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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

MY CHRISTMAS AT MY SON'S


CHRISTMAS EVE AFTER CHURCH 2016



My son flew me up to Las Gatos, CA  to spend Christmas with him and his daughter Kelly.  We had a wonderful time.  We did so many fun things, seeing old friends and just enjoying a old fashion Christmas.

Shaun always makes a Prime Rib Dinner on Christmas or Christmas Eve depending on when we have Kelly.  This year it was Christmas Eve and Kelly had to leave by noon on Christmas Day to spend time with her mother.

Clark, Jennifer, Lexie and Lindsey after church Christmas Eve  Notice Clarks' pants, they had little Christmas Wreaths on them - we really cute.


 The table ws full of munchies - Clark and Jennifers girls, Lexie and Lindsey



Everyone crowding into the kitchen to sample the goodies and have a glass of Champagne.


Kim, my son's girl friend, and she is lovely, Shaun and Jennifer sampling the Prime Rib



Clark with his two daughters



Shaun and Kelly's Christmas Tree



Shaun had no center piece, so with a little thought I put this center piece together.  Kim, his girls friend went into the back yard and cut some green branches and I went to work on a center piece.  Kelly has a collection of  Nut Crackers so I lined them up down the center of  the table with some red sparkle ribbon, but the nutcrackers were to tall so I took off the little one's from the tree and they worked fine.

Shaun had prepared the most wonderful Prime Rib with mashed potatoes, au jus, horseradish, creamed corn and Parker House light rolls.  For dessert we had home made fudge,(Pioneer Woman's recipe) and it was so good, cookies and Kelly made a bundt cake.  We had champagne, and lots of wonderful red wine.


After dinner, which I must say was wonderful, the girls started opening up some of their gifts.

Shaun and Kim watching the girls have fun.

Jennifer opening up one of her gifts.

Early Christmas Morning opening up presents before Kelly had to leave.


Can you believe the mess LOL

Kelly left to go to her mom's and Shaun and I relaxed and watched a couple of movies.  Monday I was heading home and Shaun was taking down the tree as Kim and Shaun were going Skiing in Tahoe. on Tuesday.  Kim has a condo there.  Lots of rain so that means lots and lots of snow up in the mountains. They had more snow than in the last decade, so everyone was flocking to the snow.


This was taken this morning.  I have a new room mate and she is such a creative young woman.  She made this beautiful wind chime for her space at Country Vintage in Orange.  She does terrific work and is selling them, sooooooooooo if anyone is interested let me know. Her crystals are stunning.



There's Lili photo bombing the picture.  She was wondering why we were outside in out jammies taking pictures.  LOL  Please excuse the furniture all pushed together, but with the rain I am trying to keep it dry.  Three more storms coming into tonight until Monday.

I am the Uber driver for the neighborhood (I'm not really) ,just take them to school since their parent have to be at work early-  so they don't get wet.  Just playing it back for all the help I used to get when Shaun was young.


So if you know of anyone that collects wind chimes and they are one of a kind, let me know.

Sorry to be so tardy in posting but I was tired after Christmas and then taking down the tree and getting the room ready to rent out - I just don't know where my time goes.  Guess I am getting lazy in my old age.

Have a wonderful week and I hope you will leave your comments, we love to read them.

Mary, Waldo and Lili


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    1. Thanks so much MArty, it was and I loved every minute of it. Thanks for stopping by.
      Mary

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  2. What a lovely post. You have such a beautiful family and it looks like a Christmas filled with love, which is what they all should be. How nice of them to fly you in.

    And your centerpiece rocks! What a great use of collections and what's on hand to make something truly lovely.

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    1. Thanks so much for your comments. So glad that you liked my post. I don't post that often due to be fact that I don't have anything to post about.

      Take care of yourself and have a great weekend.

      Hugs,
      Mary

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  3. I am SOOO happy to know you have a new roommate. I worried about you being in the house there all by your lonesome. I know you will benefit from having a young creative person living there.

    Those are wonderful pictures of Shaun & Kelly and his friend, Kim. She looks like a lovely person. That first picture of you and Shaun & Kelly is a keeper. You certainly are a pretty lady, Mary.

