess dresses for the occasion!
I don't get many pictures of Mike so I snapped this one of him and Logan!
Summer and Amber made a run to Walmart for a few things and came back with Duck Commander WINE!!! Who KNEW??? The Pinot was for me and it was good!
Dinner was ready! Amber and Mike wanted to host a family get together since we couldn't all be together on Thanksgiving.
Rayne was the center of attention!
I don't think this quad table will be around much in 2015!
Hard to believe how BIG they all are now!
Hello from the Fab Five!!!
While the youngsters had their table......
the adults had theirs!
After dinner entertainment!!
Love Rayne with her Cowboy hat!
Amber kept to one of our family traditions - a Home Alone movie!
In this case it was Lost in New York!
We had a wonderful time! I guess we got home about 10:00.....
It was Good Night from the Chapmans!
Lights went out shortly after this!
We went to bed tired and woke up tired!
It took us all day to get to feeling better.
By afternoon we were hanging lights and going through tub after tub of decorations.
The PORCH is a done deal.....nearly!
Still a little tweaking to do.
Since we have the 'new' Christmas tree for the living room, I used the old one on the front porch!
I covered the porch bench cushions with Christmas shirts. Still need to tweak those, too!!
Louis Dean and I have only put up outside lights once or twice since we have been married.
We had visions of putting them along the roof line and such but settled for outlining the windows.
We will do a little more on the front side tomorrow.
It will probably take me all week to finish decorating. I made a good bit of progress in the foyer, den and living room but none of them are completely finished yet. We will put lights outside along the kitchen deck and in the gazebo and back corner of the yard in coming days.
My goal is to be DONE by this time next week!!!
Then we can sit back and enjoy it all!
If I can 'see' it DONE in my mind - I know it will happen!!!
I'm doing a few things differently this year.
The white netting is new as is having a tree on the porch!
Since the white lights were already in place (and since I favor them!) they stayed.
Colored lights will be used in as many trees through the house as I can manage!!
It is quitting time!
We need to spend a little while enjoying the fruits of our labors before going to bed.
Funny how EARLY I want to go to bed these days!
Perhaps my internal clock is readjusting.