Our annual cookie day was this past weekend. My family has been getting together the Saturday after Thanksgiving for over forty years.
Each year, we spend more and more time catching up, eating and drinking wine, and less time baking. It’s great fun! I love the camaraderie, in spite of all the strong personalities, viewpoints and lifestyles coming together.
Usually a different person each year volunteers to host Cookie Day, someone who has enough kitchen space and countertops for us to spread out, someone who is willing to let us take over and make mess.
The rule for the little kids is you can eat up to 100 cookies! One year, someone tried… and got sick. ~hehehehehe~
The ladies (and little kids) usually have soup for lunch while the guys go to a bar. At the end of the day, we take turns filling our tins with cookies to take home and enjoy throughout the rest of the holiday season.
Do you have any holiday traditions in your family or extended family?
Thank goodness it’s Friday! At the end of the week, it’s nice to stop and take a moment to share the things I’m thankful for from the past week. It’s a great way to appreciate the big things and the small things.
1. I am thankful for the great week I just had with my family at my parent’s lake house. It was wonderful to spend time with my parents, my sister, my brother and their families.
2. I am thankful to have access to Lake Michigan so we could go swimming, boating and kayaking.
3. I am thankful for all the beautiful sunsets we saw over the water.
4. I am thankful for beach bonfires and s’mores.
5. I am thankful for the woods around my parents’ house so we could explore on our hikes and bike rides.
6. I am thankful to be home, after being away for nine days.
7. I am thankful to have cell phone and Internet access again, after being without for nine days.
Inspired by this ongoing series of posts.
Hope you have a few things to be thankful for this week.
I’ve been a little quiet around here lately, enjoying the past week at my parent’s house on Lake Michigan with my family.
We’ve been boating, swimming, kayaking, hiking in the woods, biking and spending time together.
sunset at dinner
hiking in the woods
I haven’t seen my brother and sisters’ families much this year, so it’s been great hanging out together. I’ll be back on Friday with my list of things to be thankful for this week. Hope you’re enjoying some family time these last days of summer too.
We could use all the prayers and moral support you can spare this week.
My husband is having surgery on both eyes on Monday morning. (eye muscle surgery to correct double vision.)
And then our beloved cat Angel is having surgery on Wednesday.
Think good thoughts for smooth surgeries and healthy recoveries!
We celebrated Christmas with lots of fun festivities!
We went bowling… for the first time in years. It was fun, although ugly at times, making it even more fun.
We soaked up some fresh air with a hike along the mighty Mississippi River.
We did a little antique shopping, finding all sorts of old treasures to marvel over.
We did a lot of cooking, including trying these fabulous cheese straws for the first time.
We baked cupcakes, hence the necessity for the above-mentioned hike.
We had fun eating surprise chocolates, which required a workout at the local gym.
We admired the neighborhood Christmas lights, which we heard was a project by the electrical students.
We enjoyed a peaceful Christmas Eve service, surrounded by beautiful luminaries and lots of singing.
We chilled out to a very important Christmas football game.
We shared presents, told stories, laughed and relaxed!
Hope you enjoyed your festivities too! Next up, I’m looking forward to the New Year’s Eve festivities… still to be determined.
For the first time in awhile, I managed to keep busy and on-task last week, thanks to the to-do list I made. Since it works well for me, that will be my new weekly routine, to make a list on Sunday night of the things I need to accomplish for the week.
One day last week, I made a spontaneous decision to go for a long bike ride. It was one of the highlights of my week, so I thought it was good inspiration for my first art card, which turned out to be a dreamy image of a trail with a cool quote I found.
At the end of the week, I went to visit my cousin Kim who has been going through some difficult times. It was really great spending the afternoon with her and my mom. We are the same age and were the closest of friends growing up, like sisters. We still remain close, but live farther apart these days, so we don’t get to see each other as often. I thought it would be fun to use an old photo of us from our high school graduation party to illustrate side 2 of my card, which turned out to be a goofy little image of us.
Check out the art my creative buddies Michelle and Sandra have been adding to our Flickr group – I love seeing our variety of styles, inspirations and techniques.
Here’s to another productive week!
After a weekend full of entertaining, my brother, my niece and I decided to go skiing today. It was a fun, exhilarating, and relaxing way to spend a winter day outside.
Did I ever tell you that my all-time favorite thing to do is ski? I LOVE to ski! I learn how when I was about five years old, so it’s in my blood.
I didn’t take any pictures over the holiday weekend because we hosted a Christmas Eve dinner and a Christmas Day dinner. Things were quite busy in our kitchen! After all those guests and meals, I can’t believe we don’t have many leftovers. Just enough for one meal.
I have a lot to catch up on, so I’m happy to have a quiet week ahead of me. Hope everyone had a wonderfully festive holiday weekend too!