It was a wonderful Thanksgiving around here and we just kept right on celebrating!
Friday evening we took Jutta over to Quadville to meet everyone. Jutta first followed Amber's blog and then found mine about 3 years ago.
We had a lovely evening!
Amber and Mike had put out a platter of appetizers and I had brought a bottle of sparkling wine.
Louis Dean picked up a stack of pizzas and it was a PARTY!
Kailey got my phone and said, "You got pishers, MeeMaw?"
She found them herself!
I remember the days when I could hold all four in my lap!
Someday not even the love seat will hold us all!
I think Jutta enjoyed meeting the quads!
They each take turns sitting with Granddad during the course of any visit.
They ALL get one on one time with him!
Trystan and Harrison like to use my phone, too!
I never thought I would hand a brand new iPhone to a child!
OR that that child could actually operate it!
Kailey is trying to fill some pretty big shoes!!!
It's a wonder she could even pick up her feet!
I thought I would introduce you to Jutta's granddaughter!
Isn't this just the sweetest photo EVER????
Her daddy is the one who is undergoing treatment for cancer so we are continuing to remember him in our prayers. They are expecting a new baby this spring.
The rain continued all night long and well into Saturday.
Jutta said this weather was much like Finland - except that it isn't dark all the time.
In Finland they only have 6 hours of daylight at this time of year.
Louis Dean cooked up a home style breakfast and played some music for her before she packed her suitcase. His favorite - and hers - was 'I Know Who Holds Tomorrow.' Beautiful.
All too soon, our time with Jutta had drawn to a close.
We sang all the way to the airport and wished her a safe flight back to Finland.
It had been a wonderful experience and we had shared many things.
We shared a traditional American Thanksgiving, shared our faith, our love and our concerns.
She and I shared tears and laughter and had so much fun together.
We shall always remember our time together and what a treasure it was.
When we got home I went for a long walk in the neighborhood.
We still have roses blooming!
Our Mexican Heather is still thriving with the cooler weather!
It truly feels like fall - at long last!!
I met up with my dear neighbor, Ileen, as she was walking Fudge and I had Lucy.
We walked the rest of the way together and it felt so good to catch up with each other.
Then I came home - it had started to rain - and put on my 32 year old pink flannel nightgown and smeared on a layer of Vick's Vapor Rub and my nose and chest and Ben Gay on my neck - AND WENT TO BED!!! I had been fighting a head cold and now I finally just surrendered to it and went to bed.
We watched The Winning Walk on TV instead of going to church this morning.
No sense in spreading this cold around!
I lit a fire and enjoyed the last Sunday of my fall decorations.
Taking down 'Fall' has begun!
The only guests we will be hosting in the foreseeable future are 4 little quadlings!
So DOWN from the attic came all the toys I had stowed away while Jutta was here!
They are all out in plain sight so they don't have to hunt for them under tablecloths or under the table!
Each room in the house will get Undecorated and cleaned before I start bringing in all the Christmas 'debris!' I did put this plaid runner in the guest room to set the stage.
I love our bedroom and I cleaned every square inch!
I intend to use a lot of red in here for Christmas!
I have tried to pace myself and not overdo things.
SEVEN tubs are now full and up in the attic of FALL!
That's just a smidgen of what will be packed and stored away by this time tomorrow night!
Then the decorating can begin!!!
This will be the first year I can get to everything all by myself!
It's all in the old play house right outside my bedroom door.
I can't TELL you how happy this makes Louis Dean!!!!