Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Winding Down

If you want to get anything done before the end of the year, you'd best get started...time is RUNNING OUT! We will spend the last hours of 2008 at home just like we did last year, the year before that, and, well, let's just say it's TRADITION at this point. We'll be wiith a few close friends and far away from the crazy crowds. Enjoying laughs by the fire. Unsealing the envelope with the predictions we wrote last New Year's Eve to see how many of them came to pass. Writing down our prognostications for the coming year and enjoying a midnight breakfast together. It might sound dull to some, but it's our idea of a perfect New Year's Eve. Our best to all of you for a happy and healthy 2009.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Week In Between

After a couple of days of undecking the halls and enjoying some down time with Kate and E.W., I had a excellent visit with my folks. Daddy and I worked out some computer issues and even managed to figure out how to have webcam conversations with each other. I know this is a no-brainer achievement for some, but we had no idea what we were doing so we were very EUREKA when we figured it out. We are easily entertained. Kate came over last night, just in time to enjoy an outing to Rhinehart's! After a few shopping stops, I'm back home getting ready for 2009. There are prognostications to develop, resolutions to make, and reflections to write. Not to mention a trip to the grocery store for our traditional New Year's Eve and New Year's Day menu supplies. So we don't starve. Because we haven't been eating like piglets for the past two weeks. Right.


Back to normal.

Mama's favorite spot.

Her view from the sunroom.

We all look like deer in the headlights!

Rhinehart's shrimp!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Our Christmas

The 23rd is usually the day my folks arrive for Christmas. Since they were not :( coming this year, we didn't really know what to do with ourselves Tuesday! Kate did come home after spending a few days in B'ham; the rest of the B'ham crew made it to Ashley's folks later that night. We are ever-so-grateful for traveling mercies.

Yesterday afternoon Worth and Emmett got in some 'boy time' on the golf course (bonding). We attended Christmas Eve service at our church (inspiration) and then made it over to the Gaines' annual gathering (laughs).

The Pros from Dover

Christmas Eve at the Gaines
Kate, Lib, Sally

Wanda Woman in the kitchen.

The Patio Scene

Double Trouble

Sarah and Wilson show how it's done.

Today we did something we have never, ever done before on Christmas morning; we slept in! The B'ham and Albany crews weren't due here until early afternoon, so we had a leisurely Christmas morning. Although it was different, we found that it was not a bad way to begin the day.

Christmas Day Cat Patrol
Guess they are wondering where Santa is.

The table is ready!

Sa and Gramps got here first, so E.W. and Gramps
 had time to solve all of the world's problems.

Ellie arrived, charmed everyone, and then napped while we opened gifts and had Christmas dinner. Then she woke up in time to do some more charming and try out her new Bumbo.

Ellie's here!

Auntie Kate loves her Ellie Bean.

Mia gets a squeeze.

E.W. gets some sugar.

Gramps, too.

Now Sa.

Ellie's napping; time to open gifts.
Yeah, the German puzzle isn't quite finished!

Diggin' in.

Ashley explains our gift.
This is standard for our group, having to explain gifts.

Sa shocks Kate with a BIG gift,
her diamond earrings.

Joni Mitchell and more!

Rolling on the floor after Christmas dinner.

Rolling on the sofa for some of us.

Yay, Ellie's up from her nap.

I got a Bumbo!

Woo hoo!

Calm down, you say?

The Best Gift

Monday, December 22, 2008

Tolerate Us

From the Scheiss Weekly:

Things Nice People Already Know: Why whine when sharing is so much nicer?

Mamacita says: I will never understand why some people feel they have to be so defensive and hostile all the time. These people whine “insensitivity” but the truth is, THEY are the ones who are insensitive.

This time of year, in particular, one reads article after article, letter after letter, about incident after incident concerning “violation of my rights as a citizen/resident of this country and I want it STOPPED RIGHT NOW or I shall SUE and WHINE SOME MORE and WRITE SOME MORE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR and COMMENT ON WEBSITES and DEMAND THAT MY RIGHTS BE HONORED.” Not anyone else’s: just theirs.

Well, in this country, we all have a right to our rights. But shouldn’t rants like this be reserved for issues that are more, well, life and death? Because if you’re raising such a stink about a wreath and a candy cane, what have you left for horrific death and tragedy?

I really don’t think anybody had you singled out for abuse when that snowman and the reindeer were put out in the yard. And if someone wishes to put out a nativity scene, well, they’ve got rights, too. Just don’t look.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

A Christmas Event

Late yesterday afternoon I got back in town just before Kate wheeled in from the Classic City; we had about two hours to get ready for her traditional Christmas dinner party for high school friends. I told her I thought the dinner needed a more festive name (an event that's happening for the eighth year in a row really does deserve a festive name) but got nowhere with that. Anyway, we had planned an easy menu (in line with the apparent trend to simplify the holidays) so getting ready was a snap.

What a PLEASURE it has been to be on the sidelines as these girls have become amazing young women. Some were not able to be in town this weekend (work and geography are to blame - boo hiss!) and were missed. Maybe next year?

Saturday, December 20, 2008


Ellie and I decided we needed a self-portrait on our last day together (feel free to disregard the lack of makeup on the grandmother!). After some down time with her parents this weekend, Ellie has a visit from her Auntie Kate planned and then a trip to Georgia to await Santa. The girls in our family DO have such busy social schedules!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Three Months Old Today

We are (just a tad!) biased, but how PRECIOUS is this little face? Ellie is three months old today and it's been a JOY for me to be with her this week while her mama was working. We've had a fine time together and have made lots of plans for future mischief, too!

She has stolen more of my heart, but as Betsey told me, it's okay because once a grandchild has stolen your heart, you don't want it back. Ellie, your Mia loves you!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

87 Seconds

Just a FEW of the expressions Ellie managed in the span of 87 seconds (yes, I checked the timestamp).

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Mary, Did You Know?

One of THE MOST amazing songs of the season...take a few minutes and let your heart be filled with the wonder of God's Gift.

Monday, December 15, 2008

A Day in the Life

Can I just say that I LOVE being a grandmother?

Y'all come back, hear?

Welcome! Whether you came from BooMama's Christmas Tour of Homes or from somewhere else and have no idea what a BooMama is, fix yourself a nice snack and relax. Enjoy our tour and then click on the button on the right to see what families from here to there have done to make their homes ready for Christmas celebrations (after you get there you'll need to scroll down to find everyone's links). Part of the tour is sharing something about our holiday eating habits, too, so here's our traditional Christmas Brunch.

Now, anyone who knows us could tell you how much we treasure family keepsakes. It's just who we are. Every part of our Christmas reflects that same sensibility; no magazine will ever come to us for their December photo shoot! That being said, we wouldn't have it any other way. Who would want a fancy dancy nativity when they could cherish one that's been in the family for as long as I can remember? Yes, it came from W. T. Grant's. Yes, each piece still has a ten cent price sticker on the bottom. Yes, the hay in the stable is the hay my grandfather put in it some time around 1955. Also, our tree is not decorated. It's simply covered in ornaments made in kindergarten, pictures of first Christmases, and gifts from family and friends. Our underlying theme is this: If you gave it to us because you love us, it's a treasure. If you loved it first and then passed it along to us, we are honored.

Y'all come back, hear?

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