    I hope you have a wonderful week and that you are all rested up after all you did over the holidays. Love to you- xo Diana

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    1. I have to agree with you on a couple of items, yes, I love having Crystal here, she is a beuaitful woman and so carring and is a joy to have around. Plus she is so creative
      and has 4 spaces at a Antique store.

      I am still very tired from all the doings, decorating and putting stuff away. This old gal isn't what she used to be LOL, but I try to keep up with the young ones.

      So glad to hear from you my dear friend and I feel like I have know you for a long time.

      Have a great rest of the week.

      Lots of hugs,
      Mary

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  4. What a fun post. The photo of you is so cute! I am so happy to hear that you had such a lovely holiday.

    Incidentally, my son is named Sean too. Isn't that interesting.

    More rain expected, it makes it hard to get anything done outside, but definitely worth the inconvenience.

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    1. Thanks so much for your comments. I am sure your son is great as mine is. He sure looks after his mom and I am sure your son does too.

      We did have a wondeful Christmas Eve with great friends and my granddaughter. She is taller than her grandmother LOL. But she is so sweet and helps me in and out of the SUV. Shaun doesn't even tell her to, she just goes ahead and does it. We had lots of fun baking together and she had a terrible cold also.

      I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas also.

      I am so enjoying the rain and I say bring it on. My roses are filling out so good, so much new growth on them..
      Enjoy the rest of the week and stay dry.

      Mary

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  5. Mary, you had a nice celebration on Christmas Eve with all the family. That Pioneer Woman Fudge sounds delightful. I love fudge! And the prime rib sounds delicious. I didn't know you were getting your room ready to rent out. I really like the hummingbird wind chimes that your new roommate made. That's so nice that you drive some of the neighbors to school. Yes, I heard lots of rain is headed your way in So Cal. It's raining here today too, pretty hard.

    Bundle up and stay warm, Mary.

    love, ~Sheri

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    1. Thanks so much for your great comments. Christmas was great. Sherri that Fudge recipe is so easy and quick and is probably the best I have eaten and it's a no fail one. How I used to stir that fudge over the store waiting for it to get to the right temperature and then it still wouldn't set LOL. MY Kelly said grandma this is so EASY
      The wind chime is so beautiful and such long crystals - she did a terrific job on it.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend.

      Hugs,
      Mary

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  6. Hi Mary,
    Love the pic of you and your family. How sweet and what a fun Christmas you all had. Love it Mary that you could throw together a center piece in no time flat lol! So happy you had a great Christmas. The pic of you and your son and granddaughter is a keeper. Beautiful.
    Have a great week.
    xoxo
    Kris

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Kris. The center piece was so easy. A man doesn't think about a tablescape, just the food. LOL. But, he does keep a nice clean house and has decorated it nicely. I can see my decorating in his. Guess he paid attention when growing up.

      I love the picture too and will have to get it inlarged.

      Hope you have a warmer weekend. MY flowers are dancing in the rain.

      Gugs,
      Mary

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  7. Good morning my lovely friend beautiful family
    Pictures I'm so happy you have a very nice Christmas with your lovely family
    And friends
    We have nice Christmas after the 26 we went to Teeneesee for New Years we have the most
    Nice time so beautiful Pegeon force in the smoki mountain we rent cabin was so cozy
    Lili and Walter look so nice I'm glad you have
    Room made living with you
    Have blessing day
    XO
    Isora

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by. So glad that you had a great time in the Smokies, sound like alot of fun and that your Christmas was good too.

      Love my new room mate, she is a wonderful lady, feels like a daughter that I never had and I am a spolier LOL.

      Have a wonderful weekend Isora, always love hearing from you.

      Hugs,
      Mary

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  8. Mary, looks and sounds like you had a wonderful time with family. So glad you enjoyed yourself. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Cindy. Hoping that you ahd a wonderful Christmas too.

      Have a great weekend.

      Hugs,
      Mary

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  9. Hi Mary,
    We have a lot of things in common. Sounds like your Christmas was a joyful holiday. Thank you for your comment on retirement living. My sister lives in Los Gatos, and we have granddaughters that leave on Christmas Day to be with their Dad. As I say "Just go next door." The stories are all the same these days. Thanks again for visiting My Cozy Corner.
    Joyously,
    Betty

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Betty. Alot of friends, if they are younger do not understand how things work when we get older. i do what I can, when I can and if I don't feel like doing, I don't do.

