Monday, December 2, 2013

It's December?

Happy Monday morning to you all. We had a busy, busy weekend here. And I'm having a hard time believing that it's December already. My goodness. There isn't even 4 weeks between Thanksgiving day and Christmas this year. I'm glad I'm all prepared and ready for the holiday. I've spent the morning cleaning the entire house and putting up a few decorations. Emphasis on a few decorations. Since we're not home for Christmas this year, I'm forgoing a tree and have just put out some knick-knacks.

Jamie, Kyleigh and Caleb arrived in the early afternoon on Wednesday. We had a great time with Grandma baking and preparing the turkey for roasting. Our kitchen is part of one big room, (dining, living and kitchen) and I love being part of everything even when I'm cooking. Kyleigh and Caleb had fun with a dualing game of Angry Birds on my Ipad and Jamie's notebook. Hubby and Jamie looked over a new purchase Hubby has made while Chloe looks on. (This second photo is in our bedroom, we have a sitting room attached.)

Mandy, Brad and Piper arrived early in the afternoon on Thursday. They both had to work on Wednesday and it would have been very late had they come after work. This worked out much better. The grandkids had a wonderful time playing together and Piper loved having Kyleigh read to her. Caleb is in first grade and is reading chapter books to Grandpa. I'm amazed at how well both of them read, but then, all of our kids are avid readers and so are Hubby and I. It must be hereditary!
Giving Piper rides in the Tonka dump truck turned into the biggest fun thing to do all weekend! They all loved it and the big kids were very careful not to go too fast or run into walls! :-)

We woke up to thick frost over everything on Friday and then, later in the day, Piper experienced her very first snowfall. She loved it!

Aren't they a cute family? I just love them so much! We get to be at their house for 9 days at Christmas and the amazing thing is, they seem to like being with us! Even our son-in-love, Brad, enjoys having Hubby around. They like to work on projects together.

Here are Kyleigh and Caleb teaching Piper all about Angry Birds! She just wanted to see Elmo. :-)

Even a little crafting got done last week. I finished two scarves. One for Alex's girlfriend, Fifi, who loves the color pink. She's graduating next spring from a school in Tokyo with a fashion degree, but still like the things I make. Alex's is the same color as Harumi's that I made last week.
I also made a crocheted tie for Alex. He and Fifi each bought me a crochet pattern book when we were in Tokyo. However, I'm completely guessing at the directions since it's all in Japanese. I think I need to go a hook smaller because the tie is much wider than I think it should be. Oh well, I'll send him this one and then make him another later.

And last, but certainly not least, I started more mittens this weekend. I'm hoping to make great progress on them over the next couple of weeks so I can take 50 pairs in to the school after Christmas break.
Three pairs done already! Yippee! I had enough yarn left from the others to make several pair so I'm on my way to the new goal.

Speaking of mittens, I better get moving and get those needles working. Have a lovely Monday my friends and remember to smile at everyone. This can be a stressful season and a smile goes a long, long way to improving someone's day.



  1. Hi Betsy.. I'm so happy for you to have all the family there! You're such a good and generous person and fun to be around, so I'm sure it was a fun time for all. I'll give you some yarn for your mittens when you're here for our holiday luncheon!! Gotta pack my swimsuit and meet Gracie at the pool!

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    *M*E*R*R*Y* *C*H*R*I*S*T*M*A*S*!*
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    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  2. I'm so glad you had a happy Thanksgiving celebration and have finished so many lovely projects, Betsy!
    You do inspire me!!! I finally got the blue dishcloth done that I started months ago :) Since I see that Teresa expects me to show up for swimming I had best get ready and go :)
    Love with hugs,

  3. How nice to have all your family together for the weekend. It sounds like you had a wonderful time. All the knitting looks so warm and cozy. Nice job.

  4. That sounds like a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  5. Great photos of your family! That was awesome that you all could be together and that you'll be spending more time with them at Christmas.
    Ah, a sitting room! I would LOVE one:)

  6. It looks like you all had a wonderful time. I'm sorry I missed seeing them! You have been truly blessed- even though they are scattered all over the world they are wonderful kids!

  7. Hello my dear friend Betsy. So happy you had your family there. It's so much fun just to be together and enjoy each other's company. Love the neck tie and the scarves. You are so quick, you barely started the mittens and already have 50? How great is that ? can't wait to see you my dear friend :)

  8. Hi Betsy! It sure looks like you had a very happy Thanksgiving holiday with your family all there. The kids are all darling!
    I love the scarves AND the mittens!!!
    XO Kris

  9. Hi Betsy, can you resend your address to me I'd like to send a little cash for the mittens, I pray for those poor kids. Your Thanksgiving looks awesome, I love when families all get together. So much fun to be had by all. Blessings, Sherri

  10. Betsy, what a beautiful post filled with so much family love. Your family is lovely, just like you. Glad you had a wonderful time.

  11. ah you are a busy lady and love the pickies of the family so blessed aren't we.. and not wonder your little ones are good readers when they receive such wodnerful encouragement like Grandpa is giving love Shaz in oz.x

  12. I almost missed this post Betsy. I am so happy to hear your whole family spent Thanksgiving with you this year. I really love seeing sweet smiling faces in the snow...such a pretty picture!
    Love all the scarves and mittens!
    Hugs, Shari

  13. So nice that everyone in the family gets along and the cousins are very sweet and kind to one another. Just the way families should be. Makes for a happy holiday. Blessings to you all, Tammy