Category: Holiday


Happy New Year!

Sending you all good wishes from Northport. We had a nice time at the cabin, but decided to come home before the New Year’s crowds ascended. We would have stayed if the forecast was for a lot of snow, but that was not the case!

We did get a touch of snow last night, which put some snow on the tree branches for a short time this morning.

Our drive home was uneventful – the skies were clear all the way into Belfast, when we encountered some fog. The Princess registered her displeasure with being forced to sit in the back seat:

As we pulled into our driveway, I was pleased to see there was no 3rd story added to the SHED. It isn’t quite done, but they have made good progress.

Sending Happy New Year wishes to family and friends. We are not sad to say goodbye to 2021, but we do want to remind you all – 2022 is pronounced ”twenty twenty too.”

Stay Safe!!!

Legoland – Part 2 – Guest Blog

Here we go – the rest of the story. Chrisie continues the Legoland Adventure below:

Legoland Guest Blog by Chrisie

We had breakfast and then headed west on interstate 4 towards Legoland. We were going to stay at one of the Hotels on the park’s land but they were booked for our dates. It ended up working better because someone got a much needed night’s sleep. 😃

We arrived early and parked. I went to the customer service counter to make sure our tickets were in order. You have to reserve everything online now. Good  thing I did. Someone (me) had messed up the tickets. The customer service representative squared it out and we headed towards the gate. Note: the Legoland website is not easy to navigate..

We started at the back of the park. We had read in a travel blog that everyone starts at the carousel. The back was completely quiet. They even had Vegas! Thought about Beth, but there was no Lego Beth. 😉

Louie wanted the first stop to be the mini US. Everything was made out of Legos. This was our favorite part of the park! Very very cool. They even had Palm Beach. We saw Lego Dragons, mummies, even animals. We did a couple of rides. No motion sickness; all the rides are for young children.

 Note: Legoland is PERFECT for kids under 10. Louie had a ball; absolutely loved it! Louie stopped inside some hands-on places.It was pretty cool.We grabbed burgers at the only place open to eat for lunch….a little hard to find food at Legoland. Then we went to the museum that told about the history of Legos and Legoland.

I forgot to add that mini USA had water squirters – see the photo below. Every little river had a button to push to shoot out water. Louie accidentally soaked a lady. We quickly left the area but it was hilarious!!

Yan was exhausted. Louie got a shirt and we headed home. It was a great day. Thank you Uncle Lou and Aunt Sharon for the Legoland experience. We haven’t seen Louie that excited in a long time.

This concludes the guest blog.

Thank you, Chrisie, for sharing your Legoland Adventure with us. Note – I asked Chrisie how crowded it was, and she said it wasn’t crowded at all. I guess these crazy kids were not so crazy after all, and this was a perfect time to visit Legoland. We are so glad you all had a great time.

Our Christmas Feast

We had a nice quiet day. The forecast was for snow most of the day, but that didn’t happen. Hopefully we will see more this week.

Lou, as usual, outdid himself. We had Prime Rib, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, and Green Beans. We didn’t need any extras, as this was plenty. While it is always wonderful to share holiday time with friends and family, there was something very nice about a quiet day, most of it spent lounging in front of the fire.

Dessert is yet to come – freshly baked apple pie with ice cream. It might take me some time to make room for this treat!

And another shot, because it is really all about the Meat:

Wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas, and best wishes for the last last week of the year.

Stay Safe!!!

Merry Christmas 🎄

We wish everyone a Merry Christmas. Whether you are celebrating with friends, family, or yourself, may your memories bring you joy. We will have a very quiet Christmas this year, and that’s alright. We have had enough excitement for 2021, and are quite content to ride out the rest of the year in our rockers, in front of a warm fire ❤️

Natasha had the right idea, as she enjoyed a cozy nap this afternoon.

Peace and love to all 🎄❤️🥂

Advent Adventures

The pups continue to enjoy their Advent cookies. I continue to have trouble counting, but figure they will just keep getting cookies ’til we run out.

Beth & Todd sent the cutest live Christmas tree. And guess what? This one is an Advent Tree. We did get a chuckle – now I had a second counting challenge (click the pics for the full sized photos).

Isn’t this adorable? It even came with its own little lights. The ornaments fit in numbered pockets, and even I should be able to pull the right one out each day.

We can plant the tree after Christmas, and re-use the cute Advent base and ornaments.

Thank you, Beth & Todd !!!

Stay Safe!

The Day After

We had a quiet day today. Kathy and Steve left this morning – I forgot that Kathy likes to shop on the day after Thanksgiving. We really appreciated their company for Thanksgiving.

I said I would grab a photo of all of us, but that didn’t happen. I do have this photo from last year. We all look pretty similar, except we forgot to wear matching shirts this year..

I did get a photo of the delicious pumpkin pie before we cut into it last night:

And finally – photographic evidence of another milestone. Lou felt better today, and even made his own dinner of turkey sandwiches tonight.This is him smiling.