      Have a wonderful rest of the weekend and again, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

      Mary

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  10. Hi Mary, it sounds like you had such a nice Christmas. Thanks for sharing the photos with us. Your yard is beautiful and I love the wind chimes.
    Say hello to the dogs and give them a hug from Bosco and me.
    Hugs, Julie

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Julie. We did have a wonderful Christmas - was lots of fun. Time goes so quickly.

      The yard is not to good, but the roses and plants are loving the rain and are dancing.
      Another storm coming in tomorrow and lasting until sometime Monday.

      Hope your weather is good.
      Hugs to Bisco from Waldo and Lili.

      Hugs,
      Mary

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  11. What a lovely family you have! How nice to see everyone so thoroughly enjoying themselves. Everything always goes by in such a flash that it's often hard to enjoy it all. The wind chime is lovely, and I particularly enjoyed seeing those summery pictures.

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by - glad you liked the post.

      Yes, we really had a very lovely Christmas - lots of laughs and good food.

      Mary

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  12. Thanks so much for stopping by. Yes, time does go quckly and we had such a wonderful time with family and friends.

    Mary

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  13. Hi Mary, so sorry I'm late in visiting, but, bu now, you know my computer has not been working. Looks like a lovely Christmas with a lovely family and good food, I might add. Hope you are enjoying the new year so far..Happy Weekend..xxoJudy

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    1. Sorry that you are having computer problems. I hate it when that happends, it's like the world is coming to an end LOL.

      thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments - so glad you liked the post.

      Have a wonderful weekend - I loved the rain. Got 5 inches at my house, according my rain gage.

      Hugs,
      Mary

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  14. Hi Mary,

    You look SO pretty in that first picture; you're a very attractive lady!! It looks like you had such a wonderful Christmas, and I'm so very glad. I enjoyed reading about it. :) Your son, Shaun, is so very good to you, isn't he?

    I'm very glad to read that you have a roommate, and she certainly seems very nice. That wind chime is GORGEOUS!! What a talented lady she is! Lili looks so cute "photo bombing" the picture -- what a sweetie. :D

    Thank you for your recent visits, Mary, and I apologize for taking so long to visit you back. Life has been so crazy busy here for quite a while. Love and best wishes to you for 2017!

    Hugs,

    Denise

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Denise, it is always so good to hear from you. Glad that you liked the post. Christmas was wonderful and we all had such an amazing time.

      Sounds like you have been so busy - take care and don't wear yourself out. One good thing about being retired - you walk to your own drummer LOL. Do what you want when you want.

      Have a great week.

      Hugs,
      Mary

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  15. Dear Mary,

    What wonderfully cheery pics of your Christmas vacation with your son and granddaughter! It is very evident that a good time was had by all in attendance. Kelly looks so much like her dad; what a pretty young lady she is.

    So happy that you now have a roommate; you will be good for one another. She is a talented gal and I'm sure she has said the same thing about you, sweet friend, in addition to your generous and caring heart. Kudos to you for being the designated driver and getting the neighbourhood kids to school in the mornings.

    Did you end up getting all that rain? I guess it must be great nourishment for your beautiful roses!

    Wishing you a fantastic week ahead,
    Hugs,
    Poppy

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    1. So glad to hear from you Poppy. Hope that everything is going to plan and that you are happy. Did your daughter move there with you?

      Yes, we did get RAIN and I mean RAIN. It rained all day yesterday, very hard and flooding everywhere. We were okay

      Take care of yourself Poppy and I always enjoy hearing from you dear friend.

      Hugs,
      Mary

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  16. I see you had a ball:) That is what Christmas is all about..ad it looks like everyone enjoyed them selves..how fun to have a new roomie..Happy new Year:)

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by. I love my new room mate, she is like a daughter and we get along so well. She is the daughter that I never had.

      Yes, I really enjoyed my Christmas.

      Have a wonderful week.

      Mary

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  17. Oh Mary, what a delightful Christmas! So glad that you got to spend it with your family. Loved seeing what they all look like! The prime rib sounds devine!! I love the crown at the top of the wind chime. Does she do something like that with all of them? Any idea of the cost? Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. So glad that you stopped by Jann and that you like my post. I did have a wonderful Christmas. MY Kelly is growing up way to fast - she is taller than me LOL but then everyone is taller than me. Glad you liked our family picture.

