(Does anyone read that line without hearing it in their head as the song?! Now that I’ve written it down it’ll be playing over and over in my head for the rest of the day, I’m sure!)
We had a long, warm fall, and only a couple of minimal dustings of snow, so we don’t really feel like winter has settled in yet. But that seems about to change overnight, with the potential of waking up to 5 or 6 inches of snow. We’re ready — we want a white Christmas and last year cut it a bit close with the snow only arriving on Christmas eve!
But, snow or not, we’ve got our tree up — sparkling with colored lights this year rather than white for the first time in probably thirty years! — and more lights tracing the deck rail all around the house, so we’re feeling Christmas-y finally.
Chris and Louise brought a gingerbread village kit for Avila right at the beginning of the month, so we gals had a great time building and decorating multiple buildings. We had some technical challenges and I don’t think we met building code, but it was fun!
Last year we had trouble keeping GrisGris from jumping up, trying to get at the gingerbread house, but his age has caught up with him and he’s moving pretty slowly these days. One of the few benefits of that is that the village is now safe on the piano where we get to enjoy it!
We’ve collectively agreed to keep the Christmas shopping substantially reined in this year, but it’s still fun to find the few gifts we are giving and this week will hopefully see it all wrapped up — figuratively and literally! — and we’re anticipating having a low-key, delightful holiday.
Collin and new wife Katy will be here, so we’re looking forward to that. Hurricane Joaquin arrived the same weekend in October as their Bald Head Island (North Carolina) wedding, putting a kibosh on the planned beach ceremony. But it worked out beautifully, the bride took the change in plans with grace and good humor, and a wonderful time was had by all. The rain let up in time for some beach wedding pictures which I think helped offset any disappointment and it was truly all so lovely, I can’t see that the adjustment of the venue harmed the event in the least.
Although no one, of course, is supposed to “show up” the star of the show — the bride! — Avila came close in her spectacular flower girl dress and poised processional, carefully tossing her rose petals — first to the left, then to the right, then down the middle, just as she’d practiced.
The only unexpected challenge came as a result of that venue change — the “aisle” as planned on the beach would have been a straight shot, so that’s what she’d practiced. The new location meant people entered from the back, but off to the side, so it required walking a bit and then making a 90-degree turn to go down the actual aisle. Since no one thought to explain that to Avila, she just kept walking, right across the back of the seated assembly.
Luckily someone re-directed her and she completed her task charmingly. Nana (Larry’s mom) made the absolutely gorgeous dress and aside from looking adorable, she had a wonderful time at the wedding. You should have seen her flouncing around on the dance floor to the 70s and 80s pop music! More wedding pix down below.
Henry turned one on the 7th and was appropriately underwhelmed by his party! Everyone else thought the party was lovely — Jen put on a great hot cocoa bar, several of us brought food so there was lots of yummy stuff to eat but not too much work for any one person, and just a nice crowd of folks.
Henry is such a total munch-mouth, eating pretty much any food item that crosses his path, Jen was hoping he might be more interested in his birthday cake than Avila had been, but no, not the case. Oh well. Hard, really, to complain that the kids aren’t that crazy about cake!
Seems like there’s other miscellaneous “news” to report, but actually none is coming to mind and this is plenty long already. So I’ll sign off with a bunch more photos and simply send the wish and hope that you all will experience a joyous holiday season, spending time with loved ones, appreciating all the gifts in our life (and I don’t mean those presents under the tree!), and PLEASE comment! I love comments!!