While it might be only five days until Christmas, it is just two days until the kids—all right, they’re really adults, but they will always be kids to me—come home. Tomorrow, Mike and Shannon will be leaving North Carolina on Saturday and spend the night with Dee in Brooklyn. Then to Maine, to Maine, they all come, and the whole crazy crew will be together until Sunday, December 29, when Shannon and Mike head back to North Carolina. Dee will stay with us until the New Year.
Clif and I are more than a little excited to have everyone home. The shelves, freezer, and refrigerator are bursting with good things to eat. There will be movies, of course, and board games and pizza with friends. And lots and lots of talking. I know the time will fly by ever so fast, but what a delicious feeling it is to be at the beginning of the festivities rather than at the end.
I will be taking a break from blogging until the New Year. With so much family and fun, I’m not sure how many blogs I’ll be able to read, but I’ll be back in the saddle come the beginning of January.
Two things to share before I sign off.
The first is from Suzzane’s Mom’s Blog, a wonderful source of offbeat news, most of it positive. Recently, there was a post about how in 1955 NORAD began tracking Santa’s progress. After all the upsetting news about politics and the climate crisis, this is sure to put a smile on your face. Go, Santa, go!
The second are some snowy pictures I took around our yard. I know that in different parts of the world, Christmas looks different, and that’s as it should be. The world is big, and there is lot of variety. But to northern New England, Christmas means snow, and here are some pictures I took around our yard after the last storm a couple of days ago.
Happy holidays to you all. See you in 2020.
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Have a great Christmas and all the best to you and your family for 2020.
How exciting to have the whole family visiting for Christmas … we also have our family coming soon. Enjoy the fun and best wishes for the New Year! ⛄️❄️🌞😎
Many thanks! Hope your holidays were merry and that the terrible fires have not reached you.
Cannot wait to be up there! See you in just a couple days!! 😄😄😄 ☃️☃️🎄🎄
Awesome, enjoy your family and the festive season, Laurie.
Happy Holidays and all the best for for 2020.
Warm greetings from the wintery coast of North Norfolk
The Fab Four of Cley
The same to you and yours!
Enjoy your family, Laurie! I’m heading to mine tomorrow. And as for NORAD, you can follow the Santa Tracker on Christmas Eve. It’s a hoot.
Hope your holidays were merry!
Gorgeous snow scenes Laurie and Happy Holidays to you and your family from the Highlands too! 🤗💖🎄 xxx
Many, many thanks!
I hope that your Christmas is all that you would wish it to be and that you have a good new year holiday too.
I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to step outside and hear laughter coming from your part of the world over the next week. Have a GREAT time. 🙂
Merry merry Christmas to all of you!! I’ll be dropping off a little “I care” package to you sometime Sunday. If there’s a time better for you, message me and let me know. I can just tuck it on the storm door, if you like.
How exciting to have everyone under the same roof. Enjoy your holidays to the fullest! ❤
Have a very Merry Christmas with all your family! I’ve so enjoyed your posts in 2019. All the very best for 2020.
Thanks so much! And I’ve enjoyed your posts, too. Can’t wait to start reading them again.
Over the hill & through the woods to grandmother’s house we go? Not exactly a description of 95 or 81 from NC to NCY to Maine, and I guess it’s to mother house. I’m sure you will have lots of good Christmas music going too. – Oscar
Not exactly over the hill and through the woods, but the sentiment is right. 😉
Hi Laurie. Have a great time with your family. Take care.
I also wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and wonderful time together!
Thanks so much, Tanja!
I just picked my girls up from the airport last night so now I can breathe a sigh of relief and Christmas can begin here too.
I hope all your loved ones arrive safely and you all have a wonderful time together.
Best wishes xxx
Yes!! Hope your holidays were merry.
Happy holidays Laurie.
Enjoy, Enjoy and Enjoy 😀
You will have a wonderful time. Enjoy it, all of you. I especially hope Clif has fun with the snow gauge
The snow gauge doesn’t come out until March, when we are anxiously waiting for the snow to go away. 😉
Oh how wonderful! Have a memorable happy time-and Hinterland is beautiful! Merry Christmas!
Enjoy your family, Laurie. Merry Christmas to all of you!
Many thanks! Hope your holidays were full of merriment and good food.
They were, indeed. All the kids piled home and we did it up right.
By now, everyone should have gathered, and the festivities no doubt have begun. Have a wonderful time with your family, and a very Merry Christmas!
Many thanks! Hope your Holidays were merry.
Happy Christmas Laurie to you and yours. I’ll be dreaming of you having a wonderful white Christmas!
Loved the photos….Merry Christmas Laurie.
Have a wonderful time with the ‘kids’
Thanks for sharing the beautiful winter images and have a wonderful holiday with your family!🙂 Looking forward to the movie reviews!🙂
Many thanks! The same to you and yours.
Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you all, Laurie! I love the snow photos, but glad we don’t have any, yet. 🙂
Love the snow photos and wishing you a wonderful Christmas and New Year start
Thanks for the mention. I hope that Christmas with your kids was as delightful as it could possibly be.
A busy, busy time!
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