We had our very first Quad Monday of 2017!
I saw them as they drove up in the driveway but I always wait until they get to the door.
They usually take turns in ringing the bell......a real bell that you jangle by a ribbon that has old cuff links tied to it.
This week they ALL rang it at the same time!
It was so good to see them!!
I think they missed our Quad Mondays as much as we did!
Who loves you, Granddad?? ME!!!! says Kailey!
Harrison said, "Watch me wink!"
I love how kids say 'Watch Me!!'
They really helped me get a bunch of Christmas down!
Harrison crawled under the big tree in the living room and pulled out all the gift boxes (empty) and took the fancy ribbons off and then nestled them all inside each other. A time consuming chore!
Logan and Trystan undecorated the den tree.
Speaking of the den.....let me show you the closet we were huddled into Sunday night.
The closet area goes back to the right about 3 feet so it makes a good size space to use as shelter.
The kids helped me get all of that back in there!
For lunch we did a High Tea.....
sandwiches. buns, cake, cookies, fruit and we added chips, cheese and dried broccoli to make it a real meal.
They are getting so big now!
I hope they never outgrow their love for tea parties!
They have loved the Tea Party Game I bought last Christmas and I am about to start the Good Manners Card Game I bought at the same time.
That Logan has the sweetest angelic smile.
The cookies from Trader Joes were a big hit....
this - not so much!
Naps followed lunch and we ALL slept!
Harrison was the first to wake up and he wanted to play with his dinosaurs.....all 48 of them!
He had a dinosaur parade!
They were able to play outside for a bit before it started getting dark.
Since they were all occupied, I asked Louis Dean if he wanted a have a glass of wine in the gazebo before I started dinner. Just as we took a first sip, all four kids were in the gazebo with us. Not only that, but they got closer and closer until they were right up in our faces and laps!
It's like they have radar!!
Trystan thought Granddad needed some attention!
Harrison was the only one that didn't get in Louis Dean's lap that day.
He probably did - I just didn't see it to get a photo!
By 8:00 they were fed, bathed, and ready to go home and go to bed.
I took a shower and did the same thing.
This morning it was hard to get up so I didn't! At least not for awhile!
After a cup of coffee - in bed - I called Ruth Ann.
We had not seen each other since the middle of December.
We met Louis Dean for lunch at Cheddar's before we hot up some thrift shops and went to visit Reaoma. We always have such a good time together and it had been too long!
Our first thrift store stop was Union Gospel Mission.
There the unthinkable happened!
We decided to got visit Reaoma next and that's always fun.
At every visit we always laugh.
Reaoma has the best attitude!
On our way home, we hit up The Curiosity Shop, DAV and Goodwill.
DAV has a nice area to rest back in the warehouse part where they have furniture.
I found a decent amount of treasures at Goodwill.
We started our day off around 1:00 and it was nearly 6:00 when I got home.
The skies were dark and it had started to rain by then.
Here are my Tuesday Treasures:
The first thing I found at the DAV.
I was wearing a comfy sweater and this jacket fit right over it.
It's light weight and has a silk lining.
I am going to wear this a lot with my jeans!
I picked this up for Amber to let the girls use.
Amber designs and makes jewelry so she might be able to use some of the supplies.
If not, the girls will feel grown up with their own jewelry crafting case.
The Curiosity Shop isn't a thrift store but we can always find a treasure.
The hand embroidered apron was just $5 and the bag of sewing supplies was also $5.
From Goodwill - fall
A thick thirsty towel......
long Williams Sonoma table runner.....
nice green blouse.....
and I LOVE this sweater - size small but it FITS!!
I picked up two rugs at DAV.
They are really nice and handwoven.
I got this to take to the ranch. We don't get TV reception but we can watch DVDs.
I am using some of my scarves in the dining room on a couple of tables and when I saw these brand new chargers, I scooped them right up!
I'm including this pink pajama top to illustrate how God blesses me with thrift store finds. I told Ruth Ann I was looking for an oversized pink top to sleep in. Sure enough! This was just exactly what I was looking for! That reminds me of the day in early December when Summer and I were at a Goodwill. Summer had a very specific color and size top she needed to complete an outfit for Christmas.
She found the very item and it was a quality brand!
After I got home. I had some housework to do.
Yesterday the dishwasher wouldn't completely drain so dishes are having to be done by hand until LD figures out what's wrong. I packed away more Christmas and cleaned my bathroom.
The faucet at the sink has all but come off. You can literally pick it up. That's another thing on Louis Dean's 'Honey Do' list now.
I really enjoyed this afternoon!
Ruth Ann and I felt like we just drifted and floated with it.
I started getting a headache when I got home. It could be the rain.
Or it could be the awful smell in the den. I think a critter has died and I am so hoping I don't find a carcass in there somewhere when I clean in there. It's probably a mouse in the attic.
I just googled 'how long does a dead mouse smell' and I didn't get the whole thing typed before it pulled the info right up!
ANSWER: The odor will last about 10 days or perhaps a bit longer. There is no certain way that the dead mouse can be found, and there are no chemicals that will take the odor away.
So I decided to simply go to bed and blog!
If I go in the den, I will put some Ben Gay on my neck and Vicks Vapor Rub on my nose and light candles!