Even with Covid-19 causing many to think this year is the worst ever we found things to be thankful for. In fact, we found a lot; no one in our family have contracted Covid-19, we have a loving and caring family, we are very lucky to have 12 beautiful grandchildren, we have portal to stay connected to our family which seems to make them seem closer and many more.
David and I are lucky that we do have some family here. That means that we went to Heather and Dan’s for dinner. Heather and I split the cooking which made it easier on both of us. I did cheap on desserts by buying the pumpkin pie from a local bakery and the Lemon bundt cake from Maria to support her school. They were both delicious and I didn’t have to cook them which was nice.
When we got to their house Heather and the girls already had the table set.
We had our first backyard party in our new house due to Covid-19. It was not a big party. Our daughter, her husband and their twin daughters and our friends we met in our neighborhood, which consist of Christina and her 8 year old daughter, Maria.
It was a beautiful day in York, Pennsylvania. We spent the day in the backyard watching the girls play.
Maria has been giving the girls toys she has outgrown like the little tyke car and trailer.
Once upon a time there was a little girl, Maria, who was the Princess of York. She lived a quiet life on a quiet street with her Mother the Queen. Then one day as she looked out the window she saw a big, white animal walking down the sidewalk in front of her castle.
Maria tells the Queen, Christina, that there is a polar bear walking down the sidewalk. Her mother informs her that there are no polar bears in York. We live to far south for them to be here.
I had the most wonderful Christmas this year. Four of my five children were here for Christmas and 8 of my 12 grandchildren were home. Then Heather also had her in laws and her brother in law at her house.
We had a gathering at our house on Christmas eve. We opened a few presents then with my grandson, Rickie, because he was working on Christmas day. The rest of us got to open one package which was new pj’s that Grandma got for everyone.
Are you going crazy trying to get ready for Christmas? I know I am. This will be the first year since the kids all left home that we are all going to be together, well except for the oldest. That makes 4 children, 2 son in laws, 1 daughter in law, 2 grandsons, 6 granddaughters, my oldest daughter’s in laws and her brother in law and my oldest grandson’s girlfriend. I believe that comes to 19. What a wonderful Christmas we will have, but getting ready is the hard part. Continue reading “Christmas Craziness!”
My daughter, Heather, and I have not really had any mother daughter time since I got back from my 5 week vacation. We love our time together and have really missed it. I am usually available but Heather is always so busy. She is the CEO of the biggest manufacturer in Alaska. Yes there are not many manufacturers in Alaska but I am so proud of her. She has grown the company so much since she has been with them. Anyway that is a whole other blog at some time but here is their web page if you are interested.
Back to the subject the one thing that Heather and I love to do is hit Value Village, a second-hand store, when they have a sale. Well Saturday was 50% off everything in the store. Well we had to hit that before we set off for the garage sales. We had given Daddy, Dan, the day off since he is the one that stays home with the girls. When we got there we each grabbed a baby and a basket. Off we went to do some shopping. I do have to let you know that Heather is a real clothes hound. She has this huge walk in closet while poor Dan has a very small area to hang his clothes and it is almost full. It is so big that right now they have the babies’ bassinets in there and still room to walk around. Anyway back to the story. I didn’t want to look at any clothes because I am losing weight and wanted to wait until I could buy smaller clothes. I did need some small muffin tins to make fat bombs and David asked for me to look for him some new work clothes. He had only been wearing the some paint clothes for years and I am not sure what color they are any more because of all the different color paint on them. I wonder if we could start a new thing called paint dyed. I always look at the patterns. I found all that I wanted, so I started looking for little girls clothes. Heather was wanting the next size up 3 to 6 months and 9 months. While I was doing this Heather was looking for clothes for her. I have seen her on the news here and see what she is wearing thinking I remember her buying that at Value Village. Well I was done and had to wait for mom to finish shopping. You can see how interested the girls were
Then we finally got out of there and off we went to garage sales. Moving from garage sale to garage sale Heather would pump. She has this great pump that runs on batteries. She puts in on under her bra and can just keep going. She can pump while driving. Of course, she looks like Dolly Parton with them on. She used to be so worried about things like that now it is like who cares. I think she has turned into a Mommy. We went to lunch and while we were there woke the girls up so they could eat and get their bottoms changed. We hit a sale that was $5 for a grocery bag of baby clothes. The girls got even more clothes. Grandma was looking for some toys and car seats for her house. I found a few little things. I used to have tons and car seats but since I have not had new babies in the family for 6 years I had got rid of it all. Well it was getting to be late afternoon and we decided to call it a day.
Heather asked if I wanted to go to Target with her to help with the girls. I told her fine. It is really funny to watch this short, little Mom try to get a car seat in the seat of a shopping cart. She almost has to lift it up over her head. Anyway, Kate started to fuss so Heather tried something new.
She loved this and spent the whole time looking at her formula. Heather tries to mostly breastfeed but she does have a hard time trying to pump while at work which is making her milk production drop some.
The girls are five and half months old but being 7 week early they are a little small for their age. They don’t do things as fast as a normal baby because of being early but they are catching up fast.
Well we had a wonderful girls day out and Dad got to work in his garage on cars which he loves. He did say he sure missed his girls.