Thursday, January 1, 2009

NEW YEAR WITH A BLAST!!







That should say Blizzard!!! WE are in the midst of a BLIZZARD at the moment!!! Great way to start a New Year!!!!

Well, it's been over a week since I actually did a decent post...and I have to say, we had one of the best Holidays in years. Christmas Eve we had an open house....drop in, say hello, have a drink, leave...LOL....we had some neighbours drop in, and it was great. Later in the day, the girls and I headed on over to Larry's brother's house for their drop in.....stayed for a bit and came home to play board games around the fire...great way to spend Christmas Eve. Larry and Gregory stayed here, in case we had more drop-ins. Christmas morning I was the first one up, as usual, (I love getting up early!!) I made blueberry muffins for breakfast, and by that time, everyone else was up, so we headed on down to the family room to open presents. I got a cross-stitch from my youngest....and I'm thrilled...she is such a good little shopper! How she gets to do it, is at her school they have a shopping day.....parents donate new things (Dollar Store, or new things that aren't going to be used in that particular household.) They are all organized on tables in the gym....example, for mom, for sister, for brother....and the kids get to buy for their family..safe, cheap, easy way to shop! Each item is $1.00, and if your child takes 5 things in, she gets 5 tickets to shop....(parents have to send the money in as well)...but it's so great for the kids! I have already started the cross-stitch and it will belong to my daughter at some point.




My son gave me a Christmas plate....he wanted me to open it on Christmas Eve, so I did and I have used it almost every day since for various things. My oldest daughter gave me a gift certificate for a manicure! Yippee!!






My husband surprised me with a membership to Costco!! We had talked about it, but I wasn't expecting it for Christmas. He had the card in this really fancy box and put it under the tree. At one point he asked me if I had shaken that box...I said No, why? He said it might break! Crazy hubby!! He also got me a beautiful heart shaped ring, which I tried to take a photo of!!


Christmas Day I was going to cook chicken, potatoes, carrots, etc...and Larry's mom called and invited us over for supper! A first, as in 22 years we have never had Christmas Dinner with his mom....we went, as did all the family and it was wonderful!! I am thankful for a very Blessed Christmas!!
On Sunday, I had all of Larry's family, a couple of extras and ourselves for a buffet style meal...it went over very well.


My colourful girls...before the party..LOL

Last night we stayed home....had chinese food and set off fireworks in the middle of a snow storm at midnight!!! LOL......


Oh and yesterday morning, I had coffee with a childhood friend.....she gave me this folk art photo she drew...and a really nice card...the back of the picture frame says...."There were three cottages by the sea,Where three girls laughed and played carefree."



It will hold a special place in my heart, as does she.
And look at this!!! I won a drawing on http://athomewithbecky.blogspot.com/
this arrived yesterday!!! I am thrilled! And look at this pinkeep!!!!






Well everyone, I am staying inside safe and warm...we are all home except for our oldest...she had to work last night for a while and then was going out with her boyfriend...they were going to go back to his parents house, as it is closer to her work...much closer. She is supposed to work later today, but I sure hope the store doesn't open!!!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR....HOPE IT IS A BLESSED ONE!!
Marion



4 comments:

Alexandra said...

Such a nice post you have this first morning of this brand new year!

I am glad your Christmas turned out being special! You opened your heart to it and it blossomed!

What a unique gift from your special friend! She is talented just like you!

Happy New Year!

Sandy said...

Great post Marion. I love all of your photos. It sounds like you had a great holiday. Your girls look so cute in all their colors.

I love the picture your friend drew for you, how beautiful. I love handmade creative gifts.

Congrats on Cotsco and the new ring. Your hubby did good. :D

Nen said...

sounds like you all had a very nice holiday!!! hope you're staying inside and WARM!

Colleen said...

Happy New Year, Marion! I hope 2009 will be filled with lots of good times for you and your family...