      That is the only one she did with the crown - it is the most stunning windchime that I have ever seen. The crystals are so long and beautiful and reflect the light - they sparkle so much. She is asking $225, plus shipping. She is making more and I will send you pictures of them, they are all one of a kind.

      Have a great week, guess your getting lots of snow and we are really getting the rain, which we raeally need so badly.

      Hugs,
      Mary

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  18. Mary, It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas vacation! I loved all the family photos, especially of you and your son and Kelly! The wind chimes are beautiful that your friend makes! Hope your doing well with all this rain. We have been getting a lot in San Diego. I can't wait to see what comes up in the garden this Spring. It will be so beautiful for the first time in years!! Have a wonderful week ♥Hugs, Jody

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    1. I can hardly wait to see what comes up also. The birds are always surprising me with gifts LOL.
      We have gotten a lot of rain - it rained all day yesterday. I need to go out and see how much rain I did get in my little rain gage. Still looks like we will get more today.

      So glad that you enjoed the post and liekd the pictures. Loved the one of the three of us. In fact we haven't taken one like that for a long long time.

      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy our rain. My flowers and bushes are dancing with delight from the rain.

      Hugs,
      Mary

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  19. Hi Mary, Looks like Christmas was certainly special at your son's home for the holidays. Love all your pics and the smiling faces of your family. Treasured moments to remember by all.
    The pic of you with your son and grand is beautiful. Happy New Year filled with many blessings. xo

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    1. So good hearing from you and that you liked my post.

      Hope that your Christmas was specail also. I especially like the photo of us all together. We seem to forget to take a family picture until we're not together.

      Thanks for stopping by and I miss your posts.

      Have a wonderful week.

      Hugs dear friend,
      Mary

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  20. So glad to hear you're getting lots of rain there too, Mary. I heard it was suppose to last until Monday, cause today it's sunny.....but cold. :) I wonder if more is on the way?

    love, ~Sheri

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  21. Oh my how Kelly has certainly grown to be such a beautiful young lady...time surely flies by way too fast!
    Loved seeing the pics of the family, etc. Looks like you all had such a wonderful Christmas...glad to see your post today!!! xoxoxo's

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    1. So glad that you were able to open up the post. Yes, Kelly sure has become a beautiful young lady. She is kind, caring and very loving. Her desire is HORSES HORSES and take riding lessons 3 times a week. Has won all sorts of blue ribbons and looks so regal in her riding habit. I tell her she will take 1st place in the Olympics. She has taken up skiing lessons and is doing very well.

      Thanks so much for stopping by Shirley - I did a post before this one on my Christmas decorations. Not as much I used to do - getting to old dragging the stuff out and them putting it away - it's a chore. But, I do love decorating.

      Have a wonderful weekend.
      Mary

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  22. so enjoyed all your photos of your beautiful family...so glad everyone had such a good time...one of our grandsons is teaching snowboarding in Lake Tahoe this year...he is having a blast and sends us photos of all that snow...

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  23. Wonderful post, Mary...all of the photos help me see who is who! And you look beautiful in that first one---so,so stylish. You need to come and do a makeover of my closet!!! ;-D Your celebrations look much like ours...food, fun and a huge mess! lol!

    I love the chimes. I never knew you had a roommate now or in the past. Did you know her previously? I know it must be great having company.

    I wrote you an email after your comment on my last post. It was sent to someone else who was nice enough to let me know she wasn't you!! Resending now.

    Love and hugs,

    Jane

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  24. Great posting Mary. Loved the picture of Shaun ane Kelly and you. That's a saver for sure. They h ave grown up so fast it's just so amazing. It starts to make you feel obsolete lol. And it seems every time I turn around its Christmas again ho ho ho. Your Christmas d ecorations are wonderful. Maybe they can come next to your house for a fun Christmas party. Take care see you tomorrow I love you. Phyllis

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  25. Mary,
    You have a beautiful family and I was so glad to hear that you were able to spend Christmas with them!! The wind chime is stunning!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  26. Hi Mary! I love all your Christmas pictures with your family opening their presents. What fun you were to be at your son's house and have prime ribs. The wind chime looks great too! Sorry this is a late comment but I hope you're well and enjoying your time.
    Cheers,
    Ping

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