Monday, December 21st! Wow! Christmas is just around the corner and 2016 is waiting in the wings. Time, please slow down!!!
It was another fun week around here. I had my annual "Girlfriend Brunch" for the Formidible Women this past Thursday. We can't really remember but it seems that this might have been my 15th year to host this occasion. These gals are a part of a birthday group that we formed almost 20 years ago and from that I started the Christmas gathering for us.
We were talking about friendship and what all these years of friendship has brought our way. My goodness, a whole bunch for sure and we have always been there for each other through the good times and not so good times. That's what friendship is all about. We have birthed babies, buried parents, became Grandparents and on and on the list goes. And, there are such varied personalities among us that there's never a dull moment for sure.
I put a lot of thought into this year's menu. I made a Cheesy Sausage and Croissant Casserole (you can find recipe here), Blueberry Cream Muffins (you can find recipe here),and Baked Apples. After this many years it can be challenging to come up with something just a little bit different. I think this was possibly one of the best yet. ~just sayin'~
It was a fun time of girl talk and we do a gift exchange that's always interesting. We all search for just the "right" gift each year. It adds just a little something extra to the mix. We're all thankful for another year in the books.
Friday, my little Princess and I spent the day together. We started by eating breakfast at Waffle House. I gave her 4 choices of places we could go and she immediately said Waffle House. So, the Waffle House it was! She ordered a blueberry waffle and ate 3/4 of it and enjoyed every bite. From there we were off to The Peanuts Movie. The movie started at 11:00, well, that's debatable but we were there, popcorn and drink in hand ready for the movie. At 11:25 there were still previews being shown and both Hanna Beth and I were getting very weary from waiting for the movie to start. We got up, went out to find someone in charge and asked them if the movie was ever going to start or were we in the wrong theater. She walked back into the theater with us and low and behold the movie had started at 11:30. Ridiculous!!! So, by 12:15 Hanna Beth was ready to go and so was I. We got up and left and I was plum aggravated that our movie date had been disrupted. I understand the whole idea about movie previews but 10 minutes worth is plenty (especially before a kids movie) and 30 is "over the top." We did a little shopping and then headed on home. It was a good time spent making a few Christmas memories.
I've had my Christmas shopping done for a while but not one thing is wrapped. So, this morning I will tackle that job. I use to love wrapping gifts but not so much anymore. I bought several of the pretty, pretty boxes last year at the after Christmas sale and will use a few of those for some of the gifts this year.
We'll celebrate Christmas with our son and family and my Dad on Christmas Eve late afternoon and will join them for breakfast at their house on Christmas morning. Our daughter is not coming home this year but will enjoy it with her family at their house. She has made it home more Christmases than not but with a new baby and being 8+ hours away it's a tough trip and we understand that. I truly marvel at how many families do not miss a Christmas being together. I was certainly never able to always be with my family for Christmas, so guess that's why I understand it so well. We will Facetime with them Christmas Day and enjoy our celebration by that means.
I wish for you and yours the most wonderful of Christmases and His blessings for the year ahead. Note: I'll be away from blogging until next Monday.