Sunday, December 18, 2016

An Overview of Thursday thru Sunday!

As with everyone, these weeks right before Christmas can be so busy, but fun!

Thursday was a day of Ken doing errands, registering the CRV, and having a discussion with Verizon.    I spent from 9 to 1 making Christmas candy treats to use for gifts (of course, we had to try them several times to make sure they were suitable and eatable for gift giving)!  I also made some seaglass pictures for selling at craft shows.  Certainly hope they will be marketable items!  Time will tell!  Ken also spent some time getting information on hospitalization for Jamie because they need to find a new policy for 2017.

After dinner Ken had a nice chat with Ernie.  All of us will be ready to get to warmer weather in January!

Friday I met my Curvettes friends for breakfast - it was nice to have Deb back from Florida and be part of our time together.  I returned home after doing some grocery shopping at Wal-Mart.  I dusted and scoured the apartment and then cut-up veggies for the Hosler Christmas luncheon on Saturday!

Ken and I left at 12:30 for my cystoscopy appt. at the Lancaster Surgical Center.  I must admit that I was more uptight about this repeat procedure than normal. I guess I was concerned that the Dr. would find some new growths that would require surgery and I knew that would be a problem with our Jan. 2nd plan to leave for Florida.  What a relief and "new lease on life" when the Dr. said "Merry Christmas, I see nothing of concern in your bladder"!  I was so relieved and thankful.  

Fortunately, I have always felt fine after the procedure, so we left there at 1:30 and arrived at Twin Valley Elementary School at 2:15 for Katelyn's Kindergarten Christmas Program.  It was fun to watch!

After the little party in her Kindergarten classroom, Ken and I went to Lanie's and loaded the girls clothing, etc. for a sleepover at our house.  The 4 of us went right to the Choo Choo Barn, a Christmas traditional for our granddaughters, and enjoyed the wonderful miniature train display.  Many of the displays were new and improved this year. 

Outside the Choo Choo Barn.  It was very cold!

A new Amish Farm scene!

The zoo and the sky resort and sky slope in the background!

They added a stone quarry...

...and an Amish barn raising with the ladies preparing lunch
for the workers!

Lots of lighted houses, train,s cars, etc. when the main lights\
are turned off!

The girls enjoyed the large circus display (you only see a
very small part of it!)

You hear the fire siren and then flames and smoke coming from
the A-Frame.  The fire struck arrives on the scene from the
nearby fire station and the firemen get off the engine and start
climbing the ladder!  The fire is under control and the fire truck
returns to the fire house!

Samantha and Katelyn also got to talk to Santa to make sure he knew what they wanted for Christmas.  Katelyn was especially excited to talk to him, for she had forgotten to mention something she was hoping to receive when she had talked to a different Santa. 

Getting ready to share their Christmas list with Santa!

Well, he knows what they want! 
He treats them with a candy cane and a fresh baked cookie!

We stopped at Subway for a light dinner and then played games when we got to our apartment.  They were so good and so much fun!

The girls were up by 6, played in their room, and then I joined them at 6:20 and we looked at the snow that had fallen- only about an inch.  But, it did change to rain and got a bit slippery, then changed to all rain when it started to get warmer.

Ken and I got ready while the girls played on our I-Pads.  Then it was time for Grandma's pancake breakfast.  Samantha and Katelyn played with the Lego Barbies and then we all played the Marble Game ( a lot like Parcheesi).  I am amazed at how well 5 year old Katelyn understands and plays the game.  We left at 11 to go to Ephrata Church of the Brethren for the Hosler Christmas Luncheon.  Everyone was there (40) of us with only Bryant and Bridget not there because she is due to deliver their 1st child Jan. 1st and the Dr. did not want them to travel about 1 1/2 hours from home.  It was a very nice time of fellowship with our girls and their families and with Ken's brothers and sister and all of their children and grandchildren.   We only left there at 4 and returned to our apartment.  

Our friends, Fred and Doloris, joined us for dinner at 6 (leftovers from today's luncheon) and a few additional items and an evening of card playing.  The men won 2 of the 3 games!  We hadn't seen them since Sept. so it was a fun evening and we were so glad to see them.

Today, Sunday, it was 55 degrees when we left for Church but by noon the temperature started dropping and the winds increased!  After another inspiring sermon, we joined two of the couples in our Life Group for breakfast. Then Ken dropped me off at AC Moore to buy a few Christmas gifts and he went to Costco to pick up some photos I had ordered and camping scrapbook pages for the little ones.  We were home by 2 and made up bags of candy "goodies" for the folks who live in our apartment building and my Curvette ladies.  I also got all of the pages in the 4 granddaughters camping books.  I am beginning to see daylight at the end of the Christmas project gift list!  We delivered the treat bags to our neighbors and then Ken made dinner while I did a few more projects.  It was nice to spend the afternoon and evening at home!

Looking forward to a less hectic week!


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