My game was a little off on Tuesday morning! I woke up so excited! The day of my annual Christmas Tea had finally arrived! My happiness took a little dent when Louis Dean woke up - sick!
We think it is an allergy induced asthma thing but he stayed IN bed (in the guest room) ALL day and evening thereby totally missing my tea! He had planned to sing some of his favorite Christmas songs for us - like The Angels Cried and Pretty Paper and Angels Among Us.
I carried on without him but really missed him being part of this happy occasion!
I'm grateful to my friends, Debbie and Vallerie, for taking pictures!
I think I took only 4 or 5!
Like I said, I was off my game!
THIS is one I took! My sweet Summer came after work!
My friend, Pat (in the right hand corner) and her granddaughter visiting in the gazebo.
Pat used to come to my art class long years ago! As a matter of fact - this was the first time we've seen each other in 30 years!!
Amber gave Harrison the option of staying home with Dada or coming to MeeMaw's Christmas Tea Party. He chose PARTY!!!
The girls were all dressed up in red Christmas dresses!!!
The weather remained WARM and several guests lingered outside where you could catch a breeze.
I actually turned on the attic fan for the party and I didn't even light candles because they DO give off extra heat!
I took this picture, too, of our dear family friend, June.
She is much loved by Amber and Ben and now the quads!
She used to be in my art class too! SO was her daughter, Kimmy!
They visit every Wednesday they can so they can see the kids.
She has that special gift of paying attention to children. Not all people do that!
Outside by the gazebo.
Funny to have snowmen up there and complain about how warm it is!
I am loving the dome LED multicolored lights!
This is Trystan's favorite tree!
The snowman will play some jazzy music!
Earlier in the day I baked a delicious Kentucky Butter Cake with rum glaze.
It was seriously good!!!
I found the recipe on the Internet and just substituted some white rum for the water in the glaze,
A slice with morning coffee - that sounds wonderful and I think I will have just that very thing in the morning!
I always prepare more food than I need!
Louis Dean's chicken salad was a big hit!
My friends took these photos......
and I thank them!
My favorite tree!
In the den.......
Tree in the sewing room......
The stockings are hung!
My very first lady to arrive for the Tea was a special one!
Betsy is a sister Texas blogger so I was really excited to meet her in person!
Her blog is Estelle's and you will love visiting her!
She is every bit the lovely lady I knew her to be from her blog!!
The evening just flew by!!
Three of us sat in the living room talking after everyone else had gone.
That's the thing about my Christmas Tea. For many this is THE only time of year we get together!
Cathy and her daughter, Joy, and Val and I all talked of this and that - just enjoying being together.
I am very grateful for my friends!
It is a busy season and I knew full well that everyone wouldn't be able to come.
For those who couldn't - please know you were missed!
For those who did, thank you for that precious gift of TIME.
Time to sit and chat. Time to sip some tea. Time to visit and mingle.
It means a lot to me!
There was something very melancholy about putting the house back in order after the party.
It's almost like you blinked and wondered if it really happened!
Today was Quad Wednesday and I was so relieved when Louis Dean GOT OUT OF BED!!
That was a very good sign!!!
Today was much cooler than yesterday - I was SO wishing for THIS weather for my Tea!!! - and the sunshine always does a body good!!!
The quads arrived in long pants and sweaters!
They were reminded about the Fruit Snacks Kimmy and June had brought them so they headed straight to the basket and scooped up a few packets before coming back outside to eat them.
Leaves + rakes + children = FUN!
We ate a picnic lunch out on the side deck - I had plenty of food left from the party!
The kids were tired and so were we. Nap time in the den was just wonderful!!!
Louis Dean had asked me while we were still outside eating where the kids would be napping. I told him and then Trystan turned around and said, "Yes, Granddad! We will all be sleeping in the den!!"
She said it in that same tone and manner as in - "Yes, Virginia, there IS a Santa Claus!"
After our SWEET and long naps - I even slept over an hour - it was craft time!!!
You gotta love a man that will do crafts with the grands!!
Our next activity was a Christmas Tea Party!
They each had their own tea pitchers - also known as creamers!!!
But to the kids they look like small tea pots!
They are getting good at control and I am happy to say there were NO spills today!!
Next was art appreciation.
The Arrival of the Shepherds was right in keeping with this Christmas season.
When their Dada picked them up tonight, they took the picture and a small nativity set and said to him, " See, they MATCH!"
Granddad kept the kids entertained with a Paw Patrol while I cooked dinner.
We ate at the big dining room table and the kids were so well behaved.
I love to treat them like 'Big Kids' - as they call themselves!!
It was a good day!
Poor Louis Dean is feeling a little worse this evening so I am off to make him a hot toddy before he goes to